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Snowy Showdown Between the Porsche Macan GTS and Jaguar F-Pace S

Porsche Macan GTS and Jaguar F-Pace S

The Porsche Macan GTS and Jaguar F-Pace S belong in the best SUVs of the world today. When it comes to mechanical specifications, the vehicles are almost alike. So what happens when the two are pitted against each other?

In one episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend Senior Editors Jason Cammisa and Johnny Lieberman took the SUVs for a spin in the snowy peaks of Steamboat Springs, Colorado at the famous Bridgestone Driving School.

The automotive experts got into the steering wheels of the Porsche Macan GTS and Jaguar F-Pace S to see how they fare against each other in a drag race, grocery retrieval and drifting. They also take viewers inside each SUV to provide a feel on how it is like to be a passenger and driver of each vehicle.

Quick Facts About the SUVs

Before anything else, here is a quick introduction of the Porsche Macan GTS and Jaguar F-Pace S:

2017 Porsche Macan GTS

The Porsche Macan GTS houses a 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 engine. It has an output of 360 hp with 369 lb-ft of torque. The power of the SUV goes through an all-wheel drive system with a 7-speed twin clutch automatic. The curb weight of the auto is 4,506 lb. The starting price of the unit is $68,250 but the one in the video costs $89,070.

2017 Jaguar F-Pace S

The Jaguar F-Pace S is equipped with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine. It produced 380 hp with 332 lb-ft of torque. The SUV is also an AWD and the power is distributed to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The auto has a curb weight of 4,442 lb. The starting price of the vehicle is $57,695 but the unit in the video is worth $71,018.

The Showdown

Now watch the Porsche Macan GTS and Jaguar F-Pace S go head-to-head by playing the video below:

6 Quick Facts About the Jaguar I-Pace

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The Jaguar I-Pace finally makes it to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Although the electric vehicle is still in its concept form, the photos and information released about it were great so far.

Check out the 6 quick facts about the new Jaguar I-Pace here based on a source:

1. Debut

The I-Pace Concept first appeared at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It marks its arrival in Europe at the 87th Geneva Motor Show.

2. Power Unit

The electric sport utility vehicle is powered by two 200hp electric motors. The power units generate a total of 400 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The output lets the auto accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just four seconds.

The EV is equipped with liquid-cooled 90 kWh battery with cells from LG Chem. The battery pack allows the SUV to cover a range of more or less 220 miles from a full charge.

The I-Pace also features at least 50 kWh DC fast charging with CCS Combo that takes it to 80 percent charge in just 90 minutes and full charge at around two hours. Jaguar offers an optional 7 kW home charging point too for the convenience of its customers.

3. Exterior

The Jaguar concept EV retained its look when it was introduced in LA last year. The auto resembles the shape of the Tesla Model X but with the styling elements found in the Jaguar F-Pace.

The I-Pace is 184 inches long and 74.4 inches wide. This time, the I-Pace comes in photon red paint finish similar to the image shown above.

4. Interior

The I-Pace offers a lot of space in its cabin thanks to the low positioning of its battery on the front and rear axle. The vehicle has a five-seating capacity. Again, the interior mirrors many things found in the F-Pace.

5. Tech

The notable tech features within the I-Pace include a 12-inch touchscreen, 5.5-inch touchscreen for infotainment and climate control, Wi-Fi hotspot plus improved connectivity for onboard and smartphone apps.

6. Photos

Check out the official photos of the Jaguar I-Pace in the gallery below:

2017 Eagle Spyder GT vs Jaguar E-Type Series 1

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When we talk about the most beautiful cars ever created, these two will surely be at the top of the list. The Eagle Spyder GT looks very similar to the Jaguar E-Type Series 1 because the tubular, projectile form that feels like the cars can basically whip through the wind.

But these two cars don’t only look good on the outside. They are spectacularly well under the hood, too.

Eagle Spyder GT

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The Eagle Spyder comes with the classic inline 6-cylinder engine derived from Jaguar’s XK family. It can carry around 4.7 liters worth of gas, and is paired with a five-speed manual transmission with a limited-slip differential.

To develop this engine, Eagle worked with Crosthwaite and Gardiner, a UK-based historic racing parts supplier. They were able to power up the Spyder GT to 330 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 340 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. The Spyder GT can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds. Top speed is at 170 mph.

Jaguar E-Type Series 1

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A lot has been said about the Jaguar E-Type Series 1, especially because it was designed by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer. The glass-covered headlamps and small, grille-less opening of the mile-long bonnet are things of beauty. It is such a looker that virtually everyone it passes by would have to take a second look.

Under its hood, you’ll find a 3.8-liter XK inline six-cylinder or 4.2-liter XK inline six-cylinder. The former is paired with a four-speed manual while the latter gets it on with a three-speed automatic. They can produce 265 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 240 pound-feet of torque for the 3.8-liter engine while the 4.2-liter can power up to 265 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 283 pound-feet of torque.

Both cars can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. The number is a far cry from the Spyder’s less-than-five-seconds’ promise. The top speed of the two is at 150 mph.

3 Things You Have To Know About The 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Jaguar XF Sportbrake

If you have money to burn (we’re assuming a Jaguar is only for the moneyed, okay?), then the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake is definitely something you need to have. Spy shots of a new XF wagon from Jaguar was seen being tested in Nurburgring and some surrounding roads.

Called the XF Sportbrake, the wagon will be the next generation of its predecessor unveiled last 2012. But unlike the current model in the market, this one is finally going to be sold in the United States.

Competition

You’ll want to know which brands the Jaguar is competing with this particular wagon of theirs, right? Well, it seems like based on specs and designs alone, the XF Sportbrake will be vying with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon, the Volvo V90, and the Porsche Panamera wagon, which is yet to be unveiled.

Future

This particular model is going to be the last body style for the current XF. The standard sedan versions were released in 2015 while in 2016, we saw the long-wheelbase XF L for the Chinese market. As for the XE sedan? There’s not going to be a wagon version of that, unfortunately. This was confirmed by Jaguar design head Ian Callum.

Power

We still don’t know exactly what’s under the hood of the XF Sportbrake. There’s a good chance, though, that Jaguar launches an XF SVR Sportbrake. This will the successor to the original XFR-S Sportbrake.

The XF SVR and the XFR-S Sportbrake will most likely offer the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine in the F-Type SVR. This engine can produce a whopping 575 horsepower.

The 2012 XF Sportbrake was one of Jaguar’s most successful wagons. It’s only fitting that Jaguar builds its predecessor. It will most likely launch in the second half of 2017, probably at the September Frankfurt Auto Show.

The market launch of the upcoming Jaguar XF Sportbrake is expected in 2018.

4 Things We Noticed About The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace Crossover

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Spy shots of the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace Crossover showed a number of details about this latest crossover from the British automaker. The E-Pace is a little bit smaller than the F-Pace, and will be similar in size to the XE four-door.

According to analysts and reports, these all-wheel drive crossovers are the reason why Jaguar’s US sales have been toppling that of luxury giants such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Thanks to the presence of all-wheel drives throughout the range, more people are going to Jaguar for their all-season vehicles.

1. Platform

The platform to be used in the E-Pace is some kind of variation of the one underneath Land Rover’s Land Rover Discovery Sport. The platform is front-drive based, though this might not be a problem at all for consumers who simply want a crossover that looks stylish and has an elevated seating position at the same time.

The spy shots showed that the E-Pace will probably have slender headlights, squarish grille opening, aggressive air intakes, and a raked rear window. Since we’re seeing an aggressive roofline, we don’t expect this crossover to have a third-row seating.

2. Powertrain

The E-Pace is armed with a turbocharged inline-four engine with a ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission. There’s no word yet on what drive system, aside from all-wheel drive, will be available.

3. Competition

As expected, the E-Pace Crossover will be competing with the Audi Q3, the BMW X1, the Infiniti QX30, and the Lexus NX.

4. Arrival And Pricing

Early this 2017, we can expect the E-Pace Crossover to be revealed by Jaguar. But it wouldn’t be available until the end of this year when it will be delivered to showrooms and auto dealers nationwide.

There are no details about the pricing but based on the competition like the Audi and the BMW, we can expect the E-Pace Crossover to be in the mid-$30,000 range.

Top 3 Expectations About The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace

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The Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV concept was unveiled during the Los Angeles Auto Show last week. Days after, a test mule for the production version has been spotted and reviews and speculations are in order.

Although this wasn’t the first time the test mule was spotted in the wild, this one was different since the production design seems to be final. The launch, according to reports, will be somewhere in the middle of 2018 with this being a 2019 model.

1. New Platform

The test mule used the body of an F-Pace SUV, though Jaguar said this was not the same platform that will be used for the production version of the I-Pace. The front design has the usual grille opening, which design is far different from the one we see on the F-Pace. There are also no air vents on either side of the bumper anymore. The wheelbase was stretched, the track was widened and the roof has been lowered.

The platform that will be used on the I-Pace will have the “skateboard” design. This will allow the battery to sit in the floor and power the electric motors on both axles. The production of the I-Pace will be in a different plant from the F-Pace, probably at the Magna Steyr of Australia.

2. Electric Power

The I-Pace will feature a 90-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery paired with two 200-horsepower electric motors that has a range of up to 220 miles. Reports said that the I-Pace can go 0-60 mph in just 4 seconds.

Rivals of the I-Pace include the Tesla Model S, an upcoming electric vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, and the possible electric version of the next-generation Audi S7.

3. Pioneer in Jaguar

Jaguar just announced that its diving into a series of vehicles with mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric flavors. Along with its sister company Land Rover, Jaguar will be focusing on heralding a new breed of sedans for the environment-conscious consumers. Land Rover will focus on the hybrids while Jaguar is working on the electric vehicles.

3 Things You Should Know About The 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

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Spy shots of the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake, which will be introduced at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, have recently been released, and it confirmed some rumors we have heard in the past. For one, though details are scarce because the prototype was heavily camouflaged, it has an untouched front design as compared to the changes made on the sedan and the rear end is now significantly longer.

Jaguar was Hesitant

Jaguar was, at first, hesitant to introduce a wagon variant of their business saloon because competition is tough in the segment, especially with German competitors such as the E-Class Estate, the Audi A6 Avant and the 5 Series Touring. These are all well-established models, especially in their hometown of Germany. But another thing that made Jaguar hesitant was that the market seems to be declining with regards to this particular segment.

But, of course, Jaguar did not simply give up. They already have experience with a competent family wagon that has an appealing and interesting design, and the Jaguar XF Sportbrake is no different. There is no word yet on how the 2018 model will be patterned, though the proportions hidden by the camouflage in the spy shots clearly hint similarity with its predecessor. With the chiseled design of the 2016 XF in mind, there is already a clearer picture of how this new XF Sportbrake will look like.

Changes are Internal

Not much are changing in terms of the overall exterior look of the XF Sportbrake. Instead, adjustments and modifications are all happening under the hood (and maybe even in the interior setup). The XF Sportbrake will be based on the XF sedan, which explains the identical front.

Rumored V8 Might Be True

The XF Sportbrake will be made of aluminum material, making it lighter in weight. It will come with the Ingenium four- and six-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines, as well as a rumored plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Also in the pipeline is a possible 5.0-liter V8 with a production of either 550 horsepower or 575 horsepower, just like what Jaguar did with the F-Type SVR.

Land Rover Defender Will Make Comeback, Thanks to Chemicals Tycoon

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Six months after the Land Rover Defender rolled off at the company’s Solihull plant, it looked like it will be making a comeback, thanks to investments from billionaire Jim Ratcliffe.

The billionaire businessman, who is a chemical tycoon, is reportedly in talks with Jaguar Land Rover in hopes of resurrecting the model. It is still not clear if Ratcliffe is interested in buying the intellectual property of the model or parts of the production line.

According to The Sunday Times, the billionaire’s dream is to build the Defender in the United Kingdom. There are no details from the two sides about the negotiations.

Ratcliffe, the founder of Ineos, a £3.2-billion company, might move into producing vehicles as evidenced by his interest on the Defender. Talks with Land Rover only proved earlier reports that Ratcliffe is looking to venture outside the chemical industry, where he made most of his fortune.

It can be remembered that Land Rover stopped the production of the 66-year-old Defender earlier this year because of increasing stringent emissions requirements, as well as modern day crash regulations and low volume sales.

The next-generation model of the Defender is reportedly due in 2018 and 2019. Apparently, it will have two wheelbases and several bodystyles.

Meanwhile, Jaguar Land Rover said the opening of its new £20-million Special Vehicles Operations (SVO) Technical Center will allow for the development and production of SVR models. The company plans to make the center the birthplace of SVR models from now until 2020.

Currently, the division has three models—the Range Rover Sport SVR, the Range Rover SVAutobiography, and the Jaguar F-Type SVR. It is planning a fourth model, a Land Rover model, which will be due before this year ends.

According to Land Rover Managing Director John Edwards, the facility was inspired by a Formula 1 engineering center.

2016 Jaguar XF Receives Comprehensive Upgrade

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The XF was Jaguar’s most-awarded car after it was introduced at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Eight years later, Jaguar decided that the sporty luxury sedan needs a change, introducing it at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Its design is largely based on the previous model, though the XF received a much more comprehensive upgrade since it’s now lighter and quicker according to a report.

Up front, there are narrower full-LED headlights, larger central air intake and more pronounced lower intakes. The taillights also received upgrades with longer and thinner units that emphasize the car’s width.

The XF is considerably lighter, thanks to Jaguar’s new architecture. This means the vehicles are now made of 75 percent aluminum, resulting to weight savings of about 132 pounds on the RWD model and 265 pounds on the AWD model. The new XF is 176 pounds lighter than its competitions.

Inside, the XF has larger legroom, knee room and headroom because of the wheelbase that now extends to 116.5 inches. At least for this segment, Jaguar bragged that it has the best rear seat and cabin space.

There are a number of infotainment gadgets—InControl Touch system that features a vehicle-optimized app suite, smartphone remote control, and the 8-inch touchscreen or the optional 10.2-inch touchscreen that comes with a quad-core processor, Ethernet connection, smooth graphics, and improved responsiveness.

It also comes with Dual View technology, meaning the passenger can watch DVD while the driver uses the display screen for navigation.

Other interior features include the laser heads-up display and the 825-watt digital surround sound stereo with no less than 17 speakers.

Drivetrains are now more varied than ever. Choices are: an Ingenium 2.0-liter four-cylinder oil burner, a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 diesel, two supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 gasoline engines, and the rumored V-8 engine.

The Ingenium offers two power levels—160 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, or 177 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque—while the twin turbo diesel can go for 296 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

On the other hand, the two supercharged V-6 produces 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

The 2016 Jaguary XF will have a starting price of $51,900 for the 3.0L Supercharged V6, 340hp and $62,700 for the 3.0L Supercharged V6, 380hp.

2018 Jaguar F-Pace SVR To Come Soon?

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The 2016 Jaguar F-Pace.

Supercars cannot simply stay as they are. Customers are requiring much more in terms of performance, reliability and technology. Brands such as Porsche, Bentley, Maserati and Lamborghini have all answered the call for a sporty SUV. Now, Jaguar has also heard the need for it and recently unveiled plans for the F-Pace SUV.

But rumor has it that there’s a new player in town—a V8-powered called the SVR. This is a quick turnaround for Jaguar considering it has just started production of the SUV.

If it becomes a real thing, we should see the SVR being unveiled as early as next year’s Geneva International Motor Show.

Outside, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR is expected to be more muscular than the existing crossover SUV. The front bumper would have larger intakes with a chrome accent along the lower center grille and a glossy black insert.

Although the LED-equipped headlights would remain the same, the hood would get black vents. The tail-side of the front fenders would also have vents in all-black. Other features would include a front splitter, side skirt extensions and rear diffuser.

Inside, the sporty SVR would expectedly have a luxury-laden cabin that uses high-end materials and high-tech amenities. The infotainment system would include the InControl system—navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and smartphone app support.

To control it, you would have to use the large touchscreen on the center console. There are also some buttons on the three-spoke steering wheel. Options would include new upholstery colors, plus driver’s aides like automatic braking, lane-keep assist, parking assist, and carbon fiber trim.

The current F-Pace has three options, but the SVR would naturally require more in the tune of two additional supercharged cylinders in Jaguar’s tried-and-true 5.0-liter V-8. The output levels should match the Range Rover at 542 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.

Expect the SVR to hit 60 mph in the low four-second range with a top speed of 160 mph.

The regular F-Pace starts at $40,990 and goes up to $56,700. The SVR would most likely add $20,000 on the base model.

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