• Aug 14, 2008
Photo: Justin Berkowitz/TTAC

Jaguar's "leaper" has its place, and that place is not on the hood of the brand new XF sedan. Jaguar knows this; the hood ornament isn't offered as a factory option. In fact, one of the styling elements that made its debut on the XF is the new trunk-mounted neo-leaper badge, which incorporates the classic jumping cat without resorting to the now woefully out-of-place hood bauble.

While Jaguar knew not to eff things up, the same apparently cannot be said of Jaguar dealers, as evidenced by the photo above. TTAC's Justin Berkowitz came across this car on display in his local shopping mall and was understandably horrified to see that the dealer elected to class things up by sticking an old-school leaper right on the hood. It's a disaster, looking like a growth that needs to be removed and biopsied. So, remember kids: what the automakers don't screw up, dealers can... and given the opportunity, will.

[Source: The Truth About Cars]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, that does look out of place. Sadly, i have seen my share of Jaguars that do not come with the leaper, added on. Specifically on XKs. It looks silly and shouldn't be done.

      The leaper looks great on the XJ. You want a leaper? Go buy an XJ.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the leaper, but it looks like crap on that sloping hood.

      Keep it on the XJ where it belongs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought that manufacturers where no longer allowed to add hood ornaments because they are a pedestrian hazzard.
      Being hit by a car is bad enough, imagine being impaled as well...
      Hood ornaments belong with carbi's, cross-ply tires and 3 speed transmissions in the automotive museum.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well in the case of the 3 speed transmission, the museum and chryslers next compact.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Am I the only one that thinks the XF looks like a Buick?

      Jags had a lot more left to wring out of "long and low" before FoMoCo came in.


      (shrug)
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's the presidential edition
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a deformed, flaccid penis sticking out. Completely out of place.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, no ssshhhhh....

        It's a CLITORIS!! :p
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a cat-shaped metallic...WART!
      • 6 Years Ago
      how about making the badge in the grill an open circle and have the jag statue jumping out of it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As i was clicking the link from my rss feed I was thinking that this article should be about the leaper on the XF. Funny how things turn out. This isn't just a one off done by the dealer, it's an option that can be purchased by the customer. Out of the 30 or 40 XFs that my dealership has sold only one of these cars has had this upgrade purchased. And everyone at the dealership thought it looked like garbage. Totally throws all the lines on the car off.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Duders,

        Is it a factory option (i.e. car comes off the boat with it), or is it one of those dealer-installed options? I didn't see it listed on the "build your XF" app on the Jag site.

        If it's a dealer-installed accessory, I don't really count that as an official option. I mean, there's all sorts of dumb dealer-installed crap that's just designed to simply pad the bottom line in the showroom.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Leaper is available from the dealer for about $150.
      You can put one on your late model Taurus and everyone will think you've won the lottery. Seriously though, They offer a Leaper for a car that shouldn't have one, but no wood steering wheel upgrade. Even those who cheaped out and bought X-types without the X1 package can buy a wood wheel upgrade. And they call this the "new Jaguar"!
      • 6 Years Ago
      You can't make pedestrian kebobs without a skewer! The car is incomplete - it really needs one of those fake convertible padded roofs and a set of spinners!
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about a wreath and crest hood ornament installed on a Cadillac XLR? To make it worse it was installed about 18 inches behind the leading edge of the hood.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What about a fake vinyl/canvas roof?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are we sure there isn't some sort of malfeasance going on with the top here? I mean, the photo doesn't show the top of the car, so it's entirely possible someone has befouled more than just the hood ...
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