Luxury Cars: 2007 Jaguar S-Type Series
The Jaguar brand is synonymous with style and luxury. The 2007 Jaguar S-Type series fully lives up to the Jaguar name, and any of the three cars in the range make for both an excellent investment and driving experience.
2007 saw a return to the classical Jaguar styling for the S-Type series, and the S-Type series features design elements from the late 1950's and early 1960's. Though the design is retro, the quality is anything but, and car buyers can expect to not only get what they pay for, but to reap the rewards of Jaguar's ongoing commitment to boosting the quality of its cars.
Jaguar announced that of 2007, it would no longer be producing the S Series, so this series will perenially be the most recent S-Type available on the market in countries other than the UK.
The S-Type range features three cars with 6 speed automatic transmission, a brief run through of other features follows:
At the low end of the S-Type range, the S-Type 3.0 has a 235 HP, 3.0 liter V6 engine under the hood. Most of the variance between the cars in the S-Type range comes in the engine size, so if you are not overly concerned with power, you will not be missing out on too much by going for the 3.0. The 3.0 boasts 17 inch alloy wheels, rain sensing windshield wipers, an 140 watt stereo, and Reverse Park control as just some of its features.
The middle of the range S-Type 4.2 is a definite step up from the 3.0 when it comes to engine power, as the 4.2 comes with a 300 HP, 4.2 liter V8 powering the wheels. Other than the engine, features are much the same as the 3.0 model, however the stereo is a more powerful 320 watt Alpine premium stereo, and the interior is graced by foot well rugs embroidered with the Jaguar logo.
The S-Type R roars into the top of the range with a supercharged 400 HP version of the 4.2 liter V8 that can be found in the 4.2 model. In order to handle this extra power, Jaguar has included enhanced Computer Active Suspension, known as eCATS, bumped the wheels up from 17 to 18 inches, and employed larger brake discs to handle the increased forces.
All of the models have various upgrades available to them, the 3.0 model can be upgraded with Bluetooth and Navigation, Xenon headlamps, and Front Park Control. These features all come standard in the 4.2 version, and the R model can be upgraded with Adaptive Cruise Control, a feature which allows the driver to set a speed to be maintained, but which also has the ability to monitor for slower moving traffic ahead of the vehicle, and adjust the car's speed appropriately. Other upgrades for the R model include an optional Luxury theme, as well as the option to upgrade to 19 inch tires.
The 3.0 and 4.2 models can also be upgraded with 18 Inch Wheels with Continental ProContact all season tires.
Sirius Satellite Radio is also available on all models.
The S-Type series is packed with safety features which include frontal airbags, both seat mounted and side-curtain side impact air bags, all of which are controlled by the Adaptive Restraint Technology System which uses hi tech sensors to estimate the size and location of people in the front seats in order to most effectively deploy the airbags.
Other safety features include Dynamic Stability Control and Emergency Brake Assist.
With the 2007 S-Type series, Jaguar has paid considerable attention to not just style and luxury, but to solid performance, quality, and safety. The classical styling is an appropriate homage to previous S-Types, as Jaguar moves into the future with the XF series.