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The facelifted Jaguar XKR has been caught testing and is likely to have a 5.0-litre V8 engine
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11 June 2008

Our latest spy shots reveal the facelifted Jaguar XKR testing near the company’s engineering HQ at Gaydon, ahead of its debut at the Paris show in September. The subtly revised XKR is due to go on sale early in 2009, getting a new front bumper and revised air intakes positioned below the headlights. The rear bumper has also been redesigned and the car now gets LED taillights, which should give the rear of the car a far more modern look at night. Best of all, this facelifted XKR is sporting a new, modern ‘shark fin’ antenna for satnav and radio: forever banishing the old-school retractable aerial found on the original. The facelifted XKR is likely to get Jaguar’s new direct injection 5.0-litre V8 engine when it goes on sale.

Will Powell


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12 June 2008

I don't know quite what it is but the looks of the XK still leaves me cold. Maybe it's Jag's insistance on keeping the 'heritage' oval nose. It still looks old fashioned. I stress "looks" because I'm told it's a cracking good car.

13 June 2008

Well Soshko. lets look at you before we condemn the XK and it's 'suggested' facelift.

Are you younger than 40? What do you drive now? Do you have a degree in an Engineering/Art and/or Design based subject?

More importantly, do you like beans?

14 June 2008

'G' - I would be interested to see your comments on the following;

I was recently forced into the purchase of some Heinz Baked Beans in order to prepare an English breakfast.

These beans come with a large brand reputation and, to be fair, I felt very safe with the purchase. The ommission of beans would have rendered the dish incomplete, some people like to substitute baked beans for tinned plum tomatoes, I am flexible to such an arrangement and I cannot claim to be too bothered one way or the other.

My local supermarket, Sainsbury's, appears to have ceased stocking the king of beans, HP. and whilst my sausages, bacon, fried egg, black pudding, mushrooms and eggy bread were cooked to perfection, the dish was compromised by the addition of Heinz beans.

Predictably, the entire eating experience was ruined. The beans were watery and tasted rather tinny. The ensuing flactulence is, as always, a worry.

14 June 2008

Dear nom de plom,

Oh dear, yes, you poor chap! We have all fallen for the 'same as the real thing' scenario!But you have learned and lived to tell the tale. We called this 'Doing a Ginge' on our Squadron!

The American Gentleman, Harold Poppermier, introduced them to Great Britain in 1879 (Hence HP) but failed to initially take to the British pallet until it was allowed to roll onto the servants floor, then it took. This caused many problems as many of those in service at the turn of the 20th Century, unfortunately flatulated at the most inopportune times, causing them to be flogged buy the bus boy, then thrown bodily into the street only to live their remaining years in the workhouse, supplying their bodily gas for the lighting. Then when electricity came along they were 'hoiked' out of there.

Many ended up begging for beans, only to be disappointed when they were given gold soveriegns to have a bath and buy new clothing. It never occurred to them that they could buy beans, a side effect of over consumption of beans. Stupidity. Hence 'Mio'.

In 1938 the British Military added them to their composite rations in readiness for the up and coming WW1 part 2. When the war ended beans had become the staple diet of the British. in 1962 throught to 1977 beans on toasts was the favouite meal of down and outs, and University students. The rest is history.

My preference is also HP, but will accept Hienze if not avilable. The lastest addition Branston is also acceptable, but not preferential over the other two favourites.

I hope this helps in you next Great British Fry-Up!

Slap it on!!!


14 June 2008

What a hugely personal remark and more rubbish from the Autocar cabal. Is your aim to ruin this site completely ?[quote Stephen Guckel]

Well Soshko. lets look at you before we condemn the XK and it's 'suggested' facelift.

Are you younger than 40? What do you drive now? Do you have a degree in an Engineering/Art and/or Design based subject?


14 June 2008

[quote Nigel Evans]What a hugely personal remark and more rubbish from the Autocar cabal. Is your aim to ruin this site completely ?[quote Stephen Guckel]


'Nige' my old buddy, my old mucker,

We all thought that was your role here, a role you selected for yourself and that we all endorse thoroughly. For a 'gentleman' that expends the effort you do on insulting all and sundry around you while attempting to police the masses, the ironic nature of your comments continue to amuse and delight in equal measure.

It was interesting to note that your recent absence from the forum resulted in a relaxed environment free from your particular brand of anal introspection.

Welcome back old bean.

Meet the new Plum, same as the old Plum.

14 June 2008

I hate those 'beans with bacon' rations, they bloody well clog you up and when you eventually have a bowel movement, it's akin to passing coal. I say coal because they dig coal up that's been underground for less time that the contents of the bowl thereafter.

Pass the anusol.

14 June 2008

[quote nom de plum]For a 'gentleman' that expends the effort you do on insulting all and sundry around you while attempting to police the masses[/quote] Nope. I have not done any such thing. The reality is actually different to the way you are so keen to portray it. Do you think that I could ask you to carefully look at what has been written before you blast off your ripostes ? What I said is actually true of Stephen. A chap pops in to make a comment about a Jag and then Stephen makes a post about looking at him first and his age and experience. Is that not a personal (and actually irrelevant) remark ? Don't take things so personally ! Be calm ! Life's really not that serious.

14 June 2008

We've all got our 'Nige' favorites, here are some of mine before we put this to bed in no particular order;

'especially "Nom de plum" who was banned by Autocar but who's damaged little ego could not help but come back and keep going. I predict another 3 pages after this post. Sit back and watch. Fetch !'

' you think you might disguise your miserable outlook on life and stupidity for one minute ? Just mask it and read the following. Have a look at the category in which the joke was posted. ANY OTHER BUSINESS. DUUUH.'

'You know, its quite ironic. Captain Paranoia, Scummyplum, hasn't seen what has been going on here.'

'I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like... victory. Someday this war's gonna end...'

'The earlier reference to is a website that was designed for him. Badger, badger, badger. Or at least, that is the case as I write.'

'At least, if I have, hardly anything appears to have sunk in to your muddled loaf of an uneducated yobbo brain.'

'Preposterous and condescending post, Spec B.'

'Let them eat cake'


There may be a couple of red herrings in there.


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