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So I’m reading through Autoblog (Motto: All the recall stories that are fit to print!), and I come across an article about how Jaguar is now developing an even higher performance version of the F-Type sports car.

That’s right, folks: soon, Jaguar dealers across the country will be graced with yet another six-figure car that nobody wants to buy.

If you’re an F-Type fan (who isn’t?), then you might be surprised to hear me say this — but it’s true. Cars.com does a monthly list of the slowest selling cars on the market — not by sales volume, but by actual days each car spends on the lot — and some version the F-Type is always near the top. It’s often stopped from being the true number one vehicle by only more overpriced cars, like the BMW 6 Series and the Kia K900.

So why are they developing a high-performance version? Because Jaguar remains convinced that this is the way to attract younger, hipper car shoppers: by offering the same old thing with more power at an even higher price tag. The main problem with the F-Type, Jaguar apparently believes, is that it isn’t expensive enough.

Of course, Jaguar is terribly wrong in this assessment. Not only is the main problem with the F-Type that it’s far too expensive, but its other issue is that it’s the latest entrant in a dying segment. Remember the late 1990s, when the BMW Z3 and the Mercedes SLK were everywhere? That world is gone now; dead and buried. Young people aren’t buying two-seat roadsters anymore.

Young people also aren’t buying full-size luxury sedans, which constitutes the entirety of Jaguar’s remaining lineup. There’s the large XJ — ultra-cool when it first came out, but quickly fading into obscurity as used models now trade in the low- to mid-$30,000 range — and the XF, which is among the oldest luxury sedans on the market. When the XF went on sale, people had never heard of Sarah Palin.

And young people certainly aren’t buying larger two-door cars, like the brand’s recently cancelled XK convertible. Yes, it’s true: the XK has finally left market after nearly a decade, largely unchanged, using the same general styling as it did when it rolled off the lot just after I gradated from high school. When the XK first went on sale, people had never heard of Katy Perry.

So what are young people buying? Well, SUVs mostly. That’s been clear since the early 2000s, when we had Tahoes and Explorers and Cherokees and Navigators and Escalades flying off dealer lots at the same rate as promotional brochures. Everybody wanted a piece of the SUV action, and everybody got some of it: there were Hondas and Isuzus and Fords and Suzukis and Land Rovers and Mazdas. Everyone was in.

Except Jaguar.

Fifteen years later, Jaguar still doesn’t have an SUV. They keep telling us they will soon, but we’ve seen no real evidence of it aside from the occasional concept car and a test mule running around every now and again. They have, however, given us a name: The “F Pace,” which kind of sums up Jaguar’s feelings on creating an SUV in a timely manner like everyone else.

Instead, they’re creating a more expensive version of the F-Type. They’re also creating a small sedan called the XE, which seems doomed from the start. I say this because it’s virtually identical in styling to the XF, which is one of the oldest luxury cars on the market. I also say this because Jaguar’s previous small car attempt, the X-Type, did little aside from make sure that every Craigslist used car lot will always have at least one Jag on hand.

So here’s the question: are the XE and the F-Pace signs of a revitalized Jaguar? Right now, my instinctive reaction is that I’ll believe it when I see it. Jaguar always seems to be in the middle of some grand scheme that’s going to completely turn them around — like the 1997 XK8, and the aluminum 2004 XJ, and the X-Type. And frankly, it never really seems to work. What seems to happen instead is Jaguar releases the car, the market loves it for a year, and then everyone goes back to buying Mercedes. Meanwhile, Jaguar lets the design last for another decade.

So my message to Jaguar is this: the time has come to decide whether or not you’re serious. If you are, the time has come to act like it. Start redesigning your cars more often. Bring us new features. Get the XE and the F-Pace on the market. And then, someday, people might bring up Jaguar to discuss something other than the fact that used models cost the same as a dining room set.

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2016 Jaguar F-Type R AWD Review – Bringing the Kitty into Shape http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2016-jaguar-f-type-r-awd-bringing-kitty-shape/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2016-jaguar-f-type-r-awd-bringing-kitty-shape/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1112713 I know the experience is inauthentic. I know the sounds are manufactured somewhat. I know the marketing telling me about this car’s “soul” and “passion” is wholly disingenuous. I don’t particularly care. The 2016 Jaguar F-Type R AWD is one of those genetically engineered chocolate-flavored bananas. It’s a trick; I get it. I just don’t […]

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R AWD

I know the experience is inauthentic. I know the sounds are manufactured somewhat. I know the marketing telling me about this car’s “soul” and “passion” is wholly disingenuous.

I don’t particularly care.

The 2016 Jaguar F-Type R AWD is one of those genetically engineered chocolate-flavored bananas. It’s a trick; I get it. I just don’t care. Perhaps the Jaguar’s greatest trick is reminding you that your experience in the car is less organic than a Twinkie, then making you completely forget it.


The Tester

2016 Jaguar F-Type R AWD Convertible

Engine: 5.0-liter, supercharged V8 (550 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm; 502 pound-feet @ 2,500-5,000 rpm)
Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Fuel Economy (Rating, MPG): 15 city/23 highway/18 combined
Fuel Economy (Observed, MPG): 19.9 mpg in 50/50 city/highway — liberal helpings of “Dynamic Mode”

Options: 20-inch Gyrodyne Wheels, Performance Red Leather Seats, Red Leather Headliners, Redzone Seatbelts, Vision Pack, Extended Leather Pack-Upper Environment, Illuminated Tread Plate, Black Pack “R”

Price as tested: $121,575


The F-Type is easily one of the best-looking sportscars built for two. Alongside the Mercedes-AMG GT, Dodge Viper, Audi R8 and Porsche 911, the Jaguar is an expensive toy for most people — perhaps a fourth or fifth car. It’s easy to get carried away on the car’s impracticality: the trunk space is comically small, the ingress/egress isn’t ideal and outward visibility with the roof up for someone as tall as I am (6-foot-3) is incredibly limited.

I could have told you all that before I stepped foot into the car.

Rather, my interest in this car was whether AWD somehow spoiled the fun of the last RWD F-Type, and if I believed the inclusion of a manual — which I haven’t driven — could somehow connect people to a car many people say is too fake. Is any car natural anymore?

2015 Jaguar F-Type R AWD

Exterior
Despite the F-Type Convertible’s brash approach to transporting you and one of your passengers in a loud, shouting roadster — very little of the car’s exterior is polarizing.

The hood’s nostrils and creases are visible without dominating the entire front end, and the functional cooling ducts in the nose aren’t over-engineered a la BMW’s M4. I appreciate that. The black bar running across the grille spoils an otherwise very good nose, and the Jag’s black honeycomb nose does what it should: feed the neutron bomb under the hood without drawing attention to itself.

The Reader’s Digest version: The F-Type’s front is tasteful but aggressive without spoiling or over-promising what’s coming out of the back.

The rear boasts the same aggressive, squinty lamps and raised hips to curve and accentuate the F-Type’s wide 295mm-wide aftward. A body-colored diffuser splits the wide difference between two sets of two tailpipes, presumably to visually fill space between the high-sitting exhausts, but the effect is lost. I almost prefer Arden’s approach with a black diffuser accented by a thin pipe of color. But I digress.

From the side, Jaguar design is tough to beat in profiles. The F-Type’s high belt and level nose and tail are classic roadster look, while the low creases below the doors help ground an already low coupe. There’s almost too much space between the wheel arches and the thin, 3.5-inch sidewall tires, but if the F-Type were any lower it wouldn’t be a Jaguar — it’d be a damn snake.

The worst part of the F-Type Convertible’s look is that the F-Type Coupe exists. That’s really it.

2015 Jaguar F-Type R AWD Seats

Interior
If our tester’s red leather seats with embossed R logos in the headrests don’t scream bombastic, then the red seatbelts will. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea (and probably not mine for $2,500 extra dollars), but it is fairly attractive when paired with the right exterior color.

Our white, black convertible with red leather was high contrast and good looking in classical terms — it’d be hard to imagine red leather looking the same with an orange exterior, however.

2015 Jaguar F-Type R AWD InteriorThe F-Type’s cockpit is appealing in its focus on the driver, and that’s it. The passenger hand grab on the left, near the center display screams: “Keep hands and arms away.” It’s a wonderful idea.

Jaguar’s new navigation is slightly easier to use than last generation’s, which is to say, it’s passable. It’s not one of the larger automaker’s systems — Uconnect, Sync, etc. — so it lacks the fit and polish one of those systems can offer. The 770-watt Meridian sound system is sublime, and it’s a damn shame it has to be bolted to a car with no top and four tailpipes.

Although the display is bright, crisp and easily readable, there’s not a lot of information on the 8-inch touchscreen. Similarly, our F-Type’s rear backup camera (which seems a little unnecessary for such a short rear end) didn’t have the cleanest resolution. Also, the round climate control dials were attractive but difficult to understand. For example, the heated seats are controlled via pushing the temperature dial, something you’d only find out by staring at the dial and noticing a small red outline of a chair, roughly 1/4-inch tall. Meh.

Given all that, I found myself looking out more than I was looking in, listening to the car more than I was listening to the radio, and gripping the thick, leather-wrapped wheel more than the suede upper surfaces our Red Leather Package offered.

The driver controls and information are clean and sharp. Jaguar’s beefy three-spoke steering wheel is comfortable to grip and the tilt/telescopic wheel helps to find an ideal position for driving. A large, bright speedo that runs up to 210 mph (even though top speed is electronically limited to 186 mph) and expressive tachometer are classic needles and numbers, which fit the Jaguar.

The pistol-gripped shifter and dynamic control aren’t necessarily classical Jaguar features, if we’re being honest with each other. It takes a good 30 solid minutes with the shifter to discern how to get what gear and when (park is a button on top) and how to avoid shifting into neutral when you’re looking for drive. The dynamic control slider feels like a missile switch — which is awesome — but doesn’t necessarily fit the feel for the rest of the car.

2015 Jaguar F-Type R AWD Tailpipes

Drivetrain
An extraordinary body deserves an extraordinary engine, in my opinion. In that event, the supercharged V8 has a lot to live up to. The throbbing, grunting, spitting V8 has been compared to a lot of God-related events, and here’s mine: The engine sounds like a symphonic arrangement of guns, testosterone, God’s pleasure and winning every pissing contest all at the same time.

It doesn’t matter that the cackle and runoff is manufactured. I’m not particularly concerned with the active exhaust button that quiets the F-Type when it needs to slink around a neighborhood corner at 5 a.m. I think everyone should be awake to see this car, no matter how many computers are controlling what sounds and feels so organic.

That was one of my biggest questions for the AWD Jaguar F-Type R, which is the only powertrain available for the top-of-the-line model: Do you need something to swing its ass out to help you forget that it’s a series of computers and sophisticated electronics, and not a wild animal?

Well, no. Jaguar’s Magna all-wheel drive system operates mostly in the background without much intrusion to the driver. One hundred percent of the Jag’s power is sent to the rear wheels in normal driving, but if the system detects slip in the rear wheels, up to 50 percent of the power can be pushed up front. For decidedly un-hero drivers like me, that’s helpful to bring a rear end into shape around a corner, or mitigate understeer in a car with a 53/47 weight-distribution split. In short, with 550 horsepower, you can get the back around all you like, but for drivers without their Super License like me, the machine is best helping us along to faster lap times.

Aside from Jaguar’s move to AWD in the F-Type R, the inclusion of a manual option in V6 models with RWD is the other big news this year. I haven’t driven that box, so it wouldn’t be prudent to speculate, but I do know the automatic 8-speed with paddle shifters is smooth and responsive. When pressed into dynamic mode, the gearbox responds with rapid upshifts and holds gears around corners incredibly well. It may not be amazing like the Corvette’s automatic, but it’s better than slipping a shift around a canyon corner.

2015 Jaguar F-Type R AWD

Drive
Now that I’ve buried the lede, the F-Type is glorious fun to drive. I don’t imagine it’ll be the quickest lap compared to its competition, but it may be the most entertaining.

There’s a prevailing feeling that the Jaguar is doing its best to convince you that you’re part of an organic experience — your right foot commands all the horses all the time, your hands can pummel corners into shape, and your eyes can look through and save a snap oversteer.

In reality, none of those things exist. It’s possible to manipulate the amount of spit the pipes cackle with light throttle applications and holding gears, the Jaguar’s electric assist rack is disconnected despite feeling taut and ready, and the computers can command all 550 horses to four wheels better than I ever could.

I still know all that and I still don’t care.

With the top down and the exhaust fired up, the F-Type AWD R still made me feel special every time I drove it. I care about that.

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Capsule Review: 2014 Jaguar F-Type V6S Convertible http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/capsule-review-2014-jaguar-f-type-v6s-convertible/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/capsule-review-2014-jaguar-f-type-v6s-convertible/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=918066 I felt very conflicted following a quick nighttime Boston-to-New York City drive in this new Jag. It just did not meet my expectations. The car drove nice on the twisty and hilly Merritt Parkway but it was neither the sports car I desired, nor the grand tourer that the XKR was. Something was clearly wrong. […]

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2014 Jaguar F-type convertible rear left

I felt very conflicted following a quick nighttime Boston-to-New York City drive in this new Jag. It just did not meet my expectations. The car drove nice on the twisty and hilly Merritt Parkway but it was neither the sports car I desired, nor the grand tourer that the XKR was. Something was clearly wrong. Upon reaching my destination I carefully re-read Derek’s reviews and quickly realized that I am an idiot and that this F-Type has failed me in another way altogether.

2014 Jaguar F-type convertible top up top down

Like any proper modern sports car, the F-Type has a number of settings and adjustments available to its driver; suspension, transmission, steering, stability control, and even exhaust. I fiddled with the transmission and the exhaust because those settings were convenient, but I did not know that the others even existed. In my re-reading of Derek’s F-Type V6S review I came upon these words:

“Oh, and you absolutely must get the car with the “Configurable Dynamic Mode”, which adds another $3,000 to the base price, but effectively gives you two cars for the price of one.”

Son of a gun. My car had that option but I just dismissed it as a stability control setting that allows you to wag the rear-end like a pro, which I had no desire to do. Selecting it changes suspension, steering, transmission, and exhaust settings to ‘dynamic’. Like in many other sports cars, notably BMW’s M cars, this button transforms a smooth and quiet roadster that my mother would love, into a loud and quick sports car that I want. I am not exactly sure what the checkered flag button physically does, but all that a potential buyer needs to know is that it takes a vehicle that feels like an entry-level Mercedes SL and turns it into a Porsche Boxster.

2014 Jaguar F-type convertible dash

But I had another issue with this Jag, and here is where this Jag has clearly failed me. In his review, Derek was going on all about how every woman in the world loved this car and its driver. Reading deeper into his writing, women were literally throwing themselves at Derek just to be chauffeured around in the slick new roadster for a bit. The car has transformed him from being a humble but righteous autoscribe into a playboy that surpasses the likes of Lapo Elkann.

That did not happen to me. Not a single woman has expressed any interest what so ever in this car. I even made a point of dressing a little better when driving it and ensuring that my pricey mechanical timepiece was visible to all passer-bys. Not one woman even looked at me. Not even my wife. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Point. Zero. Now I’m no Jack Baruth, I got zero game, but c’mon, I did not even get a gander from the ladies.

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But the car did attract a lot attention, except that it was from every single balding middle-aged man in vicinity. They inquired about the British Racing Green paint and how it glistened in the sun. They needed to know the engine specs. One asked if it was a V12. They needed to hear it. I was tailgated by a young guy in a 3-series and challenged to a drag race by a Cayman owner. Even a homeless man yelled at me from across the sidewalk “how about five bucks for a bottle wine, stylin’ man!?” Five bucks!

I understand that attention as the F-Type is a gorgeous car. From bonnet to boot, there is not a wrong line on this car. There are however some questionable details and cost-cutting, such as the sculpted bolts on the rims of the wheels or plastic roll-bar covers which should really be aluminum. Open the huge front-hinged bonnet and you’ll see a plastic engine cover and not hand-polished aluminum velocity stacks. No complaints about the interior, other than outside visibility with the top up and the outdated infotainment system. The seats are adjustable in umpteen ways and wrapped in soft leather that has an intoxicating smell.  Only the British can do leather like this.

2014 Jaguar F-type convertible interior details

While fun in the corners and highway ramps, the ride is bouncy when the road gets bumpy. There was also surprisingly more wind noise with the top up than one would expect, and the Meridian audio system did not sound nearly as good as the one in the Range Rover. The best solution to those problems is lowering the top and pressing the active exhaust system button.

In alfresco cruising wind buffing is kept to a minimum, with only a slight breeze over the top of the driver’s head. The heater vents are positioned so that hot air blows directly over the 2/3 and 9/10 hand positions on the steering wheel, which itself is heated. The top setting for the heated seats is akin to sitting on hot lava rocks, which makes me believe this car could be fun with the top down over three seasons.

2014 Jaguar F-type convertible front left top

The 2015 Jaguar F-Type convertible starts at $69,000. The more powerful F-Type S, such as the one pictured here starts at $81,000. The test vehicle was splashed in $1500 British Racing Green paint, stanced with 20” $1500 Tornado wheels, outfitted with a $2000 Premium Pack 2, $2400 Vision Pack 2, $3400 Performance Package, heated seats and steering wheel for $600, Meridian audio for $1200, Ivory headliner (not made of real ivory) $500, HD and Sirius radio $450, and extended leather package for $1925. The total price of the test car, with delivery, came to $97,400. Those wanting more power can opt for the $92,000 F-Type V8 S. All trims are available in a coupe version for about $4000 less each. Additionally, the coupe is available in the even more powerful $99,000 550hp F-Type R trim.

Currently there are surprisingly many premium sports cars and roadsters on the market. Their abilities surpass those of supercars of only few years ago and are only limited by the driver’s skills, and even that is vastly supplemented by modern electronics. The question of which to buy is no longer answered by buff-book performance numbers, but rather by finding one that best matches your desires – there are no bad choices.

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Kamil Kaluski is the East Coast Editor for Hooniverse.com. His ramblings on Eastern European cars, $500 racers, and other miscellaneous automotive stuff can be found there. 

Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC provided the vehicle for this review.

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Jaguar Is Selling F-Types, Not Much Else http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/jaguar-selling-f-types-much-else/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/jaguar-selling-f-types-much-else/#comments Sat, 09 Aug 2014 15:01:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=884617 By sports car standards, Jaguar is selling a lot of F-Types. By Jaguar standards, Jaguar is selling a lot of F-Types. But Jaguar USA isn’t doing so much with the selling of its other cars. U.S. sales of the XJ, Jaguar’s S-Class rival, are down 16% through the first seven months of 2014 to just […]

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2014 Jaguar F-Type CoupeBy sports car standards, Jaguar is selling a lot of F-Types. By Jaguar standards, Jaguar is selling a lot of F-Types.

But Jaguar USA isn’t doing so much with the selling of its other cars.

U.S. sales of the XJ, Jaguar’s S-Class rival, are down 16% through the first seven months of 2014 to just 2627 units. We don’t expect S-Class-like numbers from the XJ, but these aren’t even XJ-like numbers from the XJ. True, large luxury SUV flagships have done a number on large luxury sedan flagships, but the XJ is a car that attracted more than 10,000 buyers in both 2003 and 2004. Jaguar USA might sell 5000 in 2014.

Context: Mercedes-Benz is selling nearly 1900 S-Class sedans per month in what should be a boom year for the S-Class. The Audi A8, on the other hand, is a perennial low-volume large luxury player, and year-to-date volume is down 12%, but Audi has reported an XJ-besting 3137 A8 sales.

Thankfully, there’s the XF, a car that’s been around since 2008. Its best year was its first full year on the market, 2009, when 8578 were sold. Remember, 2009 was a dreadful year for auto sales in America. Sales of just about everything have increased since then. But XF volume in 2014, now that the range has been hugely expanded, is down 17% compared with the first seven months of 2013, which ended as the XF’s second-best sales U.S. sales year, 8% off 2009’s pace.

Jaguar USA July 2014 sales chartThe XK is dead. We want to be sad that a conservatively handsome British grand tourer has disappeared, but buyers of this type of car won’t miss it, because they weren’t buying XKs to begin with. Only 5674 have been sold in the last 43 months. Porsche has sold 6017 911s in America in the last seven months. No, Jaguar isn’t Porsche. But to suggest that it’s alright for Jaguar to sell the XK in ridiculously small numbers is to forget that the XK has, at points, been half of Jaguar’s lineup. Or a third of the lineup. Or now, a forgotten quarter of Jaguar’s lineup.

The F-Type, on the other hand, especially now that it’s available in both coupe and convertible form, is a popular car by SLK, Z4, TT, Boxster, and Cayman standards, if not the ever-popular 911. Jaguar has sold 2238 F-Types this year. Year-over-year volume during the last three months, the only three months for which we have year-over-year numbers, has risen 48%. The F-Type was Jaguar’s best-selling car in May, when it generated 33% of the brand’s volume. It was Jaguar’s best-selling car in the U.S. in June, when it generated 34% of the brand’s volume. The F-Type was also Jaguar’s best-selling car in the U.S. in July, with 42% of the brand’s volume.

In July, the F-Type’s 501 sales placed it ahead of the Audi TT (101), BMW Z4 (120), and Mercedes-Benz SLK (416). The Boxster and Cayman combined to sell 559 units. Porsche also sold 849 911s.

At 501 units, the F-Type’s best month since it arrived in May of last year, the F-Type easily outsold the Mazda MX-5 and trailed the Nissan 370Z (636 July sales) with surprising closeness. The F-Type isn’t a high-volume car, but among cars of this type, it’s far from being a low-volume car.

The allure of its design, its symphonic engines, and its ability to stretch far upmarket cause enthusiasts to hope against reason that the upcoming entry-level XE – a name which sounds terribly Toyota trim level-like – could be equally gorgeous, equally pleasing to drive, and equally successful.

Non-F-Type Jags are selling very poorly in the United States right now. Combined, the XF, XJ, and XK are down 14.5% this year; they were down 46% in July. The same fate cannot strike the XE a couple or even a few years into its first model cycle.

Or else Tata will be forced to rely on Land Rover for its premium content. Yes, that Land Rover, the brand that currently accounts for 76% of U.S. JLR sales, up from 44% a decade ago.

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Jaguar’s 11-Year Itch Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-jaguars-11-year-itch-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-jaguars-11-year-itch-edition/#comments Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:44:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407513 Slightly over 11 years ago, Jaguar set the car world’s heart a-flutter with the sleek, stunning F-Type concept. Shortly thereafter they said they’d build it, and relentless hype (including a totally unconvincing C&D “First Drive Review” featuring no actual driving impressions) followed. As the years dragged on, it soon became clear that Jaguar would not […]

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Slightly over 11 years ago, Jaguar set the car world’s heart a-flutter with the sleek, stunning F-Type concept. Shortly thereafter they said they’d build it, and relentless hype (including a totally unconvincing C&D “First Drive Review” featuring no actual driving impressions) followed. As the years dragged on, it soon became clear that Jaguar would not be building the achingly gorgeous sub-XK roadster (a decision that Robert Farago called “a shocking miscalculation“). But now, with mules already prowling the British countryside, a new baby Jag roadster concept is coming to the Frankfurt Auto Show… and Jaguar tells Autocar it will be a “precursor” to the coming production model. As a big fan of Ian Callum’s work, I’m sure it will look absolutely delicious… but if this somehow turns out to be another F-Type-style tease, Jaguar will be dead to me forever. [UPDATE: video preview after the jump]

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