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There’s no doubt that with the new XJ, Jaguar decided to leave behind its decades old approach of building the same old vehicle in order to take on the luxury saloons of Germany with something fresh and new that would appeal to less traditional Jag customers. Taking that approach to the next level is the XJ75 Concept, presented today on the Concept Lawn at Pebble Beach during the annual Concours d’Elegance.
With an aggressive aero kit, blacked out grille, tailpipes, wheels and even Jag emblems, the exterior still isn’t as surprising as the interior. Much like the outward appearance, the cabin takes a black and white approach with seriously high-grade materials and quilted black Alcantara seats that look straight out of a Lamborghini. This youthful approach really meshes well with the Jag’s high-tech features.
Jag is using this concept to test the waters and see if the new group of customers would be interested in something a bit more wild and a bit more expensive. A Jag representative on hand told us that so far the new Jag approach is working with first month sales of the new XJ in the U.S. exceeding those of the past XJ for the previous 12 months! Better yet for Jag, 80 percent of those customers are new to the brand.
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GALLERY: Jaguar XJ75 Concept
Startech has developed their brand around German-styling for American vehicles. A division of Brabus, (arguably the most prestigious Mercedes-Benz tuner in the world), Startech offers several tuning programs for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Land Rover. Most recently however, the new Jaguar XJ attracted Startech’s attention, prompting the company to develop a tuning program for Jaguar’s newest model.
The Jaguar XJ is getting a lot of praise as being a sporty luxury sedan. Sleek bodylines and elegant styling have been further enhanced with Startech’s body kit with an add-on front fascia equipped with LED daytime running lights. The front end modifications doesn’t end there, however, with Startech designing new fenders fully equipped with vents. In the rear things get a little more subtle with a new rear apron and diffuser plus add-on tips to the stock exhaust system. Possibly the best accent to the entire kit is the conservative lip spoiler on the trunk.
A staggered set of 21-inch wheels are seen with 21×9.5-inch in the front and 21×11-inch in the rear. These 21-inch rollers fit the wheel wells nicely and sit perfectly on the fenders with Startech’s 30-mm lowering kit, which works with the XJ’s adaptive suspension. Interior amenities are mostly personal preference with several options available to the consumer from custom leather and Alcantara seats to custom wood trim to color-matched floor mats.
GALLERY: Startech Jaguar XJ
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Last week we brought you news of a one-off lime green Jaguar XKR that the British automaker was set to debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. As promised, the car did make an appearance and run the historic Goodwood Hillclimb and now we have all the details (as well as a full gallery of juicy photos) to share.
Under the lime-green hood, output from the XKR’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine was further enhanced from 510hp to 530hp. Torque climbed even more rapidly from 461 ft-lbs to an impressive 516 ft-lbs, enabling a 0-60 mph run of just 4.6 seconds!
Additionally, the Goodwood Special XKR sports a set of dark-colored 21-inch wheels with a lowered ride height and dark “satin graphite” paint for the mirrors, window surrounds, grilles and headlight casings.
“The XKR ‘Goodwood Special’ has been developed as a one-off to explore the harder side of the XKR’s character and allow our engineering team to explore some performance boundaries,” said Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Jaguar Cars. “The Festival of Speed gives us the opportunity to have fun in a high performance car without all the practical and legal requirements of driving on the road getting in the way!”
Along with the Goodwood Special XKR, Jaguar also ran several other vehicles at the hillclimb, including the a 1957 Le Mans winning long-nose D-type, a Le Mans-winning Jaguar C-Type, the one-of-one Jaguar XJ13 race car and the 225mph Bonneville XFR.
GALLERY: 2010 Jaguar Goodwood Special XKR