1997 Jaguar XJR

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1997 Jaguar XJR Review

A powerful high-end sport sedan.

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The 1997 Jaguar XJ-Series is a classic line of luxury sedans. Despite the conservative styling, powerful engines lurk under the hoods. The XJR is a modified version of the XJ6. The supercharged, 4.0-liter, six-cylinder engine is so powerful that it actually outperforms the discontinued twelve-cylinder equipped XJ12. It also offers the closest thing to sports car performance. Its luxury interior features the same opulence that the high-end XJ12 had. The sports suspension provides it with a smooth, comfortable ride, even at elevated speeds.

Almost every major luxury feature is standard equipment on the 1997 Jaguar XJR, including climate control and a premium audio system. It offers amazing performance and luxury. However, some drivers might question whether this is the best choice. Drivers might be more interested in a dedicated sports car with luxury accessories rather than a luxury sedan with a sports car supercharged engine.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.0-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar XJR

What's New

The 1997 Jaguar XJR gains three-point seatbelts for the rear passengers.


Measuring in at 197.8 inches long, the 1997 Jaguar XJR is a fairly large four-door sedan. The graceful curves provide a mix of modern design to the classic luxury feel. Fog lights and alloy wheels are standard equipment. Despite the different model designation, it is identical to the XJ-Series sedans.


The 1997 Jaguar XJR is better equipped than the already luxurious Jaguar XJ6. To make it just as enjoyable for the driver to operate, it includes 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 an enjoyable passenger experience. 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 1997 Jaguar XJR is actually substantially more powerful than the 4.0-liter, six-cylinder-equipped XJ6. The difference is not that much, but it is noticeable. The supercharged engine offers amazing acceleration and top speed with its 322 horsepower (hp) output. It corners extremely well. The sports suspension gives it a slight advantage over the XJ6 when operating at higher speeds, beyond a superior top speed and better acceleration.


The 1997 Jaguar XJR comes with standard safety equipment includes dual front airbags, traction control, and four-wheel antilock brakes. Excellent maneuverability and phenomenal acceleration can also allow it to avoid accidents before it occurs.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jaguar XJR: 12/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Prestigious luxury design
  • Supercharged engine
  • Sports suspension

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Aging design

Sum Up

A powerful high-end sport sedan.

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