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Beat up a new Jaguar at Gillette Stadium

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  September 20, 2012 09:00 AM

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A Jaguar XK coupe speeds on the autocross loop at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.

Whether or not you're able to buy an $80,000 car makes no difference on how well you can hammer it in a parking lot.

Starting Friday, Jaguar will bring all of its sedans and coupes to Gillette Stadium, set up an autocross course, and let anyone over 21 years old smoke the tires (sorry, kids). It's part of Jaguar's "Alive" driving tour, which heads to 18 cities across the U.S. in an effort to sway people from the more popular German and Japanese competition.

The XF, XJ, and the limited XKR-S -- the most powerful Jaguar ever made -- will be on hand alongside professional racing instructors. A skid pad, acceleration and braking tests, and opportunities to crank stereos and order massages in the XJ's leather seats should provide easy entertainment for several hours.

They're here all weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is at Jaguar's site here. And be smart about the fine print -- do you really want to own an $80,000 car if you do something dumb?

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