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Jaguar Engines

Jaguar has used Jaguar engines since the beginning of the company. Some companies will buy the power plant from a manufacture to save development cost. A good example is the XK engine with the TWIN OHC or DOHC in-line 6 cylinder engine. This engine was used from 1969 all the way through 1992. The engine had different variants but the design stayed the same.

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In 1989 Ford purchased Jaguar and added it to the Premier Auto Group along with Aston Martin, Land Rover and Volvo Cars. Under Ford ownership, the product line was expanded. In 1999 the S-Type was introduced and then the 2001 X-Type. In January 2008 Ford sold Jaguar and Land Rover to Tata Motors of India for 3 billion dollars.

The current car models of Jaguar available in the US are the Jaguar XF, the Jaguar XK and the XJ models.  The XF was introduced as the replacement for the S-Type. This car has a 5.0 liter supercharged engine for the performance minded driver. The earlier Jaguar S-Type appeared in 1999 and ran through 2008. This car was prone to multiple reliability issues. The X-Type car was brought to market as a compact executive car and offered all-wheel drive. It had a 2.5 liter engine that was more of an economy motor than focusing on performance.

The XK replaced the XK8 in 2006 and is considered a luxury grad touring car with its aluminum body shell and can be ordered as a coupe or convertible.  The XJ series is the flagship full on luxury model. The XJ has been in production since 1968 but received much criticism with the 4th generation new body style came out in 2009.  

Some of the earlier models like the XJ series were offered with a V-12 cylinder engine. The engine was a proto type for the XJ220 Jaguar rolled out in 1992 as the world’s fastest car. It outperformed the Ferrari F40 and the Porsche 959 supercar.