RE: Arden AJ 4 returns!

Tuesday 8th January

Arden AJ 4 returns!

The original 80s super XJ is back, looking just as cool as ever



Despite being based in Germany, Arden remains one of the most prominent Jaguar tuners. Its contemporary work covers the whole range, from F-Pace to F-Type, but now it has returned to one of its greatest hits - the original AJ 4.

Based on the Series III Jaguar XJ, the AJ 4 was released in 1982 with more power, luxury and dynamism. Now the model has been recommissioned, with Arden aiming to build 235 more in addition to the 234 built during the 1980s. Imagine how an XJR might have looked at that time - that flagship not arriving until the XJ40 - and that's what the Arden appears to represent.


There's more power for a start, the legendary V12 tickled to 320hp from the standard 265; the gearbox is tweaked, too, to make the most of that increased potency. Chassis modifications include completely new springs and dampers, lighter forged wheels and wider tyres. There's also a more aggressive bodykit to lend some 80s east-end gangster chic.

Arden says that AJ 4 customers have "almost unlimited" choices inside, with a selection of "noble woods, real carbon, Connolly leather, Alcantara [and] piano lacquer to ensure a suitable ambience." Fabulous. Certainly if a modern and trendy Jag doesn't suit, or JLR Classic's own slightly chintzy take on the 80s for Nicko McBrain, then there should be plenty to enjoy about Arden's effort.

Apparently one of these AJ 4s has already reached a customer, meaning there are still plenty left to be snapped up by discerning XJ aficionados. Presumably buyers will have to supply their own XJ for restoration, and there's no exact word that we can see on cost, but you'd be willing to spend a lot to make this happen - right?











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sidesauce

Original Poster:

887 posts

155 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Ewww. No, just no - especially no to those wheels!

dandare

553 posts

191 months

Tuesday 8th January
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"bodykit?" It looks like a front spoiler to me.
Still possibly the best looking saloon car ever made. I love them, and if it saves some from destruction, then good.

redhanded

7 posts

14 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Fast Jaguar that actually looks like a Jaguar. Erm yes.

Greg the Fish

178 posts

3 months

Tuesday 8th January
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So is it a Jaguar or a Daimler?

Doofus

8,133 posts

110 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Everything gets a tick except the wheels and the £25 Mountney steering wheel
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cidered77

438 posts

134 months

Tuesday 8th January
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I know Pistonheads tradition means people will queue up to say "ewww" because that's just how the internet works... but come on, that is beautiful.

The wheels arent to my taste, and don't look good in that profile pic - but the other shots show the potential for how wider rims improve the car. And you can always, you know, get different wheels...

Stick something approaching a warranty on it, modern stereo, do something with the brakes and price is sub 100k all in, and that could well find itself on my bucket list. The stance of the thing is just lovely.

sgtBerbatov

855 posts

18 months

Tuesday 8th January
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If the dashboard was white instead of black, or the white bits of interior were black, it'd look good. But like that it looks cheap.

Doofus

8,133 posts

110 months

Tuesday 8th January
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cidered77 said:
The stance of the thing
You've ruined it now. I don't want one any more.

cidered77

438 posts

134 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Doofus said:
cidered77 said:
The stance of the thing
You've ruined it now. I don't want one any more.
Ah well, insert another phrase for "the way it sits on the road in the first picture" then! smile

Doofus

8,133 posts

110 months

Tuesday 8th January
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cidered77 said:
Ah well, insert another phrase for "the way it sits on the road in the first picture" then! smile
That one will do. smile

The Leaper

3,137 posts

143 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Fab car. Better still if the donor car is an XJC.

John Steed will approve too, I'd think.

R.

Krikkit

13,903 posts

118 months

Tuesday 8th January
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cidered77 said:
I know Pistonheads tradition means people will queue up to say "ewww" because that's just how the internet works... but come on, that is beautiful.

The wheels arent to my taste, and don't look good in that profile pic - but the other shots show the potential for how wider rims improve the car. And you can always, you know, get different wheels...

Stick something approaching a warranty on it, modern stereo, do something with the brakes and price is sub 100k all in, and that could well find itself on my bucket list. The stance of the thing is just lovely.
With different wheels I think that's magnificent. The only other thing I'd object to is someone lavishing the interior in carbon - that really doesn't belong, cover it in wood and leather!

thegreenhell

4,924 posts

156 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Splendid. I'll take mine with some BBS cross-spoke alloys and a suitably large Nardi wooden steering wheel.

DrSteveBrule

1,664 posts

68 months

Tuesday 8th January
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thegreenhell said:
Splendid. I'll take mine with some BBS cross-spoke alloys and a suitably large Nardi wooden steering wheel.
You beat me to it. Those wheels would finish it off perfectly.

cidered77

438 posts

134 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Krikkit said:
cidered77 said:
I know Pistonheads tradition means people will queue up to say "ewww" because that's just how the internet works... but come on, that is beautiful.

The wheels arent to my taste, and don't look good in that profile pic - but the other shots show the potential for how wider rims improve the car. And you can always, you know, get different wheels...

Stick something approaching a warranty on it, modern stereo, do something with the brakes and price is sub 100k all in, and that could well find itself on my bucket list. The stance of the thing is just lovely.
With different wheels I think that's magnificent. The only other thing I'd object to is someone lavishing the interior in carbon - that really doesn't belong, cover it in wood and leather!
Yep - would be sacrilegious. Nice leather, and as has been pointed out already a nice nardi wooden rim, and i'm sold. Well, sold from my imaginary bank, and imaginary further garage space... but still..

TheBigUnit

359 posts

129 months

Tuesday 8th January
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The latest entrant to my fantasy garage.

As modern cars become more and more anodyne, the work of companies like Arden becomes more and more appealing to me.

akirk

2,723 posts

51 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Greg the Fish said:
So is it a Jaguar or a Daimler?
exactly!
daimler grill and jaguar leaper!

Greg the Fish

178 posts

3 months

Tuesday 8th January
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The Leaper said:
Fab car. Better still if the donor car is an XJC.

John Steed will approve too, I'd think.

R.
Somewhat bizarrely I was in Luxor a couple of weeks ago and saw an immaculate XJC. No pic as phone had died but it was certainly an odd sight!

dunnoreally

234 posts

45 months

Tuesday 8th January
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I'd ditch the leaper and I'm not sure if it'd look better to me on slightly smaller wheels. Genuinely can't decide if I like the front end or not.

I wonder if anyone at Lister's seen this and done an idle search for XJ-S V12s...

HoustonXKR

10 posts

141 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Looks nice, wheels look like they came off a slammed Lincoln continental. Surely they could have taken a straight 6 and produced something similar in power if not torque?