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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe





PRICE : For 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe $99,000


The Jaguar F-Type R Coupé represents the pinnacle of the F-Type range. Powered by Jaguar's 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8 all-aluminium engine in 550PS and 680Nm form, the F-Type R Coupé achieves headline figures of 0-60mph in 4.0-seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 186mph, 50-75mph taking a mere 2.4-seconds. CO2 emissions are 259g/km...

"The F-Type R Coupé represents the pinnacle of Jaguar's R Performance range - its power, performance and immediacy of response will reward the most enthusiastic of drivers while, most importantly, we've engineered the chassis to provide exploitable handling that inspires confidence. It's precise, and it's fast… a true driver's car." Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar..

The R Coupé's supercharged engine delivers not only exhilarating performance but also tremendous efficiency thanks to the technologies incorporated into it, including spray-guided direct injection (SGDI) and dual independent variable cam timing (DIVCT). The high-pressure die-cast lightweight aluminium block is stiffened with cast-iron liners and cross-bolted main bearing caps, providing refinement to match its power. The four-valve cylinder heads are constructed from high-grade, bespoke aluminium, between them sitting the Roots-type twin vortex supercharger fed by two intercoolers, which feature their own water-cooling circuit to reduce the temperature of the pressurised air, thereby optimising power and efficiency...

The torsional rigidity of the Jaguar F-Type R Coupé's aluminium structure has ensured the best possible basis for offering the connected feel, agility and engaging driving experience expected of a Jaguar sports car. Every response, from the steering to the gearchange, throttle, brakes and the all-round double wishbone suspension, has been finely honed to be accurate, involving and immediate...

The F-Type R Coupé is fitted with Jaguar's Adaptive Dynamics system that actively controls vertical body movement, roll and pitch rates. The system continuously monitors driver inputs and the attitude of the car on the road, adjusting damper rates accordingly up to 500 times a second to optimise stability. For the F-Type R, the Adaptive Dynamics controlling software has a bespoke tune, working in tandem with revised spring rates all-round to deliver consistent, progressive and exploitable handling. Spring rates are increased by 4.3% at the front and 3.7% at the rear (compared to F-Type V8 S Convertible)...

Engaging Dynamic mode delivers an even more focused driving experience thanks to enhanced body control through firmer damping rates, increased steering weighting, faster gear changes and sharper throttle response. In the F-Type R Coupé, Dynamic mode is configurable as standard via the central 8in touchscreen, allowing the driver to select and save settings according to their preference...

In addition to the fundamental suspension tune changes, the Jaguar F-Type R Coupé features a new second-generation Electronic Active Differential which, for the first time on a Jaguar, works in conjunction with Torque Vectoring by braking. Together, the two systems ensure agility at all speeds and exploitable on-the-limit handling...

The F-Type R Coupé's Electronic Active Differential (EAD) builds on the progressive handling advantages of a mechanical limited-slip differential by intelligently controlling the amount of driveline torque fed to each wheel. The EAD utilises an electric motor which operates a multiplate clutch; by rapidly and continuously analysing a range of electronic inputs it is able to immediately vary torque transfer to each driven wheel to maximise traction in any condition...

The EAD system fitted to the F-Type R Coupé features a highly sophisticated second-generation controller. It continuously estimates surface friction, comparing that to the driver's torque demand and delivering accurate locking torque as a result. A new handling controller also means the EAD has the ability to match the car's response more accurately with the driver's inputs during both on-power understeer or off-power oversteer conditions. Working in parallel with the Torque Vectoring by braking system, the controller is capable of reacting to the ECU's torque request - ranging from open to full locking torque - in under 200 milliseconds...

Torque Vectoring by braking - a standard feature on F-Type R Coupé - applies finely metered braking torque individually to the inner wheels as necessary, helping to turn the car into corners more precisely. Using the Jaguar F-Type R Coupé's array of electronic sensors, the Torque Vectoring system determines when corner entry speed may induce understeer. It then calculates the level of brake force needed to correct the car's direction and, via the ABS system, applies that precise braking force to individual inner wheels as necessary. Torque Vectoring by braking works at a subtle level, both correctively and predictively, finely adjusting the trajectory of the F-Type R Coupé for optimal handling...

The F-Type R's EAD and Torque Vectoring by braking systems - which work together with the car's Dynamic Stability Control system - complement each other to optimise traction, cornering ability and, most importantly, to maximise steering feel and agility. Torque Vectoring by braking works to fine-tune trajectory around a corner, and as the car is pushed further to its limits, there is a natural, seamless transition to EAD...

As a result, the use of available grip is always optimised, enabling the F-Type R Coupé to carry more speed both into, through and out of corners, while delivering precision handling during high-speed manoeuvres...

The Jaguar F-Type R Coupé uses Jaguar's Super Performance braking system as standard. This system features 380mm front and 376mm rear discs - with red or black painted calipers. Brake cooling is optimised via under-body channelling of air, the air-flow being derived through the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis...

The R Coupé is also available with optional Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes which offer consistent performance and excellent fade resistance even during extreme performance driving conditions, while retaining the precise pedal feel of the standard system and extending disc life in everyday driving use.

The F-Type's eight-speed 'Quickshift' transmission has been recalibrated to make the best use of the F-Type R Coupé's 550PS engine. Its eight, closely-stacked, sporting ratios help to fully exploit the engine's rev range and ensure that it remains within its optimal power band with every gearchange. Manual control is available to the driver at any time, using either the steering wheel-mounted paddles or the central SportShift selector...

The F-Type R Coupé's switchable Active Sports Exhaust system - with its signature quad, outboard-mounted tailpipes - takes the aural excitement delivered by the 550PS engine to new levels. It offers an authentic, rich sound, developing to a howling crescendo as the upper limits of the rev range are reached. The system uses electronically controlled bypass valves in the rear section of the exhaust which are mapped to open according to a range of parameters, effectively altering the exhaust gas routing into a free-flowing straight-through arrangement to both reduce back pressure and enhance sound quality. Selecting Dynamic mode also opens the bypass valves, an optional override button enabling further driver control of the system...

The Jaguar F-Type R Coupé's aerodynamic bodywork - gloss black front vanes beneath the shark gills and flat side sill extensions - aid its stability at the very high speeds of which it is capable. As standard the R Coupé's window finishes are highlighted in bright anodised aluminium along the frames of the side glass, with the grille surround and side air vents in bright chrome, while the optional Black Pack adds gloss black window finishers, gloss black side power air vents and a gloss black grille surround. The front splitter, side power vents, door mirrors casings, bonnet power vents and engine cover are also available in carbon fibre...

20in 'Gyrodyne' wheels in silver finish are standard on the F-Type R Coupé, while a dark grey and diamond-turned version is optional. As on any F-Type specified with 20in wheels, the F-Type R Coupé is available with optional ultra-high performance tyres which, with a unique tread pattern, offer additional steering precision, and increased levels of grip for the enthusiast driver...



EXTERIOR




















2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is built with aluminum AC300 T61 body structure, it’s powerful and multifunctional characteristic: absorb the energy and increase safety. The sporty visual appearance comes from : tough grille inspired by the F-TYPE Convertible, especially on the side wheel arch design and the roof profile. The grille flanked by the twins ‘shark gill’ openings, the LED headlamp mounted thereon...

Wheels arches design form a sporty character, especially on the rear wheel arches. The standard wheels are 20-inch Gyrodyne”” finished in silver look stylish with ultra-high performance tires. Jaguar offers two choice of wheels finishing : in gray or black diamonds. On the roof available aluminum or panoramic glass roof panels, firmly attached to the main roof elements...

 Meanwhile, the typical side windows made ??of bright anodized aluminum that is aligned with the roof profile. Side body panels are made of high strength and AC600 formable aluminum. The same material has been used for structural reinforcement. At the rear of the car look sleek equipped by light emitting diode (LED) lighting. 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe comes with Active Sports Exhaust system with 4 tailpipes in proportional appearance and offers a rich sound...



INTERIOR




















The driver-focused cabin in the F-TYPE R Coupe clearly conveys the car's pedigree and sporting prowess, through a combination of taut styling, involving interfaces, and premium materials and textures...

Performance seats in the F-TYPE R Coupe have inflatable bolsters for support during high-G cornering.2 The seats are finished in premium leather, with the 'R' logo embossed on the headrest. A 'Jet' black interior trim is offered with three options of contrast stitching – Ivory, Red or Firesand – on the instrument panels, door panels, grab-handle highlight and console. There are also three sporting color options on the Jet black seats – Ivory, Camel or Red contrast seat surfaces, each with similarly-matched contrast stitching...

The premium trim in the F-TYPE R Coupe also includes leather on the instrument panel and cluster, armrests, door inserts and the center console. Leather or Suedecloth headliners are optional. The driver focused cockpit conveys its sporting intentions with a small-diameter, flat-bottomed steering wheel wrapped in Jet black leather with the R logo. A round wheel is a no-cost option...

Also standard on the F-TYPE R Coupe is the top-spec 770W Surround Sound audio system by British audio experts MeridianTM, as well as heated seats and a heated steering wheel...



SPECIFICATION


2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine paired with the recalibrated ZF eight-speed Quickshift transmission. This engine is also equipped with several technologies that support exceptional efficiency, include: spray-guided direct injection (SGDI) and dual independent variable cam timing (DIVCT). In addition, an Intelligent Stop/Start system is also installed, it’s supports saving fuel and reducing emissions... 

The system works by stopping the engine when the driver presses the brake pedal. Then, the system will restart the engine when the foot is lifted from the brake pedal. With such a wide range of supporting technologies, the F-Type R engine can generate power output of 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. For acceleration, this car can run from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 186 mph (electronically limited)...

New Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is also equipped with Adaptive Dynamics System3, a system that works actively adjust the vertical body movement, roll and pitch. For safety, the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is equipped with Jaguar Super Performance braking system. The brake mounted on 15-inch front discs and 14.8-inch rear discs stand out with red painted calipers...

Jaguar also offers Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes, available as an option. CCM brakes offer the absolute consistency of performance and excellent fade resistance also a total saving of £ 46 unsprung-weight (21kg). This optional brakes made of carbon fiber and ceramic matrix, mounted on 15.7-inch front discs and 15-inch rear brake discs. The brake cooling optimized through air distribution of the lower body, also with the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis. The brake mounted on 20-inch forged wheels with gloss black wheels / diamond turned finish...



FEATURES











► Intuitive Visual Control :

Easily select climate control, GPS navigation, audio choices or Bluetooth telephone connectivity on the crisp color 8 inch Touch-screen in the F-TYPE center console.5 Manage multimedia connections on the screen, including iPod or MP3 players. Select details of playlists and music displayed by artist, album and genre. The Touch-screen also controls the optional Configurable Dynamics System.

► GPS Navigation : 

Access your standard GPS satellite navigation system quickly and easily via the Touch-screen, and store up to 20 destinations. Steer clear of unexpected delays with congestion alerts from the Traffic Message Channel. The system even displays nearby gas stations when fuel is running low.



DRIVER CONTROL


Featuring two large analog dials – essential in a sports car – instruments are simple, clear and easy to read. The three-spoke steering wheel incorporates key functions for ease of control. Gear selector paddles, mounted behind the spokes, let you select gears sequentially with your fingertips, without taking your hands from the wheel. 

The console-mounted Jaguar SportShift Selector offers full Auto Mode plus a Sport Mode, which allows manual operation for even greater driver involvement. Sequential gear selection is provided by tipping the lever forward to shift down a ratio, and pulling it back to shift up a gear. The F-TYPE has an 8 inch color Touch-screen that provides intuitive control of many features, including navigation, infotainment and on vehicles equipped with the optional Performance Pack, the Dynamic-i system.



BRAKES



► Carbon Ceramic Matrix Brakes

The F-Type R and S Coupé models have an exclusive option of Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes. Vivid yellow monoblock calipers - six-piston at the front and four-piston at the rear - grip 398mm front and 380mm rear brake discs made from a matrix of carbon fibre and ceramic, which is extremely hard and highly resistant to wear...

The CCM system offers consistent performance and excellent fade resistance even during sustained extreme driving conditions, while retaining the precise pedal feel of the standard system. Reduced wear and tear in day-to-day driving also means extended disc life...

CCM brakes offer considerable weight savings over standard steel brakes - the overall 21kg reduction in unsprung weight further enhancing handling dynamics. As CCM brakes generate more surface temperature than steel brakes, open-air intakes on the bumper and deflectors on the anti-roll bar direct increased airflow to the braking system - the attention to detail even extending to the use of new, heat-resistant valve caps...

CCM brakes feature a pre-fill system function that applies a low brake pressure to all four calipers when the throttle is released - and before the brake pedal is pressed again. The pre-fill system ensures a consistent brake pedal feel, and is tuned for speed proportionality. This means that at higher speeds it will give a consistently sharp, confidence-inspiring response, while at low car park type speeds the system will provide a more comfort-biased pedal feel..

Specify CCM brakes and the F-Type R or S Coupé will come with 20in 'Storm' wheels. As standard these are in a satin grey anthracite finish, but an optional, forged version with gloss black/diamond-turned finish is offered...

► Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) :

The standard Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) system is designed to measure vehicle load, and helps distribute braking force to the front and rear wheels accordingly, enhancing control.

►  Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) :

By monitoring how quickly you depress the brake pedal, the standard Emergency Brake Assist is designed to increase brake pressure in order to help shorten stopping distances. This system can also help the driver retain steering control under these severe braking conditions.



DESIGN





Visual appeal is fundamental to Jaguar and, as such, the F-Type Coupé is immediately recognisable, building on the design of the stunning C-X16 concept sports Coupé and the F-Type Convertible - winner of the 2013 'World Car Design of the Year' award...

"Creating a sports Coupé is the purest of design tasks, and also the most challenging; get it right and aesthetically the result will be as dynamic as the car should be rewarding to drive. In F-Type Coupé, I believe we've got it right. The purity of the C-X16 concept has been retained without compromise; the F-Type Coupé's long bonnet, low roofline and tapering cabin inspire me every time I see it." Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar..

The F-Type Coupé visual message is defined by three key 'heartlines', that visual message beginning with the formidable grille. It is from the twin 'shark gill' openings that sit either side of the grille that the essential first heartline - which mirrors the design of the F-Type Convertible - flows and begins to take shape. Running up through the headlamp, and accentuated by the LED 'J blade' daylight running lamps, the line then arcs up over the front wheelarch before dropping elegantly as it runs through the door, washing out into the muscular rear haunch...

The Coupé's second heartline, also shared with the Convertible, begins at the rear edge of the door, swelling outwards and upwards to create a visually strong wheelarch, emphasising the car's rear-wheel drive layout, before dropping vertically through the tail lamp...

The third heartline forms the Coupé's dramatic, cabin-rearward, sweeping roof profile. Providing an unbroken silhouette, it highlights the visual drama of the tapered cabin nestled between the powerful rear haunches. The distinctive side window graphic, finished as standard in bright aluminium, accentuates both the compactness of the car and the roof profile...

Jaguar's expertise in aluminium vehicle architecture has been essential in enabling both the F-Type Coupé's uncompromised design aesthetic, while delivering the fundamental dynamic attributes - essential to any sports car - of low mass and an extremely rigid body. Measuring 33,000 Nm/degree, the F-Type Coupé is the most torsionally rigid production car Jaguar has ever built...

A fundamental requirement for excellent dynamic attributes, delivering that rigidity figure required some innovative engineering solutions in order to maximise strength without impacting on the design vision. Due to the lack of B-pillars, Jaguar's engineers were presented with the challenge of keeping the design's sleek, pillarless, low roofline - combined with the need to create the optimum amount of interior space - while still achieving the necessary rigidity and strength targets. The solution was a high-strength, hydro-formed aluminium alloy beam which runs from the front of the A-pillar through to the back of the D-pillar, through the door opening line and back to the rear quarter window...

The F-Type Coupé is available with either aluminium or panoramic glass roof panels that are bonded into the main roof structure - torsional rigidity is identical regardless of which roof is fitted...

The F-Type Coupé's dramatic body sides are single-piece aluminium pressings - probably the most extreme cold-formed aluminium body side outer panels in the automotive industry. These exceptionally deep-draw aluminium pressings have totally eliminated the requirement for joints in the panel surface. The body side panel is fabricated from high-strength and formable AC600 aluminium, which has also been used for structural reinforcement - both engineering firsts for Jaguar. The use of AC300 T61 aluminium in the body structure of the car provides additional strength thanks to its energy absorbing properties, ensuring maximum occupant protection...

In order to achieve the required aesthetic at the rear of the car, the F-Type Coupé features a hidden rear spoiler that sits within the tapered shut-line of the tailgate, and rises at speed in order to balance front and rear lift. The spoiler automatically rises at 70mph and lowers when the speed drops below 50mph, reducing lift by up to 120kg...

The width of the tail is emphasised by the slim, full-LED lamps that wrap all the way around the wings almost to the trailing edge of the rear wheelarches. These lamps feature hidden-until-lit technology, appearing solid until one of their functions is activated. The F-Type Coupé also features a 'ribbon of light' LED high-mounted stop light, which is hidden at the top of the beautifully engineered tailgate. The tailgate, available with powered open/close functionality, is made from composite materials, the boot-volume itself being up to 407-litres...

Aluminium forms a significant part of Jaguar's commitment to sustainability with up to half the content of the body coming from recycled metal. In addition, the F-Type Coupé's structure is exclusively riveted and bonded - this manufacturing process emits up to 80% less CO2 compared to that from welding a comparable steel structure. Jaguar is also rolling out its closed-loop aluminium recycling system to its suppliers, ensuring all offcuts of metal from the manufacturing process are reused...



SAFETY


Two front airbags and two side airbags help provide added reassurance for you and your passenger.6 Sensors detect the size and weight of the driver and passenger, and direct the front airbags to deploy appropriately. Advanced seatbelt pretensioners automatically tighten the seatbelts when they sense rapid deceleration.

► Vehicle Sensing :

The Blind Spot Monitor, part of the optional Vision Pack, is designed to help alert you to the presence of a vehicle in an adjacent lane by providing a warning indicator in the exterior rearview mirror. Closing Vehicle Sensing tells you if vehicles are approaching from behind at speeds that might make changing lanes more dangerous.

► Rollover Protection :

This safety feature is designed to help protect occupants in the event of a rollover. Finished in Satin Chrome on the F-TYPE and F-TYPE S, or in Gloss Black on the F-TYPE V8 S, the rollover protection system bars are also available with Carbon Fiber or Chrome covers as a dealer-installed accessory.



ENGINE



The 5.0 liter 550 horsepower V8 supercharged engine in the F-TYPE R Coupe is supremely capable. A large supercharger feeds the engine to deliver an astonishing peak torque of 502 lb-ft from just 3,500 rpm. Acceleration is rapid and progressive; response is immediate and predictable. 

Spray-guided direct injection delivers precisely measured quantities of fuel directly into the center of the combustion chambers at pressures of up to 2,175 psi for cleaner, more efficient combustion. By switching off the engine when the vehicle comes to a standstill, the Intelligent Stop/Start system can improve fuel economy...

 Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds
Top Speed: 186 mph3
► EPA Highway Estimate: 23 mpg



TRANSMISSION






 8-Speed "Quickshift" ZF® Transmission

With eight closely spaced gear ratios keeping the engine in its most effective operating range, the F-TYPE "QuickShift" automatic transmission is both fast and smooth. The gearbox’s control system is intelligent and adaptive. 

It monitors the driving situation, combined with driver demand, and responds to provide a truly dynamic experience. Intelligent and adaptive software automatically modifies shift strategy, ensuring the right gear is selected for every situation. The transmission can be controlled manually with the standard shift paddles mounted behind the spokes of the steering wheel.



EXHAUST SYSTEM



Those differences informed our two-session plan: four hot laps with the R's standard Super Performance brakes and Gyrodyne wheels, then four hot ones with the optional setup...

Regardless of their wheel and brake choices, every car we drove was fitted with Jag's remarkable optional sport exhaust system (hear it in the video below). The driver-selectable system roars with a perfect voice, particularly during aggressive on- and off-throttle moments. This set of tubes is particularly intense on the convertible's top V8 S setup when you press either the specific sport exhaust button or switch the onboard calibration to Dynamic. On the R Coupe, with the windows down and the sound caroming about the cabin, it's intense to the power of two, and from the outside in the pits, it might as well have been the Fourth of July...

Tracks – and definitely this track – bring out the will in us to push a car to reveal what its engineers had in mind. Officials reminded us over and over again that this F-Type R Coupe is the sportiest modern Jag, and yet they did so while also repeatedly reminding us that these verification units were early prototypes built in October (even though they had all of the company's latest software programming tweaks in place)...



CHASSIS & SUSPENSION





The aluminum body of the F-TYPE creates an immensely stable platform from which the forged aluminum double wishbone suspension can control the car. With the damping set-up optimized for the best partnership between dynamics and refinement, it gives the perfect combination of control, agility and feedback. On the F-TYPE S, F-TYPE V8 S and F-TYPE R models, Adaptive Dynamics assesses body motion and pitch rates 100 times per second, and adjusts the settings for each damper accordingly...

 The system improves control, handling and agility as well as the ability to rapidly detect and react to critical driving conditions and driver demands. It achieves this with a series of sensors that are placed around the car to monitor the body’s vertical movement, pitch and roll rates. The steering wheel position is measured 500 times a second enabling the system to predict the body’s roll rate. The stiffness of each individual damper is then adjusted to help maintain body control, stability and agility..



DRIVETRAIN


Well, we’ve yet to drive it on the road, but our first impressions on track bode very well indeed. Sitting down low on excellent sports seats, cocooned by those high body sides and with an explosive V8 soundtrack, it’s like driving around in a pillbox with a machine gunner at your side – without the weight or fear of death...

The differences versus the convertible are instantly noticeable, and the convertible is already a very good car. The steering has more weight and more precision as you wind on lock, and the body control feels better, so when you point the steering at an apex, the nose follows in one immediate, fluid, slop-free movement...

This is not a car that understeers, instead you point it into a corner and the rest is down to the rear end – either it steps out a little because you’ve gone in so hard on the brakes, or its neutral but just waiting to be throttle-steered through a bend in a slight oversteer attitude that’s both satisfying for the sake of it and because it feels like the quickest way through the corner...

Traction is actually pretty good given the oomph on tap, and if you leave the mid-way Trac DSC mode on, you’ll be able to exploit the F-type’s adjustability without fear of a spin; turn it off and things become hilarious. The F-type loves to powerslide, but even when you’re doing something so juvenile you notice a few things: that there’s a load of steering lock to keep you out of trouble, and that the F-type’s rigidity means it remains stable and grippy and predictable even when you crank it to the most ludicrous angles...

So despite the rear tyres billowing smoke, you can still say, hmm, I’m going to put that front tyre on the apex over there, and then I’m going to smear black lines over exactly 33mm of the exit kerbing. It’s so precise it’s incredible...



CARGO SPACE


The other chief benefit of the R's coupe body, besides its mouth-watering beauty and proportion, is finally having some semi-decent cargo space behind the two seats: 11.0 cubic feet versus the convertible's barely useful 7.0 cubic feet...

Now we're even more eager to try the supercharged V6 in the F-Type S Coupe or the base 335-hp $65,000 F-Type Coupe – they may offer less power, but they also promise better balance and less weight on the front wheels for better handling...

We're hopeful that Jaguar will address our handling concerns ahead of the F-Coupe's on-sale date, but the truth is, little of this will probably matter to most buyers – no matter the trim, whoever gets to own one of these will be content to be stylin' at any speed...



RELEASE DATE


2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe has been released in 2013 Los Angeles Motor Show. This car will arrive in dealerships in Spring 2014. If you are interested in, wait for his arrival at the nearest Jaguar dealer !..



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= Shahen Tharammal



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