For ages the Holy Grail of luxury-vehicle recipes has been to somehow blend sumptuous richness with sleek high-tech sport. But seldom are the fruits of such compromise something close to perfect. For instance, when attempting this blend, seriously sporty luxury vehicles tend to appear thinly contrived when they try to be olde-globe common at the identical time. Likewise for plush quasi limos that try any sort of athletic sportiness.
One particular of the few vehicles that's arguably pulled off this blend with deep genuineness is Jaguar's luxury flagship, the XJ8.
These huge sedans are offered 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 4.2-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 out there transmission.
We lately got a week-long chance to test an XJ8 L, an encounter that we certainly savored from starting to finish. Indeed, when you park any XJ8 in your driveway, you right away feel oneself standing straighter, shoulders squared, sensing the globe hunting at you with envy.
And that feeling is not limited to the exterior. The XJ8's upscale vibe permeates the entire vehicle. A pull on the hefty chrome door manage reveals a cabin swathed liberally in high-quality leather. That's complemented by deep, dark polished wood and tasteful hints of sturdy chrome trim.
Receiving significantly of the leather and wood is the dashboard, which remains essentially true to the common Jaguar ethos -- organic styling, fundamental round gauges, and a minimum of gadgets.
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