The lines and features of the XJ are reminiscent of the classic Jaguars of the past with its elegant slope of the roof, to the narrow front lights and the sloping rear window giving a fantastic appearance of a coupe in a majestic high-end saloon car. The rear lights look like they are wings on the back of a stylish bird.
As to power, this again has not been forgotten and the Jaguar XJ comes with a choice of four different engines.
The entry level is a supercharged 3.0 litre V6 with 340 horsepower
Next is a 5.0 litre V8 normally aspirated 385 horsepower
Then we come to the real beasts of engines and third in line is:
A supercharged 5.0 litre V8 giving 470 horsepower
The super special Supersport version of the supercharged 5.0 litre V8 gives you 510 horsepower
The interior trim and levels of luxury are better than all other Jaguars and with drive train options to beat the band. The Jaguar XJ should be the only luxury car any sensible executive would want and love to drive or be driven in.
This car had such a lot to live up to with it following in the wheel tracks of the XF, XJS and E-Type, XK 120 and XK 150. My own view is that they have done it again – Well done Jaguar Cars.
It is longer than a Porsche Boxter but shorter than a Porsche 911 therefore the road holding and stick to the road capabilities are stunning. With the standard 8 speed automatic and the eagerly awaited 6 speed manual it is certainly going to be a drivers car.
With clean and simple interior in both the coupe and soft top, who is not going to want this most elegant of stylish touring cars. For the petrol heads in the readers of this article it has three engine options.
F Type Standard Version – 3.0 litre supercharged V6 with 340 horsepower and 0 – 60 in 5.1 seconds
F Type S Version – 3.0 litre supercharged V6 with 380 horsepower and 0 – 60 in 4.8 seconds
F type V8 S – 5.0 litre V8 supercharged giving 495 horsepower and achieving 0 – 60 in 4.2 seconds (Hold onto your wigs)
In my view these are two of the best cars that Jaguar has produced in the last few years and long may their tradition of designing great looking fast executive cars and stunning very fast executive coupes continue.
I love them both and will continue to dream that I will own one in the distant future.
The next Jaguar article will be on the XF.