A chic outdoor mall south of downtown Jacksonville, Fla. appears to be one place where the sleek, speedy animals of the car world roam. A local importer showcases feline machines around a high-end watering hole, which seems to draw other fast creatures.
St. John’s Town Center is an upscale mall just south and east of downtown Jacksonville. The most posh place to eat is a restaurant called Maggiano’s, where valet parking is available for drivers who don’t want their pets scratched. Matheny Imports, Inc. is known to display its trophy pieces in the valet parking area.
On a recent expedition to the area, a red-hot 2014 Jaguar F-type Convertible was spotted. Car and Driver calls it “a feline bred with a wild streak and a feral yearning to meet or beat Porsche’s best moves.” Matheny Imports’ retailer, Jaguar Jacksonville, says the standard features of this feline include “3.0L V-6 340hp engine intercooled supercharger, 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system” and much more. The starting price for this Jaguar with a wild streak is $69,000.
It wasn’t long until a close relative of the F-type arrived on the scene. The larger, roomier 2014 Jaguar XJL Sedan made its presence known. It purred up to the valet stand and took center stage. The standard features of the XJL are similar to those of the F-type, but the price is not. The MSRP for a 2014 Jaguar XJL is $81,200.
As if it had taken a cue from a special written about it and published that day in The Florida Times-Union, another member of the car world’s animal kingdom circled and then stopped at Maggiano’s valet parking area. It was hard to take one’s eyes off of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Self-described "automotive addict" Malcolm Hogan wrote, “The Stingray is an astonishing vehicle. Factor in its competitive, and unmatched, price tag for a vehicle with this caliber performance and the ‘Vette is second to none. As far as the performance goes, you can expect to reach 60 mph from a standstill in about 3.8 seconds and then go on to complete the quarter-mile in 12 seconds or less.”
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Jacksonville, Fla. 2/8/14
Automotive enthusiasts who find themselves at St. John’s Town Center are sure to appreciate the fine automobiles on display at, and roaming around, the mall. Sighting sporty Stingrays and Jaguars will supercharge your visit.