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- D he XJ in model year 2018
The 5, 0-liter V8 engine with supercharging has already been allowed to compete in various Jaguar /Land Rover models. Now the powerhouse has also been implanted in the XJ. For the new model year, the XJ luxury sedan will also be available in the high-performance version XJR575 with 575 hp. The performance zenith in the XJ range is shifted up by 25 hp. The maximum torque of the eight-cylinder is 700 Nm.
There are also two fresh exclusive colors composed by the sports subsidiary SVO such as this radiant Velocity-blue, diamond-shaped stitching in the seat leather, a bit of badge decor and - as a centerpiece, so to speak - a power-up that increases the direct-injection five-liter compressor by 25 hp and 20 Nm compared to the previous XJR. Now there is the old rule of thumb, which says that the rate of increase in performance must be at least 10 percent in order to be able to perceive it at all. Accordingly, the XJR575 would have failed directly. Its predecessor had 550 PS, which means: According to Adam Riese, we would need at least 55 PS on top for a smoother driving experience. However, I still know a rule of thumb, an equally old one - and that is: Little is better than nothing. In this sense, a very warm welcome to you, dear XJR575. It's nice that you're here.
Or better said: Nice that you are still there. Because in 2018 the XJ of the current X351 series will be eight years old. And just to put it into perspective: when it was launched in 2010, the F-Type, which is now an older friend, was a good three years away. The XJ575 does not allow itself to be noted from its proud age - except perhaps the unreservedly positive fact that, unlike many of its younger competitors, it does not yet interfere too much in the act of driving a car. In plain language: it is not a robot, not one of these “autonomous”, but a driver's car. And if you hear chief designer Ian Callum chatting like that, it will be the same for the next generation. Good news!
Cross-stable instead of unplaned
The driving dynamics are also in comparison rather simply knitted compared to today's upper-class customs. Reactive dampers, electric lock - that's essentially it. The fact that it still feels amazingly agile, that it precisely steers with its fixed steering and that it pulls around bends without sagging is not due to any roll stabilization fuss or steering rear axles, but to two very simple things. First: The rich, transversely stable but by no means uncouth vote. And second: the low weight, which it owes primarily to its all-aluminum body. With at least 1,875 kilos, it may not be light in the real sense, but it is still the lightest of its kind - by the way, its new, oh so highly innovative classmates from Munich and Ingolstadt have already been factored in. And of course that also pays off on the straights. He's massive, big too, but he's not sluggish. In view of the slightly shaky traction, it is questionable whether the promised 4.4 seconds will work out to one hundred in practice. Once the frictional connection is established, the V8 stretches the 5.13-meter sedan really tightly over its wide torque hump.
Although it knows how to handle its potency appropriately. Of course. It's actually the same machine as in the high-performance F-Type called SVR. But while she's having a real orgy there, loosing up as if obsessively, spitting out of the exhaust system and beating you down with torque, the XJR575 is more likely to be infiltrated by the thrust. The V8 bass sounds velvety, the throttle response is direct instead of aggressive, the propulsion is powerful but not brutal, and the overall experience is less overwhelming than fascinating. In other words: On the imaginary line between hardlining and sentimentalism, the XJR is still something like the perfect middle ground.