Jaguar XJ

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Drive-it Day Special The 50 Greatest Drives - David Simis­ter

Aim an XJ’s del­i­cately sculpted snout at a twisty stretch of as­phalt for the first time and you’ll be amazed at the re­sults. You’re co­cooned by wal­nut, leather and never-end­ing ex­panses of bon­net, and yet a well-sorted Jaguar re­fuses to be flum­moxed by any of the things a big sa­loon should be. It just grips and goes, and while you’ll oc­ca­sion­ally feel the front scrab­bling for grip, you’re in­su­lated from ev­ery­thing else the tyres, brakes and sus­pen­sion are up to. Whether it’s an XJ12 Se­ries 3 or a mid-1990s XJR, there’s noth­ing quite like a Browns Lane barge for cover­ing ground quickly and in com­fort. SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS (XJ12 Se­ries 3) EN­GINE 5343cc/V12/OHC POWER 291bhp@5500rpm TORQUE 320lb ft@3250rpm TOP SPEED 140mph 0-60MPH 8.1 sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 12-18mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, three­speed au­to­matic

WHAT TO PAY // CON­COURS £8K // EX­CEL­LENT £5K // US­ABLE £2.7K // PROJECT £1.2K

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