Behold, the Jaguar XJR, a 542hp, 500lb ft fire breathing, tyre torturing luxury loony. Behind the XJRs new front bumper, which has been aerodynamically optimised and made a bit more angry looking, is the same 5.0liter supercharged V8 from the completely mental Jaguar XKR-S. So, this luxury limo will sound epic and make your work colleagues think the end of the world is near every time your arrive at the office, which – if you’re anything like my boss – could be slightly true.
There’s no word on performance figures just yet, but considering the XJ Supersport – which oddly given the name, is less powerful – hits 62mph in 4.9 seconds and that the 200kg lighter XKR-S does the 0-62 dash in 4.4 seconds, we’d expect the XJR to be somewhere in the middle, which would make it quite fast indeed.
Jaguars global brand director Adrian Hallmark says that “the new XJR epitomizes the three pillars of technology, performance and contemporary design while delivering new levels of dynamic ability in a luxury saloon”, which sounds good. The XJR will be the most dynamically capable XJ there’s ever been thanks to its all aluminum structure, and the obligatory suspension and brake upgrades that we can assume have been made to the XJR, but to be honest, with that enormous wheelbase and that maniacal power plant, the XJR has been destined to go sideways since it was a foetus living in its mothers womb sipping unleaded and planning its future attacks on its still developing rear tyres.
Actual scientists reports – not ones that we just made up, obviously – suggest that the number of chauffeured men arriving at work with severe trouser stainage of the brown variety caused by wild oversteer is about to sky rocket as a result of this new hoon-mobile being launched. These are good times for Jaguar, and chauffeurs.
We’ll have more information and pretty pictures next week when the big Jaaaag is unveiled at the New York Auto Show.
Until then, get reacquainted with that lovely 5.0liter supercharged V8 in the XKR-S.
By Aiden Taylor ( @AidenT_RD )