Mystery Car


Time once again to put your gray matter to work by trying to guess the identity of this car from a single, but quite revealing picture. From this shot you know two things: that it is supercharged, and it’s blue. Hey, you’re half-way there! Click through the jump to see if you were right.

Did you get it? Here’s another shot that should seal the deal-


Acres of Wood and buttery leather, aggressive, driver-oriented cockpit; it’s a Ford Ranger, right?


Nope, it’s a 2009 Jaguar XKR, but hey, you already knew that.


The XKR rocks a supercharged 420 bhp 4.2 litre V8 under its sexy bonnet. Putting those ponies to the pavement are a pair of 275/35ZR19 Dunlops in the back (245/40s in front), wrapped around some seriously handsome alloys.


Unlike its competition, the XKR – along with its R-less XK brethren – sports a hatch in the back. That, and the pronounced haunches are both iconic styling memes that call to mind sporting Jaguars of past eras.

Good work on figuring it it out! Now that you have successfully solved this mystery, go work on something important: why bananas go brown so fast.

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  1. acarr260 Avatar

    Oh yea, it’s that car that should get whooped soundly by Lutz with the CTS-V.

    1. superbadd75, enriched with vitamins and minerals. Avatar
      superbadd75, enriched with vitamins and minerals.

      Actually, no. It will be an XFR that will get spanked. The sexy sedan.

      1. superbadd75, enriched with vitamins and minerals. Avatar
        superbadd75, enriched with vitamins and minerals.

        That should be XFR. Evidently italics make the F illegible. Sorry.

  2. acarr260 Avatar

    I prefer the more classical supercharged emblems, as seen at the ACD Fest this year in Auburn.

    1. acarr260 Avatar

      I guess my image upload failed. So much for my contribution…

  3. .357 Avatar

    That was way too easy.

    1. pj134 Avatar


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  4. Blueplate Avatar

    Got me with it, augh! I was thinking XJR or Aston Martin. Momentary brain gap.
    By the way, isn’t it high time for California to “fix” its license plate design? With no slogan along the bottom, and the horrible 1995 “lipstick print” name, the California plate design is doing its damn best to make this car look terrible. And this from a native Californian.

    1. superbadd75, enriched with vitamins and minerals. Avatar
      superbadd75, enriched with vitamins and minerals.

      You should see the new Texas license plate. It makes this Cali plate look like a masterpiece. I dread ever having to change mine over.

    2. Gokarter641 Avatar

      You mean you don’t want to feel like you’re playing “Cruisin’ USA” every time you get in your car?

    3. SSurfer321 Avatar

      “Lipstick Print” on a license plate isn’t nearly as bad as the new Ohio driver’s license.
      THEY’RE [expletive deleted] PINK!
      Hopefully they change color before I have to renew mine next year.

      1. FЯeeMan Avatar

        Since no one wants a pink drivers license, I’ll bet they think that this will reduce forgeries.
        I’d start a campaign now to get that changed before renewal time comes up.

      2. Formerlythegreatestdriver Avatar

        Always said there was something wrong with Ohio. You can almost feel it once you cross over the border from MI. Apart from the dickhead cops that is, who make sure that you get the full Nazi brutal treatment.

    4. engineerd Avatar

      I was thinking Aston, too. I don’t know why. I just was.
      The California plates are starting to look dated. Of course, it costs money to redo the license plates since prisoners are no longer allowed to work on them because the sharp edges might hurt them.

      1. Formerlythegreatestdriver Avatar

        Maybe because they were designed by the same person?

    5. dwegmull Avatar

      What gets me is why the owner of such a nice car would keep the ugly dealer license bracket. Unless of course this “owner” is a Jaaaaag salesman spending his weekend, “showing the car to potential customers”…

    6. Brian Avatar

      I completely agree. I am NOT looking forward to receiving the plates in the mail for my new car. I really wish the DMV would bring back the classic blue and the even more classic black plates as a extra cost option. They could easily make the yellow lettering reflective to overcome the objections of the po po. CA classic car owners would rejoice and happily fork over the premium price for the period plates.

      1. Tomsk Avatar

        The thing is, in order to look period correct, you’d have to get a 6-character vanity plate rather than the standard 7-character number. That’s an extra 25 bucks per year last I checked, though with the recent fee increases it’s probably 500 bucks now…

  5. Jeff Glucker Avatar
    Jeff Glucker

    I have the 2010 XKR coming to the office in two weeks… I see your 420 hp engine and raise you a 510 5.0L supercharged V8.

    1. engineerd Avatar

      Are you hiring? Maybe something in the mail room, or a bathroom attendant?

      1. Velocitre Avatar

        Assistant winshield squeegee?

      2. Jeff Glucker Avatar
        Jeff Glucker

        I do need someone to wash these cars for me from time to time…
        no, sorry

  6. "Sparky" P Avatar

    Ya stumped me.

  7. joshuman Avatar

    I spotted two of these a couple weeks ago in Chicago as I was waiting to cross the street. Well, it was on two different mornings so it could have been the same one twice. An R8 also made an appearance.

  8. Clashtastic-May The Forcier Be With You Avatar
    Clashtastic-May The Forcier Be With You

    Too Easy. When we’re on the topic of license plates, who else misses the Michigan Blue Plate.

  9. Formerlythegreatestdriver Avatar

    I really wish I could reveal all the upcoming Jags,Range Rovers and Astons here, but I can’t. As I really would lose my job.

    1. SSurfer321 Avatar

      Post the sketches from the boss’ PC. We get to see the sneak peaks, you get a promotion. It’s win-win.

  10. Eulah Caricofe Avatar

    Pauline Christine