Jaguar Cars is a large British luxury car company, based in Coventry, England. Jaguar is responsible for making many famous and iconic cars such as the Jaguar E-Type, Jaguar XJ, Jaguar XK and Jaguar XK120. It is currently a subsidiary of Indian company Tata Motors Ltd. and part of the Jaguar Land Rover business.
Cars on Top Gear
Jaguar today makes several luxury cars that have been featured on Top Gear. In Series Two Episode 4, the Jaguar R Coupe was reviewed as well as the Jaguar XKR coupe. In Series 3 Episode 3, the Jaguar XJ6 saloon was reviewed and during Series 4, the XK-R sports coupe, XJS coupe and X-Type Estate were all reviewed on the show.
In Series 8, Jeremy Clarkson reviewed the second-generation Jaguar XK against the Mercedes-Benz CLK and BMW 6-Series and found the Jaguar was a far better (and better looking) car then its German counterparts. In the next series, the same car was reviewed alongside the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and in Series 10 Jeremy Clarkson reviewed the Jaguar XF, claiming it to be 'as good as' a BMW M5.
In Episode 4 of Series 17, Jeremy Clarkson test drives the Jaguar XKR-S, while he found the car wild and exciting, Clarkson did not appreciate the car's looks (which he called "rather disapproving"), harsh ride, and outrageous price. He than pitted it against the 2011 Nissan GT-R R35, and found out that the GT-R is superior in nearly every single way. In the end he reached the conclusion: "Why buy a brogue that has been converted into a training shoe, when for much less you can get something that is designed to be a training shoe in the first place?"
Later in the same episode, the three hosts attempted to convert a red Jaguar XJ-S Convertible into a railway locomotive. While the XJ-S was capable of running on rails, its RWD layout and lack of torque prevented it from pulling the 4 caravan train carriages built by the hosts. Clarkson insisted that there's nothing wrong with the XJ-S and the correct solution is to just have one carriage for speed purposes, May and Hammond opposed his ideas. So Clarkson took the XJ-S for himself and crafted the "TGV-12" (a.k.a the Sports Train) with it. The XJ-S and its single carriage has been put on display in the Top Gear Studio ever since.
In Episode 3 of Series 20, the Stig was given a blue Jaguar XKR-S Convertible to set a lap time around the Madrid street circuit which Clarkson, May and Hammond will attempt to beat in their "budget" supercars. After several attempts, Clarkson managed to beat the Stig's record but the tame racing driver managed to beat Jezza's time in hist second attempt.
Many older Jaguars have made appearances on the show, with the XK120 participating in and winning the special Race to the North and the Jaguar E-Type has also been reviewed on the show. The Jaguar XJ also won the Top Gear Ownership survey in 2003.
Cars on The Grand Tour
In Series 1, Episode 12, Hammond opted for a Jaguar F-Pace S in the hosts' road trip in Germany and Austria.In Series 2 of the show, A blue Jaguar F-Type 2.0 (Wikipedia claims it to be a 3.0 liter R-Dynamic Coupé but Jeremy has stated that it's a 2.0 liter in Episode 3 Series 2) was used for celebrities to race against each other in the Celebrity Face Off section.