This week’s Autocar, dated 7 August 2013, includes a star-spangled line-up of British heavy metal, the likes of which you’ll usually only find at a rock festival in a muddy field somewhere in the Midlands.
Warming things up is an update on the oft-rumoured Jaguar crossover. Autocar has learned that the potentially money-spinning model has been given the green light by JLR bigwigs. There are hopes that it could do for Jag what the Evoque has done for Land Rover, changing perceptions of the company and selling in substantial volumes. There’s also news of another secret Jaguar that’s under consideration.
Second on the bill is a drive in the unhinged Jaguar F-type Project 7. Effectively a ‘skunkworks’ development car, it points the way towards an extreme F-type R model that is set to arrive towards the end of the year.
Next, Matt Prior gets physical with the mighty, Aussie-bred Vauxhall VXR8. Although it may not feel as sophisticated as German rivals such as the BMW M5, it is an absolute belter to drive and doesn’t want for power or attitude.