Quinton Taylor Quinton Taylor 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SL W113 ‘California Coupe’ 2 years ago

Ultra rare version of Pagoda SL — W113

Jake Groves Jake Groves 2001 Jaguar XKR-R X100 SVO 6-spd Manual 2 years ago

Like all Jaguars, the XKR-R prototype is a car that likes to be driven

From the more focused XKR-R on the cover to the discreetly modified Mk 2 on page 44, and the only XJ-S cabriolet to have both TWR’s 6.0-litre V12 and a manual ’box to the E-type Series 3 fitted with a modern six-speed automatic transmission, this issue of Jaguar World features nothing but cars that like being driven.Of course, for those of us who own one, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. More than any other British marque, Jaguar has always produced models to be enjoyed.

The E-type Series 1 might be a high-end investment for the lucky few today, but – at its heart – it’s still the simple, yet highly effective, sports car it has always been. The XJ-S that replaced it is clearly more of a luxury grand tourer, yearning to be taken to the South of France. To do anything else misses the point of the car. Even the new XF Sportbrake D200, with Jaguar’s new hybrid drivetrain – which I go camping with to the far reaches of northern Scotland – fits this description, although I discover it’s more about covering miles than big, beaming smiles. My own XK8 gets into the act, too, by taking me to Shelsley Walsh for the wonderful E-type 60 event in June. The 116 miles travelled from home might pale into insignificance compared to a trip to the French Riviera, but, after 18 months of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s the furthest I’ve driven the car for some time. It was a great reminder of how fabulous a car it is. I’m sure many of you can say the same about your own little-used pride and joy. But, now that life in the UK is taking its first precarious steps back to normality, it’s time to hit the road and let your Jaguars do what they do best: be enjoyed and, most of all, be driven.

Aaron McKay Aaron McKay 2022 Lotus Emira 2 years ago

Well those DCT boxes shift way quicker than i ever could in a manual. I remember vividly the heavy clutch setup in the XY GTHO and after tearing around mountain roads i needed a leg massage. It was ridiculous heavy and no power steering didn't help either lol...

Richard Meaden Richard Meaden 2022 Lotus Emira 2 years ago

That's because your ahem, older like me. I've had a little manual hot hatchback and Loved smashing it's gearbox left right and centre. I've also had mid size German saloons with automatic gearboxes. Some with manual overide. So I'd definitely go the latter route now! :)

Votren De Este Votren De Este 2022 Lotus Emira 2 years ago

About the same power, similar weight, and similar price as a Porsche Cayman/Boxster GTS 4.0. I think it'll fool a lot of people thinking it's a supercar. In terms of brand recognition and value, I don't think it's better than the Porsche. But I would be more inclined to buy this instead because it's just more special.

Votren De Este Votren De Este 2022 BMW M5 CS F90 2 years ago

Excess all areas. Okay, I’m old and old school. I remember reading Cars and Car Conversions and then Performance Car before progressing on to evo. However, the huge size, massive power and ridiculous costs of many of the cars featured in your pages of late are making them completely irrelevant to all but a privileged few, not to mention irrelevant on most of our finest roads.

The £140k, 626bhp, 1825kg BMW M5 CS; the £5million, 836bhp Aston Martin Victor; the £117k, 616bhp, 2320kg Porsche Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo…are these cars really made for driving?

I’m happy with my lightly modified 30th Anniversary Mazda MX-5. £25k new, cheap to run, insure, maintain and modify. I can revel in country B-roads (on which it easily fits), wringing the sweet little naturally aspirated motor to the red line on every precise manual gearchange, working to carry every possible mph onto the next straight, feeling the little car move under me on its skinny 205-section tyres – and loving every second! Is it just me, or am I missing something?

Didi Didi ‘Tera’ V12 Jaguar E-type reimagined 2 years ago

Look fine and sharp

Aaron McKay Aaron McKay Design Julian Thomson director leaves Jaguar 2 years ago

You may well question why we are reporting the loss of Jaguar’s latest design director in Classic Jaguar? It is our view is that each generation of designers from Sir William Lyons and Malcolm Sayer all the way through to Ian Callum have created iconic models which are either now regarded as classics or will be in the future. Prior to Julian Thomson’s 21-year stint at JLR where his credits included the R-coupe and RD-6 concept cars from the early 2000s, he worked at Lotus for 12 years during which time he penned the iconic Elise S1 in 1996.

These achievements alone gave us every reason to believe there were exciting times ahead as his vision for Jaguar became a reality. Upon hearing the news, Ian Callum ‘tweeted’ his disappointment at the loss to Jaguar of such high calibre talent. Callum himself left in 2019, compounding Wayne Burgess’ departure the same year, this now leaves Jaguar with none of the long-term triumvirate team in place. Thomson has not yet revealed his plans for the future, and neither have JLR announced who is to be his successor.

Karl Ludvigsen Karl Ludvigsen 1983 Alfa Romeo Alfa 6 fuel-injected South African 119i 2 years ago

This car was with cool rear susspension system

Dan Furr Dan Furr 1983 Alfa Romeo Alfa 6 fuel-injected South African 119i 2 years ago

Nice pre-Fiat era example of rear wheels drive Alfa big sedan!

Georg Kacher Georg Kacher 1992 McLaren F1 vs. 1996 Porsche 911 GT1 and 1997 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR C297 2 years ago

yep the car in the pic is indeed the 1997 version of the porsche gt1. between 911 gt1 and clk-gtr… that's a really tough choice. i'm surprised nobody ever did a comparison test between the two, on a track or something. it's important to know how fast this type of cars are on circuits

Huw Evans Huw Evans 1992 McLaren F1 vs. 1996 Porsche 911 GT1 and 1997 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR C297 2 years ago

I find this funny. I wonder who decided how much $$ would be too much to pay photographer for not releasing pictures of crashed F1… How do you calculate something like that… I guess they don't want the bad imagine for the brand, but it's not like other supercars don't crash or that there aren't plenty of pictures with crashed McLaren's, Ferraris etc around anyway

Aaron McKay Aaron McKay 1992 McLaren F1 vs. 1996 Porsche 911 GT1 and 1997 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR C297 2 years ago

1992 F1 has incredible acceleration because it weighs only 1150 kg and has a power of 620 hp or 545 hp / t. The modern Porsche 918 has a power ratio of 520 hp / t. F1 is a very light supercar with a powerful engine, all modern supercars weigh more than 1600 kg

Votren De Este Votren De Este 1992 McLaren F1 vs. 1996 Porsche 911 GT1 and 1997 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR C297 2 years ago

Top speed — what is the topspeed advertised in 1992 McLaren F1 owners manual/brochure? That number should be used, if there is such a number. The prototype speed records can be ignored, but it would be best to have some other number in place.

Estimates — they are based on deep learning (not really deep tbh). The AI does take in account the year of the car (which implies tyre performance) but this effect probably in this current version of neural net is not strong enough. So you could look at it as if the tyres are almost ignored or the effect diminished.

James Elliott James Elliott 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 ‘Touring’ vs. 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’ E9 2 years ago

Two definitions of legendary status

In the great automotive Venn Diagram, BMW and Porsche don’t tend to have a lot of commonality in their middle section. Occasionally they stand-toe-to-toe conceptually but, even then, so disparate are the German giants’ personalities and audiences that, like two heavyweight champs holding different belts and never quite setting up that unification fight, they don’t really slug it out.

There is one notable exception, though, and it’s a battle that has been raging for 50 years and counting. It’s not as if the CSL and RS were strict rivals in competition, but the homologation road versions were a different matter altogether. And, I would posit, two of the greatest road cars turned racers turned road cars that the world has ever seen.

These are cars about which every single true enthusiast knows (and readily shares) some element of pub trivia, just as they do with the GT40’s height-name confluence or the fact that Enzo Ferrari waxed lyrical about the beauty of the E-type. With our cover stars it will probably be the fact that, in its home nation, you had to buy your Batmobile with the very thing that made it a Batmobile detached and in the boot. Or they might reel off the siren call names for the vibrant hues on the Porsche colour chart. That such should-be-obscurities are so widely known is as verifiable a sign of legendary status as I can think of.

Lee 911 Sibley Lee 911 Sibley 1966 Porsche 912 Coupe 2 years ago

Nice look for this SWB version

Phil McNamara Phil McNamara 1963 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Resto-Mod 510bhp 2 years ago

Cool resto-mod car — like new era of tuning swap!

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