I was recently invited to a "ride and drive" event at my local Jaguar dealer, where I had the opportunity to drive many models from the current range. Naturally, I chose to drive the XJR, XKR and S-Type R. Of these, the S-Type R stood out as being the superlative machine. Yes, the XJR had ultimate luxury; and yes, the XKR cornered the market in looks and desirability. But for sheer talent on the road the S-Type R was a Yorkshire mile ahead of the others. The smooth, supercharged engine sounds great and has tremendous reserves of torque. Excellent grip ensures it corners fantastically well, and the stopping power of the breaks is far beyond anything else I've experienced. What would I compare it to? Well, a while ago I test drove a Mitsubishi Evo VI Tommi Makinen special edition. In feel, the S-Type R is the Evo's elder brother. While the Evo has the unfettered, tear-away wrecklessness of youth; the S-Type R has the same temperament, just slightly softened with maturity and a desire for luxury; and is by far the better machine for this. At the price Jaguar offer this machine, it is an unparalleled bargain! Hear's my advice: sell your Granny; buy a Jaguar S-Type R.
Why oh why Have jaguar named this not-oustanding example of a posh Rover 75 an "S-type"? It's just wrong. Jaguar made the original S type back in the 60s, and the "new S type" is nothing by comparision. It's a bit like the "new" Beatle, or the mini, it looks vaguely like the original (although I don't know why Jaguar called this one the S-type as firstly, it looks more like a Mark II, and secondly, the Mark II was certainly more popular being better proportioned with a shorter boot), but actually doesn't give you the raw, retro feel of the originals. I wish car manufacturers would stop doing this. Nothing beats a good example of the original S-type. They may be a good 35 years old now, but back then the engines were build to last (350,000 miles so they say). S types were used in the 60s as police cars, by no means are they sluggish, as you'd expect from an "old" car, wouldn't you? If you ever get the courage to step into one of these beasts you'll also realise that the drive isn't that bad either. The suspension is good, and it feels tight all round. Also, back then there were no silly electronic gizmos to go wrong. Cars were built to take you from a to b, in comfort. That's all you really need. Yes, the car will take simply ages to warm up in the mornings, and the windscreen is only about 8 inches tall, but it's worth it. If there's no air conditioning, central locking or radio, so what? It means there's less to go wrong, as modern cars have a penchant for doing. Why oh why do people want these new "retro" cars? New cars depreciate in value, old cars only get more valuable. If you've got the original, you can show it off, get looks wherever you go, and have a general warm proud feeling inside that you are keeping a piece of history and travelling in ultimate style. Think about it.
The New Jaguar S-type. Looks great doesn't it? Well it should do because people who know everything there is to know about aesthetic quality designed it, and this car is a prime example of what cars should look like. It's sleek, it's big but graceful, and it has modern looks and yet retains the instantly recognisable Jaguar lights, badge and grill. Jaguar set the S-type up to capture the hearts and money of BMW 5 series drivers, and to some extent it has succeeded brilliantly. With all the modern day technologies, in both design/aerodynamics and safety and mechanics, the Jaguar really is a fine example of a top of the range British executive automobile. It's a shame that Jaguar is owned by the American firm Ford, as the car is technically American, but let's forget that. Some people aren't convinced by the styling, perhaps they feel the car looks a little over the top, well I think it looks great and comes close to the 5 series in nearly every aspect, but isn't a better car and so the 5 series will continue to reign supreme as the best luxury 'big-exec', but the Jaguar has sold well, so BMW must have lost some market share. The car comes in 3 forms - the 4.0litre V8 automatic (Offering 281 BHP but will set you back £35000 and is insurance group 17), the V6 SE auto (£31000 with group 15 and delivering a hefty 240BHP) and the V6 manual (Only £26700, same group 15 and same 240 BHP) if you want a manual then you plump for that obviously, but the V8 is said to be a better car. It sprints from 0-60 in 7.2 seconds and can reach 140mph+, but the likely hood is that you'll never drive at more than 90. A superb car from a superb manufacturer. I'd recommend it if you have enough money to pay for it!
Having owned a Jaguar S-Type for almost five months now, I cannot fault this beautiful car in any way. It is the perfect car for those who want size and comfort and the luxury of a Jaguar. Although it doesn't have the exclusive feel of owning a past model Jag, there seem to be many S-Types on the road, it is still in a class of it's own. I cannot make fair comments on the mechanics and machine technicalties of this car, that's not my field I'm afraid, but as a passenger the car is a joy to ride in. Smooth and quiet with oodles of leg room. Fantastic for long journies.
It looks like jaguar have done it again theyv'e launched another great car. They have brought a touch of class from the past to the future the car that everyone loved they have brought out the new Jaguar s-type a car with style and glitz a car that everyone wants to be seen in from dawn till dusk just to look popular. The gorgeous sleek body is adored by every passer by and the leather interior just finishes the car off like a cherry on an ice cream.