The American press have become quite animated over Jaguar Land Rover’s British Invasion of this week’s LA Auto Show. The car maker’s launch ceremony at Paramount Studios in Hollywood marked the US debut of Jaguar’s F-TYPE and all-new Range Rover, plus the world premiere of Jaguar’s 542bhp XFR-S.
A little over 18 months after the XKR-S was launched, it’s time for the XF to seize its moment in the spotlight. Powered by the same 542bhp supercharged AJ-V8 5.0-litre engine, the XFR-S will take the fight to BMW’s M5, which until now has been the most powerful executive saloon on sale.
With a kerb weight of 1,920kg the new Panamera GTS is certainly no light-weight, but in every other respect Porsche have fettled their four-seater sports saloon to go harder, faster and deliver a more rewarding drive.
After making its world debut at the Paris motor show, and becoming the star attraction at the Los Angeles motor show, the C-X75 is now turning heads in Knightsbridge as Londoners, tourists and even the odd celebrity stop to gaze at it through the window of the Jaguar Boutique.
Amidst all the glitzy sports car and hybrid-vehicle premieres at the LA Auto Show this week, you’d be forgiven for overlooking Subaru’s latest ‘concept’ model which broke cover yesterday. Subaru have experienced more than their fair share of difficulties trying to evolve their most popular model, and from our experience of Subaru’s recent concept vehicles we know there’s a strong likelihood of this Impreza Design Concept becoming the fully-fledged production model.
No spotlights. No evocative music. No video walls playing carefully crafted videos. Unlike its world premiere on the stage at the Paris Motor Show, the first time Jaguar’s celebratory (75 years of heritage) and celebrated C-X75 set foot on the open road was a more gritty and real experience.
It might be Hollywood, but its edgy North Hollywood, not the Walk of Fame or the Sunset Strip, where Tinseltown’s favourite petrolhead Jay Leno became the first person outside Jaguar to drive the C-X75 on a public highway.
We’ve known since last summer that Porsche would launch a more sporting variant of the ever-popular Cayman before the year-end, and whilst speculation was rife about its nomenclature it was never likely to be called a CS.
Instead Porsche have chosen to call it the Cayman R and if you’re familiar with Porsche naming convention then you’ll already realise that such a distinction is important. The Porsche alphabet reserves the letter R for very special sports cars in its range: R for responsive and refined – but most especially for racy. Porsche claims that the new Cayman R combines all these attributes without compromise.
Sometimes there’s a reason why a niche is ‘new’ and perhaps other companies have considered and then dismissed it from their box of good ideas. Occasionally such innovations succeed, take Mercedes-Benz CLS, BMW’s X6 or Smart’s ForTwo, but sometimes those left-field ideas are supposed to remain just that – ideas.
Nissan disagrees however and has revealed the world’s first all-wheel drive crossover convertible in the run up to the LA Auto Show later this week