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1996 Jaguar XJR Review
A supercharged luxury beast.
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The 1996 Jaguar XJR is a variant of the XJ6, sporting a supercharged version of the four-liter six-cylinder engine. With conservative styling and powerful engines, the XJ-Series combines looks and performance into its classic line of luxury sedans. The supercharged engine so powerful that it actually outperforms the twelve-cylinder engine equipped on the XJ12. It offers the closest thing to sports car performance found in a XJ-Series vehicle. While the XJ6 forms the backbone of the XJR design, the luxury and comfort offers is more equivalent to the more opulent XJ12. The sports suspension provides it with a smooth, comfortable ride, even when cruising at high speeds. Almost every major luxury feature is standard equipment including automatic climate control and a premium audio system. It easily keeps pace in the highly-competitive luxury sedan market.
Engines: 4.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar XJR
The 1996 Jaguar XJR is largely unchanged from the 1995 model. Wind noise is reduced due to thicker side windows.
The 1996 Jaguar XJR is a large four-door sedan, measuring in at 197.8 inches long. The graceful curves provide a mix of modern design to the classic luxury feel of the XJ-Series. Fog lights and alloy wheels are standard equipment. Despite the different model designation, it's identical to the rest of the XJ-Series sedans in terms of exterior styling.
The 1996 Jaguar XJR is equipped with the same luxurious load out as the XJ12. Standard gear also provides the driver and passengers with some enhanced comfort. It features power leather seats, heated seats, leather trim steering wheel, air-conditioning, automatic climate control, AM/FM radio, cassette player, CD player, CD changer, and Harman/Kardon audio create a luxurious passenger experience. Other driver-friendly features include an overhead console, keyless entry, power windows, power heated mirrors, power locks, power sunroof, auto-dim mirrors, cruise control, and a trip computer.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Jaguar XJR is equipped with a supercharged engine that is actually more powerful than the six-liter twelve-cylinder equipped in the XJ12. The difference is not that much, but it is noticeable. The supercharged four-liter six-cylinder engine offers amazing acceleration and top speed with its 322 horsepower output. It corners extremely well. The sports suspension gives it a slight advantage over the XJ12 when operating at higher speeds.
The 1996 Jaguar XJR provides dual front airbags, traction control, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard equipment. Excellent maneuverability and phenomenal acceleration can also avoid accidents before they occur.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Prestigious luxury design
- Supercharged engine
- Sport suspension
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Aging design
A supercharged luxury beast.
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