Jaguar XJR revealed


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.

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  • Bob_Defly 11 Apr 2013

    Bob_Defly said:
    Jimbo. said:
    IMO (and mine only smile), when it's wafting me home in the dark and rain, in a sea of cow, tree and phosphorus blue lighting, with a warm arse and Adele crooning through the stereo, not to mention the spaceship gear selector, it's not aged at all. It's perfect.
    Agreed. I am currently driving the V6 AWD version. Drove home through freezing rain and ice the other night at 80mph all the way, it's like a luxury freight train!
    A pic.


    Jaguar XJL Portfolio AWD by rob smith photography, on Flickr

  • pSyCoSiS 28 Mar 2013

    AmitG said:
    yes I have driven one, and in fact might have bought it if it wasn't for the patchy service history. IMHO the W221 is better built than the W220, but it's still no W140!
    Next time you go in one, try moving the dashboard console - on the one I had, it felt like it was coming off.

    Try that in a W140, and it won't budge!

    But yes - totally agree, these new XJ's are stunning machines and definitely something different and a pleasure to see.

  • AmitG 28 Mar 2013

    pSyCoSiS said:
    AmitG said:
    It doesn't have the bank-vault solidity of the S-class
    Have you tried the new (facelifted) W221 S Class? Isn't as solid as the previous models, I can assure you!
    yes I have driven one, and in fact might have bought it if it wasn't for the patchy service history. IMHO the W221 is better built than the W220, but it's still no W140!

    Others have mentioned the attitude towards luxury saloons in Canary Wharf and the City. I work in the City and I agree with the comments. Drive by in a LWB S-class and nobody bothers. Drive by in a LWB XJ and heads literally turn. People stop and stare. They really do look good in the metal. But they need to be LWB, to accentuate that coupe-like roofline.


  • Zod 28 Mar 2013

    GTEYE said:
    +1 I think unfortunately that the current XJ is not ageing that well, and although I have no firm stats to back it up, the bankers in Canary Wharf I see daily are all in recently registered S Class, 7-ers and A8s without exception...

    Edited by GTEYE on Wednesday 20th March 17:20
    Canary Wharf's a dull place. You see plenty of XJs in the City now and there are absolutely loads doing limo duty in Mayfair.

  • pSyCoSiS 28 Mar 2013

    AmitG said:
    It doesn't have the bank-vault solidity of the S-class
    Have you tried the new (facelifted) W221 S Class? Isn't as solid as the previous models, I can assure you!

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