Cars Coming Soon: Jaguar’s 550-HP XJR, and an Entry-Level XS

Jaguar XJR, New York

Jaguar XFR

Jaguar’s comeback story has almost reached its climax.

Not long ago, the leaping cat was nearly written off as a has-been. A relic of old Britain, a victim of stodgy design, a casualty of an American car company whose ownership only pushed the nail in deeper.

Today, though, Jag’s future has never looked brighter, as exciting models fill showrooms and announcements of new models keep filling the pages of car blogs. Today, we report on two cars on opposite sides of the Jaguar spectrum.

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Cars Coming Soon: Jaguar XFR-S, the Cure for the Common AMG

Jaguar XFR-S

If the word “seductive” could be applied to just one car brand, it would be Jaguar. The sultry curves of a Jag are like no other car on Earth. Add in the ferocious power harbored behind the headlights, and it’s hard not to bend to the Jag’s sweet call.

Like any seductress, though, there are potential drawbacks, the biggest being the question of long-term reliability.

With the new Jaguar XFR-S, Jag hopes to take on the likes of the Audi RS 6 (unavailable in the U.S.), Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and BMW M5.

As great as the XFR-S might be, can it seduce buyers way from the competition?

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Cars Coming Soon: Smaller, Cheaper Land Rovers and the Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar F-Type

Tata’s been busy.

The Indian company that purchased Jaguar and Land Rover has effectively made over the entire Jaguar line and injected new life into Land Rover.

While the biggest changes came in the cars from Coventry, the Land Rover Evoque effectively changed the game for luxury crossover vehicles.

Tata’s next evolution of its British brands will include the Jaguar F-Type and, possibly, a lower-cost, smaller version of the Evoque.

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Under Indian Ownership, Jaguar Claws Back

Jaguar C-X16

Prepare yourself for a litter-ful of cat cliches, because this blog is about to go feral!

In 2008, Jaguar had the meow of a newborn kitten. It was hard to watch, as I’d been a Jag fan for years, lusting after the sweet curves of the E-Type, snapping my head at any sighting of an XK and then, finally, buying a new 2004 X-Type. That X-Type, though, is one reason things were going downhill. The car was a sales disaster. Things looked bad for Jaguar. So bad, in fact, the once-regal British motor company was purchased by an unknown company in, of all places, India.

Many wrote Jaguar off.

I wondered if Tata Motors, the Indian firm with the funny name, could save the embattled Brits. As soon as the new Jaguar XF showed its ferocious face, I knew my beloved Jag would not only be okay, but once again roar back toward the top of the luxury game. The redesigned XJ and XK further proved my gut feelings.

Today, Jaguar is primed to become a player in luxury sales charts. And more new cars, and good news, are on the way.

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Cars Coming Soon: Track-Ready Jaguar XKR-S, 2015 Ford Focus RS and a 4-Cylinder Mustang

2011 Ford Focus 500RS

Out of all the performance-bred excitement you are about to read, this is perhaps the one piece of information that’ll make you stumble over your words and spit out your morning mocha:

The Ford Mustang may get a 4-banger.

Before horrible visions of the 1976 2.3-liter 4-cylinder Mustang II creep into your head, rest assured that, should the Mustang drop cylinders, it’ll do so with plenty of panache.

In 1976, the 4-cylinder Mustang II put out all of 92 hp. A new 2.3-liter engine, slated for use in the 2015 Ford Focus RS, could make a whopping 320 hp and, potentially, be used in the forthcoming Mustang. How’s that sit with ya?

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