The luxury auto maker was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company in Blackpool in 1922, changing to SS Cars Ltd in 1934 in Coventry, and finally becoming Jaguar Cars Ltd in 1945. Following several subsequent changes of ownership since the 1960s, the company is now owned by India’s Tata Motors, who acquired it from Ford in June of 2008.
For 2016 Jaguar has answered enthusiasts prayers and added a manual transmission option for the F-Type S. But this year also marks the return of the enthusiast special Porsche Boxster Spyder. It’s time for a fun-to-drive showdown.
With the new XF joining the Jaguar lineup in 2008 and the XJ redesigned for 2010, the XK coupe still has a few more years left to live. Thankfully, Jag passed on the usually mild mid-cycle update in favor of an all-new 5.0-liter V8.
When it comes to high-powered luxury sedans, you don’t have to choose German. Jaguar’s XF Supercharged model makes 420 horsepower from a supercharged V-8 engine. And with a subtle and sophisticated look, finally the British have a powerful alternative.
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