The Jaguar XJR, especially 1997-2003, is the best performing car on the market today. In the private secondary market, cars in good condition can be obtained for a market value well below comparative. What makes the Jaguar XJR an exceptional deal is the very things that have made Jaguar unmatched: the mystique, the level of class and luxury, and an intangible quality that is unrivaled in the used car market.
Those intangibles aside, look at performance first. The Jaguar XJ sedan was the undisputed fastest 4-door sedan in the world for years, but recently, the XJR raised the bar and forced BMW and Mercedes to step up their game. Today the Jaguar XJR is still in the top ten, posting 0-60 times of 5.3 seconds and the current generation can do it in 4.7 seconds. Being in the top ten in anything is noteworthy, doing it in one of the most competitive segments of the production car market against the best in the world is quite another. A second-gen Jaguar XJR can cover the quarter mile in the mid-13 stock, easily sliding into the 12 with little details. That’s quick, ask Mr. Corvette. The Jaguar XJR gets that performance from a brilliant 4.0 to 4.2-liter, all-aluminum, 32-valve V8, supercharged to produce 370-400 hp and more than 380 foot-pounds of torque. Weighing in at just under 4,000 pounds, that amount of power can only be described as a smile, a lot of fun.
Performance may be what catches your eye, but to earn the title of “Best of” anything requires a satisfactory running cost to go along with it. Today’s high-performance car consumer will accept nothing less and this is where the Jaguar XJR defies logic. Logical because if you ask someone about the Jaguars, two things will pass their lips; beautiful cars, hope you can keep it running. Surprisingly, the Jaguars have been ranked in the top 5-6 by JD Power and Associates year-over-year for their reliability. Yes, the old man on the street you see constantly playing with his beautiful Jaguar to keep it running would never believe that these are the same cars. In fact, they are not the same because Ford bought Jaguar in 1989 and they have invested all their resources in making the Jaguar extremely reliable. Ford has done an outstanding job. However, it tends to be European performance cars in general that require potential buyers to pay attention to 3 critical things;
1. Timing chains or tensioners – common with all multi-valve overhead engines
2. Water pumps and thermostats: European cars speed more than American cars, so they tend to wear out faster.
3. Nikasil Cylinders – It only tends to be a problem infrequently, but the gas you use is a big factor, use the best, the cars deserve it.
Even today, with the facts numbered and numbered, the Jaguar XJR seems to be the forgotten one of the lot when it comes to performance cars, but some of this may be due to the fact that the Jaguar brand has never been about being ostentatious, more Well as the founder Mr. Lyons would say, “Grace, rhythm and space”. Speaking of space, one of the knocks on the XJ and XJR has always been the lack of space for the rear passengers. It’s a valid concern, but if you’re looking for express transportation for 5 adults or more, get a Porsche Cayenne. However, kids do the best giggles anyway and to this end the Jaguar XJR will follow the purpose like no other due to its stealth quality, avoiding the ‘black and white’ attention that can be embarrassing to explain to children. .
In closing, the point is, if you are looking for a high-performance sedan, the Jaguar XJR is a car that should not only not be ignored, but should be placed at the top of your list and compared to everyone else. The Jaguar XJR at any pound for pound, dollar for dollar, will come out on top. Buy now before the rest of the market notices.