5 WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING -

1 MAKE IT FASTER

It’s easy enough, if ex­pen­sive, to ex­tract more power from the V8s. An ECU re-map at £400-500 cou­pled with a cold-air in­duc­tion kit for slightly less money will re­lease use­ful ex­tra horse­power.

2 LOWER THE CAR

If a more ag­gres­sive stance and tighter han­dling are on your wish list then a low­er­ing kit is £300-350. Pre­fer some­thing smoother? Then re­tain the stan­dard set-up and in­vest in new bushes all round.

3 MAKE IT ROAR

Some own­ers find the en­gine note a bit muted, so if you want some­thing more ex­u­ber­ant then opt for a sports ex­haust sys­tem. There’s a lot of choice, but you can ex­pect to pay close to £1000 for a qual­ity sys­tem.

4 BRAKE UPGRADE

Up­rated pads and discs will cost you from around £350, or you could go fur­ther still and look for a set of the Brembo items from the XKR.

5 TWEAK THE LOOKS

There’s plenty of op­por­tu­nity to make your XK8 stand out, so con­sider the meatier-look­ing bumpers and big­ger wheels from the su­per­charged ‘R’. Avoid the temp­ta­tion of large wheels, though, as they’ll harm the ride.

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