Jag launches thumping 423kW XJ

WITH the launch of the 2018 Jaguar XJ series, a new performance flagship will join the fray. To be known as the XJR575 the new model variant comes packed with upgraded power from 404kW to 423kW delivering 0-100km/h time of just 4.4 seconds, and a host of unique design features.

Developed in conjunction with SVO, the performance arm of Jaguar, the luxury saloon gains a raft of technology and safety upgreads, including a 10-inch touch screen infotainment system with 4G Wi-Fi. All models in the new range also get state-of-the-art intelligent safety features including autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and driver condition monitoring.

Back to the aptly nicknamed Gentlemen’s Express, the now more powerful XJR575 though, which pulls a thumping 700Nm of torque from the upgraded 5.0-litre supercharged V8 power plant, and features two bespoke exterior colour finishes: Velocity Blue and Satin Corris Grey, a rear spoiler, side sills, front bumper and lower air intakes featuring gloss black surrounds.

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Updated XJR575 exterior badging and twin bonnet louvres mark the vehicle out from the rest of the range while 20-inch Farallon gloss-black wheels with red painted brake callipers are the final dynamic flourish. Inside the XJR575 features bespoke embossed tread plates, 575 intaglio and diamond-quilted seating available in Jet/Jet and Ivory/Jet colour options and finished with additional 575 branding.

Across the range, the new Wi-Fi system supports up to eight devices, while the infotainment system offers door-to-door navigation, and seamless smartphone connectivity. Enhanced driving aids include forward traffic detection, adaptive cruise control with queue assist, reverse traffic detection, blind spot monitoring, a 360 degree surround camera system and semi-automated bay and parallel parking systems.

The range includes the XJ Premium Luxury, XJ Portfolio, XJ R-Sport, XJR575, and XJ Autobiography. The models are powered by various engine options including a 221kW 3.0-litre V6 diesel automatic diesel, and three petrol options; the 250kW 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol automatic, 375kW 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol automatic and 423kW 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol automatic.

The entire range will go on sale in Australia early next year, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.

Mark Holgate
Mark Holgate
A journalist with more than 24 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. He is also a contributor to DriveTribe.


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