2011 Jaguar XKR Convertible

Although we often mention Jaguar Land Rover as a company, we rarely talk about the Jaguar products. Jaguar currently offers three cars in the U.S. market: the mid-size XF, the full-size XJ (along with the long-wheelbase XJL), and the two-door XK sports car. All three models feature 5.0-liter V8 power and high-performance “R” trims. The brand is also exploring high-performance hybrid options for future production.

Jaguar Under Ford

When the Jaguar and Land Rover businesses were sold to Tata Motors, Ford bundled the two brands together into what amounted to a “buy one get one free” sale. Ford had paid $2.96 billion for Land Rover just eight years prior to selling off the brand bundled with Jaguar for $2.38 billion. The bundled sale was due to Jaguar and Land Rover having been closely linked under Ford management, sharing not only certain mechanicals but also an extensive dealership network.

2011 Jaguar Sales

For 2011, Jaguar’s U.S. sales were down 8 percent from 2010, with 12,276 cars finding buyers. The volume leader in the U.S. was the Jaguar XF with 5,303 sales. Closely following the XF was the Jaguar XJ, which saw 5,235 sales, a 22 percent increase over 2010. The XK rounded out the numbers with 1,738 units sold. While Jaguar sales have been lagging in the U.S. market throughout the 2011 model year, Land Rover has made up for it with some impressive sales gains. As with Land Rover, emerging markets are also becoming increasingly important for the Jaguar brand. 

Current Jaguar Models

2012 Jaguar XF

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged

The Jaguar XF is the company’s mid-size four-door sedan that is available in four trims: the XF, XF Portfolio, XF Supercharged, and the high-performance XFR. Introductory MSRPs range from $53,000.00 for the XF up to $82,000.00 for the XFR. The XF and XF Portfolio make use of a 385-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine that manages up to 23 MPG on the highway. The XF Supercharged ups horsepower to 470 but drops highway MPG to 21. At the top of the range, the XFR bumps up horsepower again with its version of the 5.0-liter supercharged V8. This 510-horsepower engine also delivers 21 MPG on the open road. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all trims.

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged Pictured.

2012 Jaguar XJ & XJL

2011 Jaguar XJ Supersport

The Jaguar XJ is the company’s full-size flagship vehicle. Like the XF, the XJ line is available in four trims, with two of the trims including both regular and long-wheelbase models: the XJ, XJL Portfolio, XJ & XJL Supercharged, and the XJ & XJL Supersport. The “L” designator indicates the long-wheelbase platform, which adds 4.9 inches to the wheelbase of the standard XJ. This translates into 5.2 inches of additional legroom for the rear seat occupants, a slightly wider turning circle, and a longer overall length. 

Pricing for the XJ line starts at $73,700.00 for the XJ and ranges up to $111,200.00 for the XJ Supersport. The engine selection is identical to the XF, with a 385-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 being offered as standard on the XJ and XJL Portfolio, a 470-horsepower supercharged V8 being offered on the XJ & XJL Supercharged, and the top-of-the-line 510-horsepower 5.0L supercharged V8 is offered on the Supersport. Fuel economy figures remain nearly identical to the XF.

2011 Jaguar XJ Supersport pictured.

2012 Jaguar XK

2011 Jaguar XK Coupe

The XK, Jaguar’s two-door sports car, is available as either a hardtop coupe or as a convertible. Unlike its siblings, the XF and XJ, the XK is available in only three trims: the XK, XKR, and the XKR-S. The XK makes use of the previously mentioned 385-horsepower V8 engine and the XKR is equipped with the 510-horsepower variant. The departure comes with the XKR-S, where owners will enjoy the most powerful engine in the current Jaguar lineup. This 550-horsepower supercharged V8 is capable of propelling the XKR-S from zero-to-60 MPH in just 4.2 seconds and still manages an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 22 MPG on the highway.

Prices for the XK line of sports cars start at $84,500.00 for the XK Coupe, $97,500.00 for the XKR Coupe, and $132,000.00 for the XKR-S Coupe. Buyers looking to enjoy the sun pay a premium for the privilege. The convertible starts at $90,500.00 for the XK Convertible, $103,500.00 for the XKR Convertible, and $138,000.00 for the XKR-S Convertible. 

2011 Jaguar XK Coupe pictured.

Future Jaguar Models & Concepts

Both of Jaguar’s current concept cars are hybrid models. The first is the Jaguar C-X16, a two-door hybrid sports car that combines a 3.0L V6 with an electric motor for on-demand power. The second is the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid supercar. 

Jaguar C-X16 Concept

Jaguar C-X16 Concept Car

The Jaguar C-X16 is a designed to showcase the next generation of Jaguar sports cars. The concept makes use of a front-mounted all-alloy supercharged 3.0L V6 engine combined with an electric motor. The gasoline engine produces 375-horsepower and 332 ft.-lbs. of torque, while the electric motor is capable of producing up to 94-horsepower and 173 ft-lbs. of torque. This extra horsepower is available to the driver through a “Push to Pass” boost button mounted on the steering wheel. The power is translated to the wheels through the use of an eight-speed transmission. Top speed is listed as 186 MPH.

Jaguar C-X75 Hybrid Concept

Jaguar C-X75 Hybrid Concept

The Jaguar C-X75 reminds us of Jaguar’s previous supercar offering, the Jaguar XJ220 that was produced between 1992 and 1994. The C-X75 is designed to operate on electric-only power for approximately 30 miles. Backing up the hybrid system will be a gasoline engine that is “projected [to offer a] sub-three second zero-to-60 MPH acceleration time.” The top speed is said to be in excess of 200 MPH. To achieve these lofty goals, Jaguar engineers are examining every conceivable angle, up to and including how the exhaust gases are vented from the rear of the vehicle. Jaguar has declared only 250 copies of the car will be made, and the street price will be in the $1 million to $1.5 million range.



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January 16, 2012

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