Revised Jaguar XJ Range Gains Thumping Jaguar XJR575


New 2018 Jaguar XJR575 is powered by a fire-breathing 5.0 litre supercharged that churns out 423kW and 700Nm of torque and will clock 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds

The most British Jaguar of them all, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class rivalling Jaguar XJ, has had a bit of a nip tuck for the 2018 model year. While the whole range benefits from new technology such as WiFi for busy business types, lane keep assist to stop you wandering all over the road, autonomous emergency brakes in case you’re a little slow on the anchors and a new 10 inch infotainment screen, but the star of the 2018 Jaguar XJ family is the sporty XJR575.

The Jaguar XJR575 is propelled by an upgraded version of Jaguar Land Rover’s supercharged 5.0 litre V8, which chucks out 423kW and 700Nm, 19kW more than the old model. Jaguar says the XJR575 will rocket to 100km/h from standstill in 4.4 seconds, and will race to 300km/h in 44 seconds. Not that you’d ever do that on a public road.

The XJR575 can be identified thanks to either one of two unique paint schemes: Velocity Blue and Satin Corris Grey, a subtle body kit that includes a front air intake and bonnet louvres and 20 inch alloys.

Inside, the XJR575’s seats are wrapped in diamond patterned leather and there’s 575 branding throughout.

As per all XJ models customers will be able to choose from one of four sound systems, some developed by Meridian.

Other models in the 2018 Jaguar XJ line-up include the entry level XJ Premium Luxury, XJ Portfolio, XJ R-Sport, the XJR575 and the ultra-luxurious XJ Autobiography.

Aside from the belting 423kW V8, other engine choices will include a 3.0 litre V6 turbo diesel that produces 221kW/700Nm, a 250kW/450Nm supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol and a 375kW/625Nm supercharged V8.

All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic that sends power to the rear wheels.

Customers will have a choice between standard and ultra-plush long wheelbase body styles.

No word on the 2018 Jaguar XJ pricing as yet, but the new range will arrive in early 2018.

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