Jaguar Rental Los Angeles
Jaguar is a respected British automaker that knows how to blend sportiness with sophistication. That is because it is something they have been doing for years now, which means that they have more experience combining those two qualities than practically any other automaker on the planet.
Their sports cars have more than a touch of elegance, while their luxury cars provide more driving excitement than the majority of similar vehicles on the road. If you want to experience Jaguar’s signature blend of style and elan, then contact Lion Heart Lifestyle to get behind the wheel of an automotive legend.
History of Jaguar
It may seem hard to believe now, but Jaguar did not start out making cars, they actually started out making sidecars. That’s right, for motorcycles, they didn’t even make complete vehicles. The company was founded in 1922 and was originally called the Swallow Sidecar Company. In 1934, one of the company’s co-founders, William Lyons, formed S.S. Cars Limited from the ashes of the previous sidecar company. As the name suggests, this new company was dedicated to designing and manufacturing complete automobiles.
On March of 1945, the shareholders of the company collectively agreed to change the name of the company to Jaguar. The reasoning was that Jaguar was a more distinctive name which is true, but considering the year, it was perhaps a good idea that the company got rid of the S. S. initials. The advent of World War 2 meant that steel was strictly rationed and in short supply. That meant manufacturing was limited, but also that demand for Jaguar vehicles grew and grew.
During the 1950s, Jaguar got down to the business of making sports cars, with the XK120, XK140, XK150, and, most notably the E-Type. The Jaguar E-Type would go on to become one of the most famous and most desirable sports cars of all time. Over the years, Jaguar would lose its independence and fall under the ownership of different companies. The Ford Motor Company bought it in 1999 before selling it to the Indian company Tata Motors in 2008. Tata Motors also bought the Land Rover company and combined both to create Jaguar Land Rover Limited, which is the current incarnation of the company.
Over the years, Jaguar created many exciting automobiles that were ahead of the curve. The E-Type—known as the XKE in America—was already mentioned here, but it deserves to be mentioned again because its sleek design is both timeless and ahead of its time. Upon its release in March of 1961, the E-Type featured a series of innovations that would go on to change the automotive world forever. It featured rack and pinion steering, independent front and rear suspension, disc brakes, monocoque construction, and a top speed of 150 MPH. And it had looks to die for.
No less than an automotive luminary than Enzo Ferrari proclaimed that it was the most beautiful car ever made. During this time period, Jaguar also produced some other legendary autos like the XK120 and the Mark VII. That was not the last time they would set the automotive world on fire. In 1992, they created the Jaguar XJ220, which, at the time, was the fastest production car in the world. It was capable of reaching 217 MPH and could go from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.8 seconds. Unfortunately, it did not sell well, partially because of the global recession at the time. Even though it sold poorly, the XJ220 was a great example of Jaguar’s commitment to pushing the automotive envelope.
Current Jaguar Models
Jaguar didn’t stop making great autos in the 1990s, they are still making some of the best cars on the road and these are the ones available to rent from Lion Heart Lifestyle.
Jaguar XKR -S
This model of Jaguar is no longer made since it has been superseded by the other vehicle available to rent from Lion Heart Lifestyle. Don’t think that means that the XKR-S is obsolete though, it can still outpace most modern performance cars. The S stands for supercharged, which should give you a good idea of what to expect. The XKR-S is a big upgrade over the standard XKR with an increase in horsepower to 542 and a top speed that is limited to 186 MPH.
It got some upgrades on the outside as well, with a new nose, a new spoiler, and other aerodynamic features that help the XKR-S to cut through the air more efficiently than the old model. Once you drive it, you would never realize that this is an outdated vehicle, it feels more alive and active than most new cars. It has a ferocious acceleration that will have you brushing up against the speed limit before you know it. Fortunately, the tight handling helps you to harness all of that power and allows it to handle sharp corners almost as easily as it handles long straights. The XKR-S was the swan song for the XK series, but it’s nice to know that it went out in style.
You can figure out by the name that the F-Type is the spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type. The F-Type also replaced the XK series, and while you might miss those late, lamented vehicles, the fact that their replacement is this good helps to ease the pain. The XK models were handsome, sleek-looking vehicles, but the F-Type is somehow even better looking. It is shorter and more compact than the previous XK models, which gives it a look that is aggressive as it is stylish. The F-Type is a serious head-turner. The F-Type launched as a convertible, but the coupe model that came later is arguably even better looking.
Jaguar doesn’t just want this to be their flagship sports coupe, they want it to be the flagship sports coupe. As a result, the F-Type is not exactly light on engine and handling options. There is the standard four-cylinder, which outputs 296 HP, so it’s no slouch. But if you want really serious performance, then you need to start with the V6 engine options, which give you 335 HP, 375 HP, and 395 HP. If you want even more vroom, then there is the F-Type R and the F-Type SVR; both have V8 engines which produce 542 HP and 567 HP respectively, and they’re all-wheel drive to boot.
Naturally, the SVR is the highest performing version, but the other models offer a lot of driving excitement as well. The metal roof of the coupes improves their handling acumen, so they all feel firmer and planted compared to the convertible. The inside maintains the sporting character of the F-Type while also being comfortable and well-designed. The E-Type is deservedly a motoring legend, but the F-Type is well on its way to matching that vehicle’s illustrious status.
Take a Ride in a Jaguar Today
These sporty Jags will get you where you need to go fast and in style. So you will be fashionably early or fashionably late, but only if you decide to take the scenic route so that you can spend more quality time with the Jaguar. Whoever is waiting for you will understand. It doesn’t matter if you choose the XKR-S or the F-Type for your Jaguar rental in Los Angeles, you will have a blast either way.