• Aug 22nd 2007 at 12:30PM
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Shot removed at request of Jaguar

After a lengthy investigation, we've traced this clear shot of the production Jaguar XF back to Road and Track's website. The buff book's digital division published an article online titled "Top 20 New Cars for 2008". One of those cars is the Jaguar XF, and Road and Track, which we're suspecting already has its hands on a boat load of long-lead press shots, decided to publish one for the people ahead of the vehicle's official debut later this month. We'd link to the article for you, but that would only encourage this kind of behavior.

The profile shot gives us a nice view from which to compare what's changed on this car's relatively short path from concept to production. For starters, the production car has the corporate fender vents found on nearly all Jags rather than the stylized vents from the concept. The wheels also appear to be the same ones we saw in our last batch of spy shots that revealed the car's naked arse. From the side, those taillights look like they were directly ported from the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, as well.

Though we can see a bit of the face here, it's tough to tell whether we like it or not. The concept has been largely toned down, with the car exhibiting proper real world proportions, functional door handles and the like. Was the essence of the C-XF Concept preserved? We'll find out later this month when Jag officially hands over the goods.

[Source: Road and Track via Jaguarmania via Motor Authority]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I didn;t get a chance to see the spy shot b4 they removed it, I hope u r all over reacting and it isn't that bad. If it is, OMG I hate Ford so much...they have killed or hacked to death every awesome Jag concept that has come out since ownership began...Ford, I pray you go out of business and spare us in the USA anymore of your bull$h*t...
        • 8 Years Ago
        Jaguar runs itself. Don't blame Ford.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like what a Jaguar should be. Modern, lithe, gorgeous.
      Pace and Grace indeed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Supposedly you do not want to encourage leaking photos of cars before the official launch. Yet you published this story, told us where one could find more details and also showed the photo in question until Jaguar had you remove it. Talk about double standards!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess Jaguar or somebody high up put enough pressure on Road&Track to make them take down the picture.

      The damage has been done, however, so that act was futile for Jaguar.
      • 8 Years Ago
      wait a minuet is jaguar embarressed of this because if they were'nt
      they would'nt take the pic off a mojor jag blog site.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why did they have to goof it up with the headlights, didn't they listen to us when we said we liked the concept.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Very nice car. Probably a dream to drive or even ride in. However, I just can't see this car as turning things around for Jaguar.
      This car and Jag's actual coupe/cabrio look like an upscale current gen Mondeo.
      I can only hope that Jaguar comes out with some redesigns that have the same effect that the 88 XJ6 or the XK8 first did before we lose a fine company with an incredible heritage.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks nothing like the concept, jag is screwd.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, they killed the concept. The front-end now looks like a Buick with those bigger, rounded lights, and that corporate side gill looks nasty. A shame--they could've had a nice car, but just from this one pic it looks like it lost all of its edginess and luster.
      • 8 Years Ago
      oh and C&D doesn't have said story up as far as I can see.
        • 8 Years Ago

        It was R & T, not C & D.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Aww, I missed it! =( Did anyone save a pic? Message me if you did! Please!
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