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As I said earlier, I have a RWD now, and it is fun, but I would take the safety of AWD anyday. Perhaps those who want RWD live somewhere where there is no significant levels of snow or ice. A few harrowing experiences in either will convince you pretty quickly.
When CD's came out, people insisted that vinyl was still superior. After many years, it is obvious (except for a few diehards) that CD's are vastly better. Someday we may look back and say, "Remember when people used just the front or rear wheels to drive the car?" "Yeah, it was fun, but not very safe eh?" "Kinda like the flat windshield, oil burning lights and front drum brakes..."
(OK OK ... I'm exagerating ... but perhaps not too much...)
Check out the 3/01 C&D Preview Report. As they put it, most of the WEIGHT of the TRANSVERSE ENGINE is AHEAD of the FRONT AXLE CENTERLINE! That causes a pronounced 60/40 front to rear weight imbalance, a lot like your average FWDer (which might be as high as 65/35 imbalanced).
There is a huge driving difference between an AWD car with 50/50 balance and one with 60/40 balance. I much prefer the former to the latter. And I would much prefer the former balance in a RWD car to the latter balance in an AWD car. Too much weight is up front. And those are drive wheels. Even taking into account the 40/60 front to rear torque split, no LSD.
And although Jaguar owners seldom actually drive their cars, if they are asked to, they will respond. The Jaguar is no Japanese car, but it is also no German car. It is designed to be luxury-sport, whereas BMW in particular is sport-luxury. The Japanese are just floaty luxury in my opinion, but that's another discussion.~ A.R.
BTW - nice posts lately. Keep it up.
My guess is it will be fun to drive.
Seems like a nitpicky thing to worry about to me.
Facts are that Jag is going to offer a manual and a sports tuned suspension but not offer rwd (at least not yet). If a buyer wants rwd, the buyer will have to go elsewhere. If elsewhere is BMW or C-Class, the buyer is going to get a lot less good looks for the dollar. If Jag still sells 85k Jag X's per year, they won't miss those who jump over to BMw or C-Class. If Jag cannot meet its market expectations, it either kills the car or re-engineers.
Jaguar will sell more cars to affluent safety-conscious people who look for elegance and a smidgeon of exclusivity than they would ever wrest from the established and ephemeral "drivers car" market owned by BMW.
Praying Jag ensures there is a decent, real Sport Package. That way all those looking for an average car that looks pretty & has the right name & wows the neighbors while sitting in the driveway can get what they want... and those who enjoy driving can get one that yearns to be driven and driven hard. Fair enough.
I can only hope Jag doesn't forget its sporting roots. Hope Jag Racing Green isn't turned into Key Lime Pie Green!!!
The sport Pkg will offer 17" low profile tires, a sport tuned suspention, DSC, perforated connolly hides for the seats, steering wheel and shift knob, and body colored moldings.
Eventually, most likely approx 18 months after introduction an "R" supercharged version with over 300HP will be introduced
I noticed that in the UK they offer 3 different shades of blue, but in the US there will only be one.
At first glance, I prefer the Titanium (charcoal gray) or Platinum (silver). It's usually hard to tell from pictures though---especially web photos.
Hmmm...3.0L supercharged Duratech...I wonder where else they could use that?
Again, I ask the question:
Should the new Jag be better or nostalgic?
I think they took the proper route.
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Well, they've got the look like a Jag, and from the pictures I've seen, the interior is definately Jaguar, so *if* it rides as well as a Jag and handles as well as a Jag, then why should it matter if they use parts from a Ford, Chevy, Hyundai, or whatever? Jag's been outsourcing parts for ages.
The web site colors are for demonstration only.
I'm sorry but the other poster was correct. Emerald is a dark green like BRG but metallic. It is not a light green. The only light green Jag offers is the mint green seafrost on the s-type. Although for an extra grand or so Jag will paint the car any color you want.
No major changes are planned for the 02 LS. There won't be a V8 manual for sure and I doubt if they'll change the V6 5-speed to a 6-speed. However, Lincoln is planning to build a "baby LS" similar to the x-type but NOT built on the mondeo platform. There are also rumours of a supercharged 3.0L duratech which could be used on the S-type, LS, X-type and baby LS in the future. Since the new mustang is being built on a shortened DEW98 platform that would be my guess for the baby LS platform as well. Both should handle great.
I am interested in learning more about the baby LS. Are there sites where you learned about this? It may bode well for the Mustang if Ford is thinking of a tweeking its platform to the point where it would be worthy of the Lincoln moniker.
Your information is correct on the Jag. pricing and appreciate your input. The "A" plan is 1.5% below and is for employees only, while the "X" plan is a derivative and spreads out to more groups, families, etc., and is indeed 2.5% over invoice, available only on the "S" and upcoming "X", but not on any other Jaguar products. This will give us something to work with when visiting the dealer and will see what works best. We have really been impressed with the "S" styling since the car was first announced and finally will be able to enjoy owning and driving one.