For ages the Holy Grail of luxury-car recipes has been to somehow blend sumptuous richness with sleek high-tech sport. But rarely are the fruits of such compromise anything close to wonderful. For instance, when attempting this blend, honestly sporty luxury automobiles tend to appear thinly contrived when they attempt to be olde-globe conventional at the very same time. Likewise for plush quasi limos that attempt any sort of athletic sportiness.
One of the couple of automobiles that is arguably pulled off this blend with deep genuineness is Jaguar's luxury flagship, the XJ8.
These major sedans are supplied in base XJ8 and hotter XJR models on a 119-inch wheelbase, or in XJ8 L, Vanden Plas, and Super V8 versions with a 124-inch wheelbase. All are powered by a four.two-liter V8. It tends to make 300 hp in XJ8, XJ8 L, and Vanden Plas or 400 hp in the supercharged XJR and Super V8. A 6-speed automatic is the only offered transmission.
We not too long ago got a week-lengthy chance to test an XJ8 L, an encounter that we certainly savored from beginning to end. Indeed, when you park any XJ8 in your driveway, you instantly feel oneself standing straighter, shoulders squared, sensing the globe seeking at you with envy.
And that feeling is not restricted to the exterior. The XJ8's upscale vibe permeates the whole car. A pull on the hefty chrome door manage reveals a cabin swathed liberally in high-top quality leather. That is complemented by deep, dark polished wood and tasteful hints of sturdy chrome trim.
Receiving considerably of the leather and wood is the dashboard, which remains essentially true to the conventional Jaguar ethos -- organic styling, basic round gauges, and a minimum of gadgets.
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