By on November 28, 2012

The Jaguar XKR-S must be self-destructive. The elegant lines of the XF and the awesome 550-horsepower supercharged V8 are marred by the retina-searing blue paint and the tuner-esque spoiler on the rear. Can that be deleted? If so, I’ll take one in black.

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39 Comments on “Jaguar XFR-S Is Obnoxiously Blue: 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show...”


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    iainthornton

    I’m a strong Jag fan and would stick to the ‘normal’ XFR.

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    McGilligan

    I believe you got the name wrong in the title. Shown is the XF, not XK. Jag’s naming system is as nonsensical as Lincoln’s, but for some reason gets no grief for it.

    • 0 avatar
      iainthornton

      Are you sure? As far as I can tell the F is the bottom rung, then the J and finally the K. It’s just the order of the Latin alphabet.
      Although it did start disjointed.

      • 0 avatar
        KalapanaBlack

        It’s identified as an XKR-S in the title. It should be XFR-S. The XK/XKR/XKR-S is the two-door coupe/convertible. The XF/XFR/XFR-S is the midsize sedan and the XJ/XJR is the top-rung sedan.

        Duh. (LOL)

      • 0 avatar

        There is no XJR in the current lineup; there is, however, an XJ Supersport to round-out the lineup.

        But boy, all of Jaguar’s current cars are far cries from the Edwardian looks of their predecessors…

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    Type57SC

    Are they entering it in WRC and trying to get an underground scene going in LA? what a ridiculous spoiler. Is Ian Callum on sick leave or something?

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    vtecJustKickedInYo

    All you need is some chromies and HKS stickers and you will have a mad JDM ride.

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    Silent Ricochet

    I actually quite like how this car looks. The spoiler as well. Maybe because I’m young, but it gives it a nice aggressive look to it, and it has the horsepower to back it up. Supercharged V8? Hell yeah.

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    MK

    Cmon man, Plenty of reasons to be a hater but the paint isn’t one of them.

    Black is cliche and the worst possible color from an ownership standpoint. Just a couple of days ago Ttac readership was praising the jellybean like colors of the Fiat clown car, we can handle it!

    The wing’s a bit much to be sure but from this angle it looks like a nicer upscale version of that final Holden/Pontiac thing that gm brought over.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    If you’re going to put all the same cheap trinkets and chintz that a Pontiac G8/Vauxhall Vectra/Holden Commodore has, why spend the cash for the Jag name?

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    lon888

    I’m into the blue – but then again I really like blue cars. Like another poster pointed out , black is so cliche. There’s a boatload of German and British cars on my side of town and I’m fully convinced 90% of M-B’s, Audi’s and BMW’s are black. It’s a very rare site to see a red or blue one.

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    BigMeats

    Dang, I want some Christmas lights that color.

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    hubcap

    I like colors and would take this blue over any silver or grey. In fact, I’d take it over black and white too.

    Here’s a link to some tasty BMWs

    http://www.autospies.com/news/Dream-Display-Of-BMWs-In-RARE-And-HOT-Colors-70120/

    Driving cars (and motorcycles, aircraft and other assorted forms of transportation) is fun to me and to me vibrant colors indicate how I feel when driving. Too bad more people don’t feel the same. Silver, gray, black , white… the roads look like a gulag.

    By the way, I also like colors, real colors, not shades of white or beige on my walls at home.

  • avatar
    DearS

    Grey/Silver, White, Beige, Black, Maroon, Dark Green, Bright Blue. Gee which one is not ambiguous? I’ll take that one, with the wing please.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Holden HSV called, they want their design language back.

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    elegant? I’d say the styling goes well with the spoiler.

  • avatar
    kkt

    That’s a Jaguar?? It looks like a riced 1990s Civic. I’m fine with the blue, but the spoiler on a pretty dull back end just doesn’t work at all.

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      I don’t know if the TTAC god will cut this image link or not…

      http://www.caradvice.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/HSVVECommodore2.jpg

      It is such a rip on a HSV VE Commodore.

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    mpresley

    Jaguar, back in the BL days, always was distinctive and were always head turners. Now they pretty much look like any other Japanese high end car. This particular one needs a coffee can muffler to go with the spoiler. And some colored neon lights underneath, that would sure be the ticket.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    Are you sure these aren’t spyshots of the next Mitsubishi Lancer EVO?

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    APaGttH

    I guess the paint was leftover from Ford…as were the spoilers, and well the overall design. If you do some digging and look at the pics of the 2012 Ford Falcon FVP — well, wow.

    http://www.mibz.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/ford-falcon-fpv-gt-8.jpg

  • avatar
    Jon Fage

    Looks a bit like Mustang grabber blue to me. I love the colour on my ‘Stang and I get positive comments all the time. Much less cliche on a sporty car than red.

  • avatar
    360joules

    Showed this picture to my mildly car crazy wife. Her response: “Why did they put a spoiler from a Mitsubishi idiot car on a nice looking car like a Kia Optima? That’s a Kia Optima, right? The wheels look like my paralegal’s wheels on her Optima…..”

  • avatar
    360joules

    PS – we both liked the color. Wife said a friend has same color on his Miata.

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    British ricer !

  • avatar
    LordDetroitofLondon

    Actually that stupid carbon fiber spoiler (how early-mid 00′s!) is a $$$$ option. The standard decklid integrated one is much more discrete. And yes, you can get it in a few other colors – make mine the dark grey/ gun metal-ish. It looks sweet!

    p.s: The funny thing is that it’s about £20000 cheaper here in the U.S. compared to the U.K. where it’s actually built! And we get everything included, those poor suckers even have to pay for things like voice interactive control! Talk about a rip-off!

  • avatar
    WRohrl

    Looks like the marketing department did a great job here, it got you talking about it and raising some awareness. There is no such thing as bad publicity. If the car was silver or black without the wing, most likely you would not have posted a story about it. Will they sell many blue ones? Probably not. Will they sell some in a different color due to the infinitesmally small extra bit of publicity the blue car put out there? Most likely yes. Did it cost them an extra dime for the publicity? No.

  • avatar

    My issue with this car is not with the looks–I like them a lot. It’s with the perception this car brings. We’re all car enthusiasts and we can tell the difference between this and, say, a Holden Commodore/Pontiac V8/Vauxhall Vectra. But others, like those in Jaguar’s customer-base, may not see such a difference and may forego the car–and Jaguar–altogether. I think the most promising product for Jaguar’s young-but-old media campaign is the new F-Type…


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