AutoCarUK reports that Jaguar is planning an uber-performance F-Type, which is to be tuned by their in house engineers that have brought us other potent cats like the XKR-S GT. The model would be the range topper and could be powered by a V8. Collectively, the efforts of the “GT” performance line are Jaguar’s greater attempts at competing against similarly subdivided higher-performance lineups from Germany.
That V8 would be the brand’s standard third-generation AJV8 displacing 5.0L and donning supercharger. Word is output could go behind the current 542hp rating currentliy found in cars like the aforementioned XKR-S GT and the newly reintroduced XJR.
Though the report also says that Jaguar’s CEO Adrian Hallmark hasn’t confirmed the project, but he did tip that “more limited-series vehicles in the spirit of the XKR-S GT” are “likely to happen.” This is to establish halo cars for Jaguar for which they could use as bargaining power against some of the other stiff competition. Additionally, the extra pricing on the halo cars would allow Jaguar to expand their product range even more.
“Clearly, building a run of 30 to 50 exclusive GTs isn’t going to have any impact on the fortunes of the company in sales terms, but the importance of these projects lies in the knowledge they give us,” Hallmark told AutoCarUK. “Jaguar is already well known for its ability to create sporty, dynamic cars, but the XKR-S GT project has shown us that we can learn more by pushing the envelope. Lessons learned from the dynamics, aero and braking work on that car will enter the mainstream.”
BMW sought the moment today to unveil their all-new compact X6 ahead of its debut at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, the all-new 2013 BMW X4 Sports Activity Vehicle Concept. The BMW X4 Concept is, as you guessed, a smaller and more affordable approach to the bigger and more expensive X6 crossover. Another way to look at it is that this is a BMW 3-Series GranTurismo on stilts.
The BMW X4 Concept is aimed at both the US and Chinese markets, where the X6 crossover is already fairly popular. Like all of BMW’s other crossovers, the new X4 will be built at BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, SC. A production version is slated for early 2014.
BMW didn’t exactly say what would sit under the hood of the production X4. Though it wouldn’t be unreasonable to predict that the BMW’s now standard turbocharged 2.0L TwinPower four-banger found in the 328i and 528i, as well as the brand’s highly sought after 3.0L turbocharged straight-six.
For the full press release, check it out after the jump.
Report: Land Rover to use all-aluminum unibodies on upcoming models, LR4 successor revives Discovery name, diesel-hybrid Range Rover on the way
Land Rover is fully aware that their SUVs are a bit porky. But they are brilliantly engineered and in many synonymous ways, are the Ferraris of the SUV world. That said, the small British SUV/crossover maker had decided to acknowledge the Range Rover’s weight issue by building it using all-aluminum unibodies. Now, they reportedly want to transcend the use of these lighter weight bodies on their future models, according to CARandDRIVER.
Click here for our original post on the 2014 Range Rover Sport from the 2013 New York International Auto Show.
But in order to streamline their production so that they could keep up with the demand and the competition, the boffins at Jaguar-Land Rover decided that a modular platform was necessary. This modular platform is already in use with the current Jaguar XJ, which was also the same exact starting point for the current generation L405 2014 Range Rover. Past reports indicated that Jaguar-Land Rover seek to decrease their platforms to just two universally modular platforms, which will underpin a wide variety of Jaguar and Land Rover models.
After many teasers to build up anticipation, the 2014 Range Rover Sport was finally officially revealed earlier today at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport goes the way of its lesser Evoque sibling in terms of styling, much in the same way the standard Range Rover did. But the biggest piece of news for this all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport, aside from the new styling, is that this new model benefits from a diet of 800lbs.
The other significant change includes the replacement of the 5.0L naturally aspirated Jaguar-sourced AJV8. In place of that is Jaguar-Land Rover’s new 3.0L supercharged V6. The 5.0L supercharged V8 can still be had in the top of the line Range Rover Sport Supercharged.
Prices start at just $ 63,495 for the base 2014 Range Rover Sport while the top dog 2014 Range Rover Sport Autobiobraphy, complete with the 5.0L supercharged V8, asks for $ 93,295 from its buyer.
For the lengthy press release recap, check it out after the jump.
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The year 2013 is truly making out to be a very exciting one for the entire automobile industry. So far, the auto shows that have occurred over the first quarter of 2013 around the world have truly delivered with a grand variety of things on four wheels to really be excited about. And now, we come to the eve of the third largest international auto show in the great country of the United States.
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Even though the New York International Auto Show is the underdog out of the three major auto expositions in the United States—the North American International Auto Show in Detroit being the largest, and the Los Angeles International Auto Show being the second—New York still has a grand presence, being the greatest city in the world that it is.
It may come as a surprise to some but 2013 marks the 113th (!) anniversary of the New York Auto Show. From March 29 until April 7, the Jacob Javits Center at New York City will host the third major international auto show of the year on U.S. soil, in four levels and nearly 900,000 sq ft.
Even though it comes right after Geneva, the NY show isn’t short on premieres – though, admittedly, the most important of them are targeted to the North American market.
General Motors, for example, will reveal no less than five new models, among them the all-new Cadillac CTS and the revamped 2014 Chevrolet Camaro.
If Geneva was the hypercar show, then New York is certainly the SUV one, with Toyota, Acura, Land Rover and Infiniti launching the Highlander, MDX, Range Rover Sport and QX60 respectively. Oh, and of course, Chrysler’s brand new, controversially styled 2014 Jeep Cherokee will also make its world debut in NYC.
Last, but not least, the Hyundai group will unveil the new Equus sedan and the revised Kia Optima Hybrid and VW its new Golf in normal and GTI versions.