Lumma CLR F Jaguar F-Pace

German tuner Lumma Design have revealed their tuning program for Jaguar’s first SUV. The Lumma CLR F Jaguar F-Pace get’s a full exterior makeover and some tweaks under the hood as well. The tuner says their version of the F-Pace is available for ordering in the third quarter of 2016.

The customization package for the F-Pace includes carbon-fiber PU-RIM body styling components, ultra-light 24-inch alloy wheels, a custom sports exhaust system and an engine update program for all engine variants. At the heart of the tuning program is the ‘OEM quality’ PU RIM bodykit that brings a new front bumper, rear apron, wheel arch extensions and side skirts to the British SUV.

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For both styling and weight saving purposes the custom front bonnet and rear diffusor are both made of carbon-fiber. Let’s not forget about the massive 24-inch wheels that jump the eye, LUMMA says it’s their first ever 24-inch wheel and tire set. Judging from the renders the sizable wheels fill out the rather large wheel arches quite perfectly indeed.

While performance upgrades should become available to all engine variants, the most popular and appropriate power plant of the range is of course the good sounding supercharged 3.0-liter V6. The engine produces 380 hp (280 kW) as standard, while LUMMA bumps its performance to 480 hp (353 kW) through a power upgrade that involves the new sport exhaust system that comes in the form of four powerful looking tailpipes.

The German tuner also offers to take on the interior of the F-Pace. Their design studio presents a comprehensive assortment of fine leather and Alcantara, as well as contrasting trim inserts and a variety of carbon fiber or traditional wood veneers. To finish it all off the CLR F comes with a set of aluminum pedals and custom floor mats with engraved LUMMA logos.

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2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia costs from £29,180

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The Alfa Romeo Giulia will cost from £29,180 in the UK, making the entry-level model £4020 more expensive than the base version of its key rival, the BMW 3 Series.

The base Alfa does, however, come with a larger, more potent engine than the BMW, and there’s also a generous list of standard features in the Italian car, ensuring Alfa’s new saloon should be a strong contender against its established rivals.

British buyers get to choose from five trim levels for Alfa’s saloon: Giulia, Giulia Super, Giulia Tecnica, Giulia Speciale and the range topping Giulia Quadrifoglio. More details for each can be found below. Pricing for the range-topping Quadrifoglio version of the car, which features a Ferrari-derived 3.0-litre V6 with 503bhp, starts at £59,000.

Besides the Quadrifoglio model, three engines will be available in the Giulia. These include a 197bhp and 243lb ft turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol, which is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Compare that to the entry-level BMW engine, a 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit, and even the base Alfa looks suitably well endowed.

Next are two 2.2-litre diesels, the most powerful of which produces 178bhp and 332lb ft of torque. It’s capable of emitting less than 100g/km of CO2 in Eco specification. The other diesel comes with 148bhp and 280lb ft.

Both engines can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission or the eight-speed auto ‘box.

Technical specs

All models will be rear-wheel drive as standard, but all-wheel drive will be available on some versions. Alfa Romeo says the car has a perfect 50/50 weight distribution, and features multi-link suspension at the rear and double wishbones at the front.

The Giulia has an unladen weight of 1374kg in 178bhp 2.2-litre diesel form.

Alfa Romeo says that electronic aids on the Giulia are used only to make the driving experience more exciting. For example, the new integrated braking system mixes the traditional stability control set-up with a servo brake, reducing weight and vibrations through the pedal.

Other safety and assistance systems include autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, optional adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.

Drivers can choose from three driving modes via Alfa’s DNA drive selector. In addition, range-topping Quadrifoglio models get a Race option.

The five-seat cabin features an 8.8in infotainment system, controlled via a rotary pad on the centre console. The system features compatibility for Apple and Android devices, Bluetooth and satellite navigation. Depending on specification, the Giulia gets either a 3.5in or 7.0in colour display as part of the instrument cluster.

Five-trim levels

In entry-level Giulia form, the car sits on 16in alloy wheels, and has LED rear lights, a fabric interior, 3.5in TFT driver’s information screen, 6.5in infotainment screen and a leather steering wheel. Cruise control, dual-zone climate control and lane departure warning are three of several key features offered as standard.

Pay £30,880 for a Super model and Alfa will add 17in alloys, twin exhaust pipes and part-leather seats, as well as an 8.8in infotainment screen and two-tone interior trim. Add £115 to that price and the Tecnica falls into reach, bringing a rear reversing camera, privacy glass, chrome window surrounds and a cooled glove box.

The highest-spec non performance Giulia, the Speciale, costs from £34,150 and adds bi-xenon headlights, heated front seats and steering wheel wrapped in leather, 18in alloys and sports front and rear bumpers.

The Quadrifoglio range-topper gets an even more aggressive look and optional Personalisation pack, which brings features such as wheel-mounted paddle shifters, keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors and electric front seats. There’s also an autonomous emergency braking system and blind spot monitoring to head a long list of driver assist features.

Alfa Romeo says the new Giulia “embodies the core elements which have made Alfa Romeo one of the world’s best-loved automotive brands; distinctive Italian design; innovative powertrains, perfect weight distribution, unique technical solutions and the best weight-to-power ratio”.

Alfa’s newly announced pricing ranks the Giulia above some of its key rivals, including the aforementioned £25,160 BMW 3 Series, and the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Jaguar XE, which are priced at £26,350, £27,665 and £26,990 respectively. But the Alfa has arguably one of the strongest engine line-ups of the lot and a lengthy list of standard equipment to help it fight it cause.

Jaguar offering F-Type SVR rides around the Nürburgring

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With Jaguar’s announcement that it will offer rides in its new F-Type SVR, Germany’s famed Nürburgring is becoming even more of an amusement park for car enthusiasts. And that’s all right with us.

The British automaker says visitors to the track can sign up for a 30 minute program offered on weekends through October that includes a spirited ride (not drive) around the complete Nordschleife in the passenger seat of a new F-Type SVR. On-board cameras mounted inside the car will record the experience for passengers to take home.

Passengers will suit up and be issued a helmet and a HANS device for safety since this is not designed to be a mere light jaunt around one of the most demanding racetracks in the world. It is, however, a track that Jaguar knows well since it has operated a development facility nearby since 2003. The company has also run a ring taxi service in the past.

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The F-Type SVR itself was largely developed at the ‘Ring. Jaguar calls the 575-horsepower version of the stunning F-Type a genuine supercar, and it has fitted the particular car set to be used in the passenger experience with a roll cage and Recaro racing seats with harnesses.

100 autonomous Jaguar and Land Rover cars to hit UK roads this year

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Jaguar, Land Rover has revealed plans to create a fleet of more than 100 autonomous research vehicles – with testing on public roads starting later this year. The news comes shortly after the brand announced new road reading technologydesigned to make off-roading easier and faster.

The first tests will involve vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication tech that will allow cars to talk to each other by reading signs, gantries and traffic lights. Research will begin later this year on a new 41-mile route across motorways and urban roads around Coventry and Solihull in the West Midlands.

Head of research Tony Harper said: “Our connected and automated technology could help improve traffic flow, cut congestion and reduce the potential for accidents. We will also improve the driving experience, with drivers able to choose how much support and assistance they need.”

Features such as Roadwork Assist use forward cameras to generate a 3D view of the road ahead. It can recognise cones and barriers to identify a safe and unobstructed route down the road. It can even warn the driver of narrowing lanes, applying small amounts of steering assistance to help keep the car in the lane.

This tech will work alongside Co-operative Adaptive Cruise Control, whereby cars can travel in convoy with the lead car communicating acceleration and braking input to the cars behind. This allows vehicles to safely travel far closer than than they can currently, reacting instantly to any changes in speed. The ‘connected cars’ can also change lanes and exit junctions, synchronising their movements and maintaining safe distances from one another. Jaguar Land Rover says this will increase road capacity and prevent accidents.

JLR is also developing software titled Over the Horizon Warning, which uses radio signals to transmit data from car-to-car, with those ahead warning those behind of any impending danger over the horizon or around blind bends. Harper insisted that semi-autonomous technology could benefit the keener driver, too.

“Even when an enthusiastic driver is fully focussed on enjoying the thrill of the open road, the new technology we are creating will still be working in the background to help keep them safe,” he said. ”Imagine being able to receive a warning that there’s a hazard out of sight or around a blind bend.”

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If the system spots a vehicle ahead that has slowed or stopped, it sends an audible and visual warning to the driver. Once the hazard is passed, normal driving can be resumed.

The final piece of tech is Emergency Vehicle Warning, which allows connected ambulances, police cars or fire engines to communicate with other vehicles on the road. By broadcasting their approach before the siren is audible the system gives members of the public a chance get out the way safely and conveniently. 

Jaguar XKSS continuation will debut at the Los Angeles auto show


The gorgeous continuation Jaguar XKSS will make its debut at the Los Angeles auto show later this year. Jaguar Classic is building nine examples, all of which have been sold, to the exact specs of its 1957 precursor.

You’ve probably heard the story, but a quick retelling goes like this: Jag made the XKSS in 1957 as a road-worthy version of the race-winning D-Type, but during the Jaguar factory fire at Browns Lane, it lost a handful of examples. The company is rebuilding the nine lost versions for collectors.
Jaguar says that it will use what it learned by remaking the Lightweight E-Type in the creation of the XKSS. That E-Type, by the way, will make its comeback racing debut this weekend at the Le Mans Classic in France with journalist/TV presenter/race car driver Chris Harris at the wheel. Check out the story of the Lightweight E-Type here.
We’ll be on hand in LA for the auto show, where we’ll hopefully get more news on the XKSS, like who bought them or where we can see them in action.