The bidding for Jaguar and Land Rover is still going on and just as it nears the end Apollo – the American private equity house – has decided to join in. They have chosen to team up with the Mahindra & Mahindra – the Indian tractor builder – and will be seeing it through to the end hoping to get their hands on the two automakers.
Mahindra had put in dubs earlier in the race – but pulled out for what reason we don’t know. Yet, with the support of Apollo they decided that they have a much better chance at winning.
2007 Jaguar models include; the XJR, Jaguar XJ Sport, XJ8 with a V8, walnut veneer and leather. The next model inline this year is the XJR powered by a supercharged V8 and Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS). Vanden Plas is the next in line for 2007 XJ models followed by the Jaguar Super V8 the ultimate Jaguar sedan.
Under the hood of every XJ, a surging V8 throbs. In standard trim, the engine is a 4.2-liter aluminum V8 developing 300 horsepower with cam phasing to boost throttle response and reduce emissions. And this torque-rich power addresses the road with ardor.
The styling of the 2005 XK8 luxury coupe and convertible was clearly inspired by Jaguar’s famous old XK-E (E-Type) sports car of the 1960s. Unveiled for 1997, the rear-drive sport Jaguars replaced the XJS design that had been around for 21 years. In fact, the new models also bore some kinship to the XJS, using part of its rear-drive platform and the same basic suspension, and riding a nearly identical wheelbase.
Jaguar claimed a 25 percent increase in body stiffness over the XJS. Jaguar’s first V8 engine went under the hood, a 4.0-liter aluminum unit with twin overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder.