Jaguar Develops New ‘Special Operations’ Division

jag logoJaguar and Land Rover have created a special team that takes the already impressive vehicles available and turns them into road-tearing performance machines.  The first three of these vehicles were recently introduced at Pebble Beach as part of Monterey Car Week.

The first vehicle revealed was the Range Rover Sport SVR.  This is now the most powerful Land Rover ever created. It is a formidable SUV that packs 550 horses under the hood and gets from 0-60 mph in a mere 4.8 seconds.   It is powered by a re-vamped 8-speed transmission and the suspension and framework have been modified to handle the new top road speeds.

In the spirit of pushing the speed barriers, the other two cars debuted are some of the fastest luxury sports models ever made.  Their highly popular and much anticipated F-Type convertible has been reworked into the F-Type Project 7.  It is proclaimed as a marriage between the sleek look of the classic Jaguar D-Type with the technology and materials of today.  It will have a powerful 5.0 L V8 engine.  The horsepower tips the scales at 575 and it is the most powerful Jaguar to date.  Only 250 of these specially designed Project 7 vehicles will be made.

The other Special Operations Division sport car released is a new lightweight Jaguar E-Type. This vehicle is a unique car collector’s dream, since only six of them are being made.  There is a lot of history associated with the E-Type as well. The original order of 18 vehicles stopped production at only 12 cars and the chassis stayed in storage, waiting to be built.

The original E-Type has been included on lists such as “One of the Top 100 Most Beautiful Cars” by the Daily Telegraph in 2008 and as the number one “Top Sports Cars of the 1960’s” by Sports Car International in 2004.  The Special Operations Division has resurrected the old E-types and has made some modern-day tweaks to make them one of the most anticipated cars ever to be released.

Elmhurst Jaguar eagerly awaits the arrival of one of these limited edition vehicles in our area, and we will keep you informed on how you can get your hands on one.  Come by our showroom and see the inspiration for these Special Operations Division creations.

Top 5 Ice Cream Shops in Elmhurst

ice cream elmhurstThe summer is winding down and making way for the fall season.  However, it’s not too late to do some warm-weather activities such as enjoying ice cream! Elmhurst Jaguar is sharing a list of our top 5 favorite ice cream and frozen yogurt shops in Elmhurst, IL for you and your friends and family to enjoy.

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1. TCBY

158 N York St
Elmhurst, IL 60126

 

The iconic frozen yogurt chain landed a store right near us to enjoy.  It’s a great place to serve up a bowl or a cone and add all the toppings you want.  Their newest flavor? Piggies’ Sour Apple Sorbet.

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2. Yogen Fruz

275 N York Rd
Elmhurst, IL 60126

 

 

Yogen Fruz is another great option for frozen yogurt.  It has self-serve or staff-mixed options of variety of frozen concoctions.  Many customers rave about the tasty fresh fruit topping options.

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3. Cocomero

151 N York St
Elmhurst, IL 60126

 

 

This frozen yogurt establishment comes with some unique options. Along with a wide selection of frozen yogurt toppings, people keep going back for the Cocomero Bubbly tea drinks and the Korean shaved iced.

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4. Oberweis Ice Cream & Dairy Store

1018-20 S York Rd
Elmhurst, IL 60126

 

 

The Oberweis company has been around since 1951 and they are still going strong.  Old fashioned ice cream is served up in their store along with a wide variety of other milk-based goodies.  This is the place to go for traditional goodness and some great hospitality.

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5. Brain Freeze

110 W Park Ave                                         Elmhurst, IL 60126

 

This family-owned business in our neighborhood is a place that customers prefer for good ice cream with generous portions for the price. They are also known for their signature drink: The Brain Freeze.

There are many options to choose from when it comes to frozen treats in our area. Try taking the new F-Type convertible from Elmhurst Jaguar to one of these great ice cream stops! Visit us at Elmhurst Jaguar for a great selection of new and used Jaguar vehicles ready for a summer cruise.

First Look at the 2016 Jaguar XE

jaguar XEJaguar is barreling ahead at full speed with the release of many amazing cars. We already have the Jaguar F-Type convertible and we are making room to receive the F-Type coupe very soon. If that wasn’t enough excitement, Elmhurst Jaguar is excited to share the news of the first official photo of the 2016 Jaguar XE.

The photo shows the front of a Jaguar XE emerging from a garage with recording artist and songwriter Emeli Sandé walking along the side of it.  The bold red color and eye-catching front end grabs your attention…and then leaves you wanting more.

The concept for the XE was in response to the challenge of fitting into the compact sports sedan market. This has been largely dominated in the past by companies such as BMW and Mercedes. Those companies need to make room for the next powerhouse.

The XE will be offered as a 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder vehicle, getting up to 380 hp. The 2.0 cylinder version will be getting the benefits of turbo charged power behind it. The most unique feature of this particular Jag will be its design materials.

The body of the XE will be made of specialized aluminum, which has many benefits.  In fact, at least 75 percent of the body will be made of this material. The aluminum keeps the car rigid, which makes it have more precised maneuverability, especially around curves. It is also extremely strong, as the XE has a high crash-safety test rating.

The aluminum is held together by adhesives and rivets that are seen in a few other Jaguar models and are inspired by aerospace technology.

Jaguar is also keeping efficiency and the environment in mind. The lightweight aluminum ensures that the XE is as energy efficient as possible and a large majority of the aluminum is made of recycled stock.

The 2016 Jaguar XE is expected to be officially unveiled in London sometime duringSeptember.  Elmhurst Jaguar will keep you updated on the release of the highly anticipated Jaguar XE.  To see the first picture of the XE, visit the Jaguar Media Centre.

Jaguar Remains a Leader in Style

jaguar f typeEvery company has a niche that they strive to fit into.  If you are shopping for a new vehicle, what you intend to get out of the vehicle on a daily basis can steer you towards one manufacturer or another.  Many vehicles out there feature the latest in performance and safety.  Many more have impressive technology and are manufactured with the best of materials.

Now Jaguar brings all of those features and more in the F-Type while being one of the most sleek and stylish vehicles to drive.  Elmhurst Jaguar can attest that you will need more than just a casual glance when you see this machine.

The F-Type has proven itself time and time again that it can match the leaders in performance and handling.  One of the latest examples of that was its impressive presence at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.  The car has also already received many coveted awards, such as being among Edmunds.com “Top Rated Vehicles” and named as “2014 Most Popular Premium Sports Car”.  But Jaguar is has designed the F-Type to stand out as the most desirable looking sports car on the market.

The Jaguar F-type has been compared to the Porsche 911, which is a compliment seeing how popular the 911 has been in the past. But it’s time for Porsche to make room for the next generation in stylish vehicles.  BMW has some sleek looking vehicles, but they are bogged down with technology that takes away from what makes a sports car worth driving.  Jaguar takes everything you want in the leading sports vehicles and packed it into the enticing F-Type.

To further emphasize the advanced and unique style concept with the F-Type, Jaguar has presented the break-through sports car at events that are not all about cars.  Recently, the F-Type was used as inspiration for items created at the Milan Design week.  There has also been a special F-Type designed solely for use at the Tour de France.  It may not be a car race, but it is one of the biggest races in the world.  Jaguar is the vehicle sponsor for Team Sky and is using its bicycle-friendly designed F-Type to pace the cyclists through parts of the race.  These are just some of the examples of how Jaguar is letting the world know the F-Type is powerful, reliable and deviously attractive.

The car to back up this claim is here for you to drive.  The convertible version is waiting for you at Elmhurst Jaguar and the coupe F-Type is on the way.

Best Car Waxing Techniques

car waxing tipsAt Elmhurst Jaguar, we make sure when you take your new Jaguar home, it is perfectly clean and shiny.  There is no better feeling than looking at that shiny F-Type or 2014 Jaguar XK parked in your driveway.  Waxing a car is definitely hard work, but it is well worth it in the end. We’ve gathered a few tips to help you wax your vehicle properly.

A freshly waxed car makes it eye-catching and it also protects the car’s finish.  To start a good wax, you need to give your Jaguar a thorough wash.  The next step is to put the car in a cool shady area. If you do not have a garage or car port available, try to find a large tree to temporarily park under.

Make sure you have a good supply of micro fiber towels handy for washing and waxing.  It is a personal preference whether you choose to get a paste wax or a liquid wax product and almost any car wash soap will suffice. Wash your car from top to bottom and be sure to dry with a micro fiber cloth.  Waxing a dirty car can ruin the finish.

Once your car is completely clean and dry, apply your wax to one small section of your car.  Applying a significant amount to a larger area may mean the wax will dry too much before you can buff it in.  Rub a thing layer of the wax in small circles, changing cloths as needed.

After you have finished smoothing the wax onto one section, change towels and buff off any wax residue still visible.  Move on to the next section, repeating the process. This will take time and may not be possible to finish in one day.

Professionals tend to apply more than one layer of wax.  If you choose to do this, make sure the first layer is completely dry and that your wax does not contain a cleaner in it.  Using a wax with cleaner can take away the wax layer you just put on.

Most wax products recommend reapplying a layer every three or four months, but there is really no such thing as too much waxing.  Waxing at home can be made easier by using an electric buffer rather than applying by hand.

If all this sounds great but you don’t have the time to wax your Jaguar yourself, no problem! Feel free to contact our service department.  We offer complete car cleaning and detailing, including waxing.  Check Elmhurst Jaguar’s service page for car spa specials.

Introducing The Powerful F-Type S

jaguar f type sThe Jaguar F-Type has made its name in a market dominated by many choices of luxury sport vehicles.  It has the style and comfort department covered and it most definitely has the power craved by Jaguar enthusiasts.

The nostalgic design, inspired by the Jaguar D-type from the 1950’s, created a machine that catches the eye of everyone it meets.  They look outstanding in our showroom here at Elmhurst Jaguar, although they don’t stay very long.

The F-Type convertibles are available now, but we are making room for the F-Type coupes that are expected to arrive soon.  The coupe version of the popular F-Type is just as powerful as the first-released convertible, and the F-Type S is a force to be reckoned with.

The F-Type S was designed as a sport’s car first with luxury added in.  The standard engine is a Supercharged 380 hp V6 with a top speed of 171 mph.  It sits on 19 inch Propeller alloy wheels that carry your F-Type from 0-60 mph in a mere 4.8 seconds.  All of this power and the F-Type S still gets an astounding 27 mpg.

You can also choose to get the Supercharged V8 with a QuickShift automatic transmission.  This adds a couple more cylinders, which moves the F-Type S to top speeds of 186 mph and a leap up to 495 hp.  The V8 F-Type S still gets great fuel economy at 23 mpg.

Whether you choose to come and get your F-Type S convertible now or hold off until we get the first F-Type coupes, you will be given many options to make your new Jag your own.  There are plenty of features that already come standard, such as a high performance braking system and a switch to activate the Dynamic mode.

The Dynamic mode calibrates the vehicle’s response systems, such as the throttle, gear shifts and suspension, at higher engine speeds to help keep all that power under control.  Limited slip differential also comes standard to help keep the F-Type S steady around curves and in less-than-ideal driving conditions.

All these features and more are available with the F-Type S from Elmhurst Jaguar.  There has never been a better time to test drive the sports vehicle of your dreams.

LA Times Features Jaguar F-Type with Enthusiastic Review

elmhurst jaguar-jaguar f-type A recent article in the LA Times featured the 2015 Jaguar F-Type coupe along with a test-driver perspective review.  The review is nothing that we haven’t heard before here at Elmhurst Jaguar, but we still love hearing it…the F-Type is sleek, powerful and sexy.

The article tells of a car that stands out in an auto niche that is largely dominated by vehicles like the Porsche.  It is true that a large amount of Jaguar drivers today have been loyal Jaguar drivers in the past, or know someone directly who had a Jaguar at some time. While Jaguar appreciates and thrives on brand loyalty, it is time to release a vehicle on the streets that catches the eye of drivers everywhere.

The F-Type convertible has already been met with enthusiastic reviews and initial orders speak of the amazing start of a new era.  Naturally, the next step was to bring out the hard-top version of this classic-feeling road machine.

Take a trip down memory lane and recall the shiver that ran down your spine at seeing the Jaguar D-Type speed around the track.  It is something that became what many still think of as the “Jaguar look”.  Designers came up with the F-Type by tapping into the features that made the D-Type so popular and desirable and added in all the modern day tweaks that new generations are looking for.

All the power expected from a Jag are still there, with a 340 hp, 3.0 L V6 that comes standard.  Of course you could always choose to go with the 5.0 L V8 with 496 hp.  Either way, sitting behind the wheel will be a ride on the luxurious side.

Optional features include dual climate control, configurable ambient interior lighting, a beautiful panoramic glass roof, and even a switch of the exhaust configuration to let that intimidating-sounding engine be heard even more.

You can be sure that not long after the F-Type coupe starts arriving here at Elmhurst Jaguar, you will be seeing more articles about the Jaguar everyone wants to drive.  This is just the beginning of the revolution.

Jaguar F-Type Convertible vs. Coupe

jaguar f typeThe release of Jaguar’s new front runner last year was a convertible.  The F-Type first hit the streets with a soft top, appealing to the fair-weather luxury drivers that demand a car that is as powerful as it is stylish.  What comes next is a hard-topped version of the vehicle that has classic car enthusiasts reminiscing of Jaguar’s glory days and drivers of modern sports luxury cars standing up and taking notice.  Here at Elmhurst Jaguar we are anxious to have it front and center in our showroom.

The base model of the Jaguar F-Type coupe is similar to the previously released convertible.  It starts with a 340 horse power 3.0 liter super charged V6 engine.  If you upgrade to an F-Type S that bumps the horse power up to 380 and shaves off a little time reaching 60 mph.

There is a big difference in the F-Type R from the other F-Types.  The power in this coupe is charged up significantly.  With an F-Type R you will be in control of a 550 horsepower, 5.0 liter V8 engine that will get you cruising at 60 mph in a mere 4 seconds.

The engineers at Jaguar took the chassis of the convertible and made it about 80 percent more rigid in the coupe, making this extra power easier to manage.  Having a hard top also makes your ride a lot quieter, since all that power makes itself heard.

The coupe has a very appealing option of turning that hard top into a panoramic window.  With this upgrade, you can leave the shade open and have the same feel of a convertible without all the wind.  The aerodynamics are optimized by the F-Type’s sleek and sensual body lines, ending at a tail end that will have people doing a double take as you drive by.

The front is wide with the classic cat-eye lights that can be upgraded to Adaptive High Beams that adjust to your driving to maximize safety at night.  The door handles actually recess automatically into the door to take the aerodynamics a step further.   To top off all the great features of the F-Type coupe is the fact that a coupe will cost you several thousands less than its convertible equivalent.

The F-Type coupe won’t be out until spring of next year, but until then come by Elmhurst Jaguar and check out the F-Type convertible and see which one is the best vehicle for you.

Jaguar Convertible Gains Popularity in South Africa

jaguar f type coupeTemperatures are on the rise here in the Elmhurst area, but the opposite is happening in South Africa.  The coldest days of the year are starting up now, so you would think that soft-top vehicle sales might start to decline. That may be true…for Jaguar’s competitors.  Sales of the new Jaguar F-Type are climbing and many of them are the convertible version of the sleek and stylish new powerhouse. We here at Elmhurst Jaguar understand how much there is to love about the Jaguar F-Type.

The numbers are showing that despite the overall slump in vehicle sales, wealthy South Africans still want the best of the best. The new Jaguar F-Type seems to be the vehicle of choice.

In the past nine months, Jaguar has sold more convertible luxury vehicles than anyone else in South Africa.  Worldwide, Jaguar sales are up over nineteen percent.  It’s no wonder the F-Type is being snatched off showroom floors.  Standard features include a 360 hp V6 Supercharged engine with speeds reaching up to 171 mph, Jaguar’s High Performance Braking system with stylish brake calipers, and an Active Sport Exhaust. It also has a limited slip differential, a Sport Suspension with Adaptive Dynamics and the interior of the car is customized with your choice of five ambient light colors.

Just because the weather isn’t ideal for a top-down ride through the countryside doesn’t mean that the F-Type is an impractical vehicle.  It sits on sturdy 19 inch Propeller alloy wheels and has features like electric folding heated mirrors to beat the winter blues and wait for the perfect day to really enjoy it the way it was meant to be…topless.

With sales on the F-Type convertible continuing to increase, Jaguar expects to see similar or even better results when the F-Type Coupe is released into the South African auto market.

The 2015 F-Type Coupe is available now at Elmhurst Jaguar. We recently held a celebration for the most anticipated car to arrive at our location in a long time.  On June 28th shoppers had the opportunity to test drive a new F-Type while being served refreshments.  We had a great time. Don’t worry if you missed it. You can still stop over and learn more about the new F-Type Coupe or show for other Jaguar models.

Ultimate Jaguar Unleashed at GoodWood Festival of Speed

jaguar project 7Speculation as to which secret vehicle Jaguar was bringing to the table at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed leaned towards a super-charged limited edition F-Type.  It indeed turned out to be such a vehicle, but it was also much more than we were hoping for here at Elmhurst Jaguar.  The Project 7 Jaguar F-Type is everything you can want in the highly anticipated F-Type with even more muscle and style added in.

The F-Type concept car was originally revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2013.  Designs for that vehicle skimmed off the models of the legendary D-Type Jaguars.  The designers at Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations division grabbed the F-Type that will soon be arriving to dealerships in the United States and added twenty-five more horsepower and an even more retro look.

The limited edition Project 7 version of the F-Type will have a 5.0-L V8 engine with a whopping 575 horsepower.  This means this F-Type convertible will go from 0-60mph in only 3.8 seconds. The top speed is capped at 186 mph.  If you crunch the numbers, it’s possible to reach the electronically determined top speed in about twelve seconds.

The speed is helped by lightening up the vehicle using increasingly popular carbon fiber components for the front splitter, the rear diffuser and the side skirts.  Designers also shortened the windscreen from the original F-Type models.  There have also been some tweaks to the chassis and carbon-cermic brakes are used to help keep this beast in control.  While this Project 7 F-Type from Jaguar is totally road legal, a five-point racing harness is an available option and may be a good idea since this is the most powerful Jaguar ever created.

Only 250 of these vehicles are being made by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations division and getting hold of one will be tricky.  If one makes its way to the area, Elmhurst Jaguar will make sure you know of it.  The official numbers from the Goodwood Festival of Speed are still coming in, but for up-to-date information about the event where the newest Jaguar has made its entrance, visit Goodwood Festival of Speed.