FrontRunners: New and Improved

By that same quirk of time that seems to improve spaghetti sauce and lost love, an initially competent automobile is typically much better the second time around. Such is the case with the new Jaguar X-Type sedan (www.jaguar.com), which has arrived after several years of what one British engineering executive described as “much beavering away in back rooms.”

More than 1,000 bits and burnishings (1,018 to be precise) have been changed or added by that beavering to make the car feel more like a Jaguar. The 227 hp, 3-liter X-Type is a pleasant sedan that hungers to be pushed. It may not have quite the snarl and punch of the rest of the family, but there is certainly enough feral feel in this little Jaguar to satisfy the tomcat in all of us. 

Photo by ALPINA Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH + Co. KG
The refreshed coupe turned heads at the New York International Auto Show...
With Formula-1 aerodynamics and a powerful engine, this so-called “daily driver” offers flagship-...
The all-electric vehicle’s design is just practical enough to inspire hopes of production…
Photo by Tom Ziora
Truly a road-going racecar, we spent some quality time behind the wheel of the Mono…
An improved power-to-weight ratio allows the car to reach a top speed of 217 mph…
Photo by Michael Furman
Vintage Porsches are ascending to new heights among collectors...
McLaren, Rolls-Royce, Porsche, Cadillac, and Lincoln, among others, made stunning showings…
The $100,000 cruiser is tricked out with carbon fiber and solid performance for an electric two-...
With a turbocharged engine and three electric motors, the new NSX will challenge the top models...
Photo by Mercedes-Benz USA
AMG GLE63 Coupe and AMG GLE450 Coupe boast impressive acceleration times…