When news broke in 2001 of a Jaguar meant to fight the BMW 3 Series, anticipation coursed through Internet pipelines, as writers and consumers wondered if Jag could really compete with the mighty Bimmer.
The answer, of course, was a resounding no, as the Ford-based X-Type hid its domestic innards with attractive Jag-wrapped styling. Car enthusiasts saw past the shiny exterior just by sitting behind the wheel and experiencing the car’s dull handling and unspirited performance.
The time seems right to try again with a new small sedan.
According to Autoblog, a reborn X-Type would slot below the XF and could utilize Jag’s aluminum architecture. Based on that assumption alone, we could see a lightweight, fuel-efficient and speedy sedan with some serious potential to finally take down the 3 Series. Let’s hope this time Jaguar comes through!
Certainly if you were to buy a new Jaguar, or any other car for that matter, the engine would come fully assembled and installed for you. Chevrolet is trying something different, giving consumers the opportunity to help build the engine that will power their new Z06 or ZR1 Corvette.
Don’t expect a discount, though, for taking on some of the labor yourself. For the privilege of working side-by-side with one of Chevrolet’s master engine technicians, you will need to pay an extra $5,800 on top of $70,000 for a 505-hp V8 Z06 or $110,000 for a 638-hp ZR1.
Customers of GM’s Engine Build Experience program will travel to Wixom, Mich., (at additional expense) and hand-assemble the high-performance engine for their new car under professional guidance. When completed, the engine will receive a personalized nameplate and then be shipped to Bowling Green, Kent., where it will be put into the customer’s car.
And yes, engines built by customers will still receive GM’s 5-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
Is the opportunity to help build the engine for your new car appealing? I think the price is a bit steep, but love the idea of connecting with your car as it’s being built.