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If you had met your mates for a drink in the local and told them you had just bought a car that could reach 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and could max out at 217 mph do you think they could guess the make and model? Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren etc would be the obvious candidates until you mentioned that it was built in 1992, and it’s a Jaguar XJ220.

The all-aluminium XJ220 was a car that made umpteen records and even by today’s hypercar standards the numbers still look impressive. A Nurburgring lap time of 7:46 set by the XJ220 was unbroken from 1992 until 2000 and the car’s twin-turbo V6 produced 540hp which in the early 90’s was akin to selling a Formula One racer to Joe Public. But it didn’t sell.

The story of the V12 proposed for the XJ220 being ditched in favour of the V6 at the eleventh hour is well-documented and for supercar-wannabes the smaller engine was a faux pas. The fact that it made the car actually go faster than originally intended was ignored by both prospective buyers and the press. Interesting that here we are today hearing about twin-turbo V6’s ultimately replacing traditional V12, V10 and V8 powerplants to save weight and become more fuel-efficient. The XJ220 could achieve 32 miles per gallon which made it the most economical car produced by Jaguar at the time. And still it didn’t sell.

So what really was behind the cancelled orders and the grand total of only 271 cars being produced? Simple – price.

When the XJ220 was launched in 1992 the list price in the UK was £470,000 including vat. That is over £100k more than you might spend on an Aventador SV today. The development costs crippled the project and nonetheless had to be recouped but buyers just couldn’t stomach the outlay. Great car but not at any price.

However, prices for XJ220’s have long-since hit rock-bottom and buying one for around £100,000 was something that occurred about 10 years ago. Now they are heading for £300k+ territory. The market has woken up to the fact that the XJ220 rightly deserves a place in the automotive history books and is a proper icon that moved the game on in its day.

The XJ220 is big and has presence. The styling is svelte and will draw crowds parked in a High Street even parked next to a LaFerrari. It is comfortable and very easy to drive (just avoid country lanes because it is wide, very wide). Most XJ220’s today have covered seriously low mileages and time is running out to buy at less than 1992 prices – the car is an absolute bargain.

We have spotted a 1994 Silverstone Green example with less than 3000 miles on the clock complete with what looks like great service history and provenance on sale in the Silverstone auction on the 27th/28th February here. The sales estimate is less than £300k so this could be a good opportunity for somebody looking to acquire a decent XJ220.

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In the meantime here is Jay Leno having his first encounter with an XJ220….

The Geneva Motor Show originally kicked off in 1905 and somehow it is hard to imagine what the event must have looked like back then considering that Ford, Mercedes, Renault and a handful of others were only just pioneering the car as a means of transport for all and sundry.

Somewhere the records might show exactly how many exhibitors were in attendance back then but we can only assume it would be a tiny number compared to the 200-odd that were showing their wares this year which marked the 84th time the event had been held.

Yes we know there are 109 years since 1905 but presumably the odd World War or two got in the way and much of the other political shenanigans that seemed to occupy most of the 20th century contributed to a few of the missing years.

Palexpo, where the event is held, is looking a bit tired and dog-eared these days but the convenience of almost falling off the plane steps into the exhibition centre is very appealing. And for those travelling the one-hour-plus flight from London Gatwick a visit to this particular motor show is a very palatable one indeed.

The smell of continental coffee and croissants is forever present as you walk through the arcade to get to the main entrance for Palexpo and the whiff of Emmental is a gentle reminder that you have arrived in pleasant Switzerland.

All of the accessory and parts suppliers are stuffed into Hall 7 which seems to go on forever until you reach the escalators for the main event on the upper levels. Not sure why the centre has three levels (not floors) because it didn’t appear to be built into the side of a mountain from the outside. Maybe they just like climbing steep things in Swiss land.

On to the cars and most of the main European players attend this event plus the big names from Korea and Japan. Surprisingly though only Qoros appeared to be representing China but gut-feel suggests that is merely the calm before the storm.

Many manufacturers pick Geneva for their first model launches but even this tradition seems to be a declining one. With the growth of new markets around the globe some manufacturers were referring to a ‘European Premiere’ rather than a ‘World Premiere’ for various models.

Wandering around the show and taking in all of the new models on display there was an underlying picture emerging. Cars, for the mass-market at least, are getting ugly. Almost all of the big guns had at least one model that had been subjected to a ‘make-over’ that quite frankly made us squirm. OK the look of a car is a very subjective one but when there are so many Frankensteins on show it prompts a few questions.

Is it the ever-pervasive EU with their daft regulations related to car-design that are having a detrimental affect? Has it become fashionable to be unattractive in the car world? Are the car designers on hallucinatory drugs? Sorry but we are not talking about the odd car here and there which suggests that a very broad-brush is being painted with for some reason or another.

It’s not even worth listing the culprits but you as the reader will decide in due course whether this might be true or not and besides there were enough stunners on show to distract us from the monsters.

Highlights of the show for The Car Spy? Well actually quite a lot but rather than bore you with the finer details we will summarise them for you as follows and follow that up with an album of over 200 images for you to digest. In fact so many shots were taken with the main camera that the battery died (that’s right – no spare with us) but the iPhone 5 made a great substitute that kept us going until the bitter end. So on with the show:-

KAHN – well-established UK make-over artists for premium brands but this year their stand focused on British prime beef from Land Rover in the form of Range Rovers and Defenders. The seriously sumptuous interiors in the Rangies are a sight to behold and the mean, wide-bodied Defenders look like they could scare off gargoyles.

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Mercedes Benz – The new S-Class looks sharp and svelte particularly in Coupe form and the C-Class also earned an extra look – much nicer with bigger wheels though. The model choice is becoming mind-bending with umpteen A’s and B’s too so good luck to anyone looking to buy into that category.

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BMW – the company has now pretty much used up the allocation of numbers from 1 to 8 with the addition of the 2-series and the expansion of the 4-series and again the model choice is dizzying to the head. Prettiest car in the range has to be the 6-series for us especially in Gran Coupe form but sadly the 4-series Gran Coupe looked a bit sterile by comparison. Maybe it was the colour choice for the stand but it just didn’t leave an impression.

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MINI – a car that is fast becoming a contradiction. It is no longer small or mini-like. It is huge. The new nose stretches the car and the Countryman looks as big as an Audi A3. It just doesn’t look cute anymore but the Clubman Concept looked pretty good. Again, not at all small but the proportions look right and if the final version looks similar it should be a winner.

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Morgan – a real antidote to all ‘modern cars’. The stand had a cutaway of one of the models showing the solid ash frame which has been used on Morgans since the beginning of time. Surely the EU will declare it as a fire hazard before long to finally remove from the world one of the few companies to still build a car by human hand using proper craftsmen skills.

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Mansory – Not always a bastion of good taste when it comes to gilding a lily but the metallic turquoise and satin silver Wraith on the stand would have made Rolls Royce proud. It sounds a bit blingy but somehow the colour combination worked very well with the ivory interior and the car deserved a few re-visits from us.

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Rolls Royce – seeing the ‘new’ Ghost up-close gave a chance to see that RR don’t believe in making radical changes to their cars which is a mighty relief amongst a sea of unnecessary nose-jobs. Previous Ghost owners can rest easy – you need (very) sharp eyes to spot the differences.

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Maserati – always a joy to see their cars and not a bad apple amongst them. Star of their stand was the Alfieri concept which proved that cars can still be beautiful. Please make that car Maserati and save us from mediocrity.

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Alfa Romeo – The 4c was much in evidence especially since the Spider is on its way and a white example took centre stage on their stand. Even prettier than the Coupe (without that slightly awkward kink around the B-pillar) it would be unfair to call it a mini-Ferrari but we will anyhow.

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RUF – how do you make a 911 go faster? Take it to the guys in Pfaffenhausen and they will work their magic to produce a Porsche that will embarrass most other Porsches. No real surprises on their stand this year apart from a canary yellow RCT which is basically a two-wheel-drive Turbo and in terms of power neatly parks itself between Porsche’s ‘basic’ Turbo and the Turbo S model. Alois Ruf also had his own personal Connaught Green 964-based RCT which sadly is not (and maybe never will be) for sale.

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Lexus – The RCF GT3. Seriously mental. Enough said. The LF-NX concept. Looks great. They won’t make it.

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Honda – Type R Concept. Just do it Honda and where is the NSX? We are getting very impatient.

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Renault  – A Twizy in Formula 1 guise. So mad-looking they would sell them by the bucket-load if the company accountants were put into solitary confinement.

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Skoda – Vision C concept. There was little bit of Audi A7 going on from certain angles but the Skoda version would be a hell of a lot cheaper to buy and probably one of the best-looking cars to come out of the Czech factory ever.

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Gumpert – a brave company that made a comeback from collapse a while back and while their outlandishness should be applauded it is hard to see how the cars will fit in with a new landscape of P1’s, 918’s and LaFerraris. Outdated is probably the word now. The ‘Explosion’ concept is pointless too quite frankly and totally at-odds with the image of Gumpert.

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Koenigsegg – same comments as Gumpert. In order to survive they need to attract customers away from the new-technology kids on the block but seemingly some people must be buying them.

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Audi – The new TT is definitely better-looking than the out-going model. There are shades of the original model in the design which is hard to pin-down in any particular aspect but the new car looks good from every angle. The more powerful versions will also increase desirability. An original RS2 Avant was also featured on the stand which looked a tad old-fashioned next to the current generation RS4 but has nonetheless confirmed its classic status in the history books.

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Porsche – where was the 918? Not invited to Geneva apparently but the 919 on the stand attracted a big enough crowd anyway. The 911 Targa looks great in the flesh and should be far more popular than Targa models of old.

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Lamborghini – The Huracan was the car hogging the spotlight on the stand and rightly so too. Not as dramatic-looking as the Aventador but a car that will be purchased surely by looks alone. This car will make buying a 458 a much harder decision from now on. Nice choice of colours on the stand too.

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Zonda – the maddest, baddest car-maker of them all. Carry on as usual guys.

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Touring – the Disco Volante (or Flying Saucer) just makes you want to stare at it all of the time. A strange but intriguing shape that draws the eye around the car and although on this outing the car was painted in a metallic green with gold detailing it was as stunning as ever. It is certainly a design that will be talked about for years to come.

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McLaren – the 650S was having its first public showing and in spite of the presence of an ice-blue P1 on the stand it was pulling its fair share of attention. A curious mix of (almost) P1 front-end and (slightly updated) 12c rear-end the car is tipped to be a big seller for the company. Can’t help feeling that the Spider version pulls it off better than the Coupe – the 12c stays in production by the way.

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Subaru – the VIZIV2 concept showed that the designers in the back-office haven’t completely lost their way with some pretty dull shapes that have come out of the factory over the past couple of years. Hopefully this concept will point them back in the right direction.

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Aston Martin – just like Maserati the company still manages to pull a crowd with some of the prettiest sports cars and GT’s available. No big announcements from the company apart from a range of bespoke options for all of the models using the moniker ‘Q’. Might as well milk the Bond connection for all it is worth.

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Jaguar – probably the loudest stand at the show with a huge screen presenting a short film full of expensive actors, Union Jacks and loud, growly V8’s. One thing Jaguar no longer is and that is understated. The F-Type Coupe of course featured star-billing and deservedly so – it is a very handsome car indeed and could easily hold a candle to the Astons only a spitting distance away. The new XFR-S Sportwagon made an appearance in very un-Jaguar bright blue but if that is where the company thinks its market is then who are we to argue? After all they are still the profitable car-maker in the world.

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There were dozens of other smaller exhibits worth a mention too but it’s time for a glass of wine and some Swiss cheese now. Ah yes, they also make very nice chocolate too so we’ll have some of that for desserts. In the meantime enjoy our album of images from the show.

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Finished in Firesand Metallic with Jet Leather Interior this new, unregistered, right hand drive F-Type V8 comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Carbon Fibre Pack, Parking Pack, Visibility Pack, 20″ Cyclone Wheel Black Finish, Jet – Electrically Operated Convertible Roof, Jaguar Super Performance Braking System, Red Calipers, Performance seats in Premium leather and Premium leather interior, Firesand stitching, Dark Hex Aluminium Finisher with “S” Graphic, Jet Morzine Header and Headlining, Meridian Surround Sound System – 12 speakers, Jet Seatbelts, Jet Carpet, Sports leather steering wheel – Flat bottomed with Ignis paddles, Switchable Active Sports Exhaust, Configurable Dynamic Mode with ”Dynamic-i’ information displays, Exterior Door Mirrors with Electric Adjustment, Auto-dimming and Power Fold – Heated and Side Turn Indicators, Heated windscreen with timer, Rain sensing windscreen wipers Roll Over Protection Bars – Carbon Fibre, Dual zone automatic climate control, Stainless Steel Pedal covers, Carpet Mats – Premium, Sports Sun visor with Mirror, Heated Seats, Air Quality Sensor, Valet mode – Lockable Trunk, Stowage Box & Glove box, Lockable Interior Stowage, Front Parking Aid Smart Key System™ Keyless start & entry, Rear parking aid with Touch-screen visual indicator and reverse park camera with guidance. List price £93320 inc VAT.

This 5.0 V8 Supercharged F-Type is available to purchase today at £88320 inc VAT (Shipping/Delivery costs extra)

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give us a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Jaguar F-Type 5.0 V8 in Firesand

N.B. This image was created using the Jaguar configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.

Finished in Stratus Grey Metallic with Jet Leather Interior this new, unregistered, right hand drive F-Type comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Red Stitching, Dark Hex Aluminium Finisher with ‘S’ Graphic, Jet Seatbelts, Jet Carpets, Jet Morzine Header and headlining, Jaguar 180W Sound System with 6 Speakers, Parking Pack, Visibility Pack, 20″ Blade Wheels, Jet Electrically Operated Convertible Roof,  Jaguar High Performance Braking System, Red Calipers, Seat Memory Pack, Performance seats in Premium leather and Premium leather interior, Sports leather steering wheel – Flat bottomed with Ignis paddles, Switchable Active Sports Exhaust, Dynamic Mode, Exterior Door Mirrors with Electric Adjustment, Auto-dimming and Power Fold – Heated and Side Turn Indicators, Heated windscreen with timer,

Rain sensing windscreen wipers, Dual zone automatic climate control, Wind Deflector, Sports Sun visor with Mirror, Heated Seats, Air Quality Sensor, Lockable Interior Stowage, Front Parking Aid, Smart Key System™ Keyless start & entry, Rear parking aid with Touch-screen visual indicator and reverse park camera with guidance. List price £78086 inc VAT.

This 3.0 V6S F-Type is available to purchase today at £73086 inc VAT (Shipping/Delivery costs extra)

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For further details please give us a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Jaguar F-Type V6 in Stratus Grey Metallic

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The New Jaguar XFR-S

Posted: November 29, 2012 by The Car Spy in Jaguar, New Cars, New Models
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“Grace, Pace and Space” – for anybody old enough to remember or possibly somebody who is good at automotive history this phrase will refer to one thing only and that is a Jaguar motor car.

Sir William Lyons coined the phrase which became the cornerstone of the company’s design philosophy all of the time he was in charge from the 1950’s.

Ever since then every model produced by Jaguar has had elements of those three words in their DNA but on the odd occasion the bean-counters (or whoever the paymaster might have been at the time) over-ruled design sentiments which led to a car such as the X-Type. The X-Type was never really a bad car as such and was based on the very capable Ford Mondeo running gear and chassis. However, it was not really graceful, full of pace or generously endowed with bags of cabin space.

Thankfully today with deep-pocketed TATA very firmly in charge the company is going some way to reviving the very principles that William Lyons set as the boiler-plate for every Jag to come out of the Midlands factory.

The XF, XJ, XK and the latest F-Type are making their mark on the world and the current soaring profits of the company are a testimony to their efforts to produce a genuinely very good line-up of cars.

The XF has been leading the way for the company in terms of popularity in global markets and is very much seen as a viable alternative to the traditional class-leading variants from BMW, Audi and Mercedes. However to really compete head-on in this category a company needs to have a very comprehensive choice of powerplants and trim levels to appeal to every likely purchaser in this segment of the market.

BMW has its M5, Audi has the RS6 and Mercedes has put its AMG badge on the E-Class. All of these cars are extreme manifestations of their much less powerful siblings but nonetheless provide that all-important ‘halo-effect’ on the rest of the range. Jaguar of course has its ‘R’ badged XF and in spite of its all-round good capability it needed that little extra bit of testosterone to properly mix it up with the German boys.

Enter the XFR-S developed by Jaguar’s specialist ETO division.

Jaguar claim this is their fastest, most powerful and agile sports saloon ever and the headlines are as follows:

The familiar supercharged 5.0 litre V8 now produces 550ps and torque is an earth-spinning 680Nm. The company claims that fuel consumption and emissions are unchanged from the ‘R’ version which is a bonus.

The 8-speed ‘Quickshift’ transmission encourages to propel the car from zero to sixty in 4.4 seconds and the top speed is electronically limited to 186 mph. Performance is not lacking in the XFR-S so a big tick in the ‘Pace’ box.

The five doors and leathered roomy cabin offers enough elbow-room for four over-sized night-club bouncers without creasing their tuxedos so we can put a big tick in the ‘Space’ box.

20″ Alloy wheels, suspension upgrades and bits of carbon fibre help to keep the big cat firmly planted in its tracks and the overall look of the car is one that suggests a ‘don’t mess with me’ hint of aggression in the design. In fact some might say it looks a bit ‘lairy’ for a Jaguar especially with the not very discreet bootlid spoiler on its rump. Depending on your point of view the ‘Grace’ box might warrant half a tick on this occasion but two and half out of three will give the late Sir William Lyons something to smile about. His Jaguar is on the way back.

For further information about the XFR-S or any other Jaguar model give The Car Spy a call on 01732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net

We have access to one of the very first Jaguar F-Types to arrive in the UK which can now be specified via the on line-configurator as follows:-

http://rules.config.jaguar.com/jdx/en_gb/w5/

If you are interested in acquiring this very early build slot then please get in touch for further details.

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Jaguar F-Type in Firesand Metallic

Jaguar F-Type in Firesand Metallic

Finished in Ultimate Black with Dove Hide Interior this June 2011 registered Long Wheelbase V8 XJ has recorded 10000 miles and comes with the following specification:-

Six-speed Automatic Transmission, Burr walnut veneer trim, Ivory Headlining, Jet Leather Upper fascia, Jet carpets, Jet stitching, Aluminium power vents, Heated power-fold mirrors, Mid-line door trim, Jaguar 600W Premium sound system, Front stowage tray with power socket, Front park aid, Reverse park camera, 19” Toba alloy wheels, 18” Alloy space-saver spare wheel, Xenon headlamps, Heated windscreen with timer, Keyless entry, Intrusion sensing, Front and rear tread plates, Leather steering wheel, Load floor carpet, 8” Touch-screen display, Leather facia, Cruise control, Driver seat memory, Electric heated front seats, Footwell mats, Rear side window blinds, Bluetooth, Privacy glass, Electric rear sunblind.

This XJ LWB is available to purchase today at £42850 inc VAT (excluding Shipping/Delivery costs)

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Jaguar XJ V8 lwb in ultimate black

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