There hasn’t been a Jaguar XJR since the major facelift in 2009 that brought the car into the 21st century and cemented itself as one of the best looking luxury sedans in the world. For 5 years we’ve been without a nimble but powerful sedan which garnered nods from teenagers to geriatrics. Sure, we’ve had the Supersport version with the wonderful supercharged V8, but the engine was the only thing separating it from the rest of the line-up. You were slapping a rocket on a cruiseship. Nothing terribly wrong with that, it just wasn’t very sporty, let alone SUPERsporty. Jaguar emphasised this comfort-centric attitude when the XJ received a mild refresh in 2012 that gave it the brand new 8 speed ZF transmission which is all the rage these days, along with some fuel economy and comfort tweaks.
Clearly that was the last straw for Jaguar’s R-team, because in 2014 we’re going to get a brand new XJR. The supercharged 5.0L V8 gets a bump up to 542 horsepower but, more importantly, Jag is calling it “the most focused, agile and responsive XJ ever made”. Oh my!
We don’t have any details on what they’ve done to achieve this, but we’ll be on location for the New York International Auto Show to get details and as many pictures as possible. Stay tuned!