Jaguar XJ12

The Jaguar XJ12 is a luxury saloon car that the manufacturer produced from 1972 to 1992. The car is similar to the XJ6, but it has a longer wheelbase. It is one of the last cars designed with the involvement of Sir William Lyons, and it's considered his personal favorite. Like its XJ-Series counterpart, the XJ12 is one of the most important cars created by Jaguar. By the end of 1992, Jaguar produced more than 310,000 XJ6 and XJ12 Jaguars.

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About the Jaguar XJ12

The Jaguar XJ12, along with the XJ6, is one of the most iconic luxury sedans. The XJ12 is one of the few cars that offer the performance of a sports car and the refinement of a luxury car. The experience of driving a Jaguar XJ12 is not just amazing; it's unforgettable. Current Jaguar design director Ian Callum grew up at a time when the Jaguar XJ12 was at its best. At the time of its launch, the XJ-Series and the Jaguar XJ12 boasted a brand new design and unmatched ride quality, which made the car a classic.

1992 Jaguar XJ12 Features

The Jaguar XJ12 went out of production in 1992, and it is considered to be a part of a redesigned XJ-Series III. The car uses the same Mark 1 design as the last two series of cars before it, but its exterior is slightly redesigned, thanks to the car design firm Pininfarina. The changes made to the Jaguar XJ12 include flush door handles to improve safety, thicker bumpers with a higher concentration of rubber, and decorative chrome on the top edge. The last Jaguar XJ12 also features a single-piece front door glass. The grille on the car includes only vertical veins. The roofline increases glass area and makes the doorframes narrower than previous models. The reverse lights were moved away from the boot plinth and are now located on the larger rear light clusters.

The 1992 Jaguar XJ12 also features cruise control and a sunroof--two features that are not present in earlier XJ models. A trip computer is also fitted as an optional feature, and V-12 versions of the car have the computer as a standard feature. However, the company stopped the production of all V-6 version XJ cars in 1983, making the V-12 engine the only option. The V-12 engine can displace 5.0-liters and uses Bosch fuel injection.

Jaguar XJ12 Evolution

The Jaguar XJ12 entered into production in 1972. The car has a simplified grille compared to that of the XJ6, and it is powered by the iconic 5.6-liter V-12 engine. At the time of its introduction, the Jaguar XJ12 was the only four-door car mass-produced with a 12-cylinder engine. The car can go around 140 mph, or 225 km/h, and was marketed as the fastest four-seater in the market. Although it is designed to fit the massive V-12 engine, the actual fitting is quite tight, and cooling was a challenge for the engineers at Jaguar. A complex cross-flow type radiator, which is divided into two horizontal parts with separate coolant tanks, solves this. There were 3,235 Jaguar XJ12 cars built in this generation.

In 1973, the Jaguar XJ12 was modified along with the XJ6 to become a part of the Series II. The 5.0-liter V-12 Jaguar XJ12 continued with another option of a 3.4-liter XK engine from 1975. This series of the Jaguar XJ12 differs from the previous one because of its raised front bumper, which is designed to match U.S. road safety laws. This change requires the grille to be smaller, which is complemented by an additional inlet below the bumper. The inside of the car contains substantial updates like a simplified heating and air-conditioning system. About 14,226 Jaguar XJ12 cars were produced before the end of Series II in 1979.

In 1979, the third and final series of the Jaguar XJ12 was introduced. This car has a longer wheelbase. It retains the same 5.3-liter engine, but it incorporated a Bosch fuel injection system. Moreover, the Series III Jaguar XJ12 also has cruise control and a sunroof as optional features. In 1981, the engine was redesigned with high-compression cylinder heads. This new model began production in 1985 as a HE (high-efficiency) model. In late 1982, the Jaguar XJ12 underwent a small upgrade in the interior that remained from the 1983 model onwards. This upgrade includes a trip computer as a standard on all Jaguar XJ12 cars. The popular pepperpot alloy wheels were also added to the Jaguar XJ12.

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1996 Jaguar XJ12

Luxury, Sedan

The 1996 Jaguar XJ12 is a luxury sedan that is a part of the XJ-Series line of luxury sedans that has been in production since 1968.

1995 Jaguar XJ12

Luxury, Sedan

The XJ-Series marks Jaguar’s classic line of luxury sedans.