Jaguar is now taking orders for the F-TYPE SVR that is said to be “lighter, quicker, faster and more powerful while remaining tractable and useable day-to-day.” It sports a 5.0-liter, 575 horsepower V8 with more torque at 516 lb-ft and a top speed of 200 mph for the coupe and a 0-60 run of just 3.5 seconds according to Jaguar. The suspension on the SVR has been tightened up over the F-TYPE and an eight speed automatic transmission will be standard equipment. Both a coupe and convertible will be offered with prices starting at about $126,000 for the coupe and $3K more for the convertible. It already has been dubbed “the fastest cat in the world.”
Volvo is definitely on the rebound. The Sweden based, Chinese owned auto maker has tripled its operating earnings thanks in part to strong demand for its XC90 model. In an effort to gain market share over rivals, Volvo today announced a wagon version, yes a wagon (!) version, of the top-of-the-line S90 sedan to be known as the V90. It will carry on a tradition started in 1953. “While the Volvo brand today stands for more than estates, we are proud to carry forward this rich heritage with the V90,” said Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo’s president. What we call wagons are estates in Europe. Look for it, with a long list of safety features, to hit this market in 2018 perhaps in front drive and all-wheel drive configurations. Safety features include Volvo’s Pilot Assist with large animal detection and run-off road mitigation. A supercharged and turbocharged in-line four will be the top performance model with 320 horsepower and a 0-60 run of 5.2 seconds Volvo claims. It certainly will be interesting to see how the wagon will sell in SUV and CUV crazy America.
Toyota is recalling more than 1.1 million RAV4 models to repair second row seat belts that might come in contact with a metal seat cushion frame and fail in a severe frontal crash. Dealers will add a plastic cover over the metal frame. Involved in the recall are RAV’s sold from 2005 through 2014 including electric models.
Ford is offering a winter tire kit to customers of the new all-wheel drive and very hot Focus RS. This is said to be the first time that an original equipment maker is making a check-the-box winter tire option available in North America. The combination of 225/40R18 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 tires mounted on 18 x 7.5 inch wheels has been tested from northern Michigan to Sweden. It is a dealer installed option priced at $1,995.