Thursday 21st March 2013


550hp super-saloon launched as flagship Jaguar model

Jaguar has revealed its latest XJR, which will be launched officially at the New York Motor Show.

The new XJR will be powered by the same 550hp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 as the new XFR-S. That means the new car will boast a whopping 155hp more than the previous X358 model. It should also mean a torque figure of 502lb ft, a 0-62mph time somewhere around the five-second mark, and a top speed pegged at 186mph or just shy. It’ll also feature, says Jaguar, “bespoke chassis and aerodynamic developments” – more of which should be revealed at a later date. Jaguar is, nevertheless, promising the most focused, agile and responsive Jaguar XJ ever made.

Older XJRs have always been great value
Older XJRs have always been great value
We’ll have more information for you as wraps are taken off the XJR next Wednesday. In the meantime, we’ll be busy pondering the fantastic value that second-hand XJRs can offer. How’s about a worry-free 2000-model X308, featuring the later steel tensioners and non-Nikasil V8 engine? It’s in a tasteful combo of Pacific Blue over oatmeal, and has all the history you could ever want. Under £7,000 for this X350, meanwhile, seems like remarkable value, though there’s no mention of history which could be a reason for that. Although pricier, this example with its full history, plus a few choice options including touchscreen sat nav and 20” wheels, could be a safer bet.

Author: Alex Robbins
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