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January 15, 2007

Wait until you get to my teeth


Bond: You'll kill 60,000 people uselessly.
Goldfinger: Hahah. American motorists kill that many every two years.

Unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit: the Jaguar C-XF Concept. It is a beauty. The lads at the engineering centre in Coventry were obviously given a brief with the word "cat" featured somewhere prominently. MI6 has been tipped this is the model set to replace the Aston Martin DBS as Daniel Craig's motor in James Bond 22.

MI6 understands that Ford is lining up Jaguar as Bond's next marque. Despite the film being in the early stages of script development by regular scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, MI6 has been tipped off that the new Jaguar XF model - also due out in 2008 - is being groomed for 007. Jaguar recently unveiled the "C-XF" concept car at the press preview of the Detroit Motor Show this weekend. The C-XF is tipped as a preview to the new XF four-door sedan which is being shrouded in secrecy and will not be publicly unveiled until the Frankfurt auto show in September.

Positioned in the luxury mid-size segment, the new Jaguar XF will replace the S-TYPE saloon in the Jaguar model line-up. Designed and developed at Jaguar's Product Development Centre at Whitley in Coventry, UK, the new Jaguar XF will be built at Jaguar's Advanced Manufacturing Centre at Castle Bromwich in Birmingham, UK.

All very interesting. Though reading between the lines of the Jaguar publicity package MI6 has republished, and judging by the look of the beast, the XF strikes me as a better replacement for the XK than the S-Type. I notice the concept drops the "R" designation the turbocharged versions of the two earlier models... perhaps Ford's Q Branch has decided to include this gadget as standard.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 15, 2007 09:27 AM