1998 Jaguar XJR

  • 1998 Jaguar XJR Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      370/387
    • ENGINE
      4.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $65,300
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1998 Jaguar XJR Review

Beauty and beast rolled into one.

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Overview

The long-standing XJ series for Jaguar just keeps building on an already winning trend. For 1998, more power and a larger engine were introduced, melded with successful traits like reliability and refinement to meet the expectations of Jaguar lovers everywhere.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar XJR

What's New

The 1998 Jaguar XJR gets a new V-8 engine that was borrowed from the XK8 coupe and convertible model. It also improves the instrument panel and adds cruise control and satellite stereo controls located on the steering wheel. An entirely new electrical system is also being introduced in hopes of addressing all previous electrical issues.

Exterior

The 1998 Jaguar XJR stylish, eye-catching, and unique while it showcases all the traits that typically appeal to a Jaguar buyer. The fog lights and turn indicators have changed from a square shape to ovals. Meanwhile, chrome wheels come optional and standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, power sunroof, a rear window defroster, and tinted glass. It has a wheelbase of 113 inches, meanwhile measuring at 70.8 inches in width, 52.7 inches in height, and 197.8 inches in length.

Interior

The 1998 Jaguar XJR showcases a standard walnut trim, which has controls that are user friendly and well displayed on the steering wheel. Controls are available for not only the wipers and headlights but also for a telephone and cruise control. An optional telephone, which is dealer installed can be purchased to work with the stereo and can have the buttons double as a keypad or be voice-activated to handle calls and check voicemail. Standard amenities include bucket seats, driver's seat with memory, leather seating, power heated mirrors, windows, and door locks, cruise control and leather steering wheel trim.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Jaguar XJR is equipped with a four-liter supercharged V-8 that's capable of 370 horsepower and 387 lb-ft of torque. It gets a limited slip differential and wishbone front and rear suspension with independent coil springs to make every ride a dream come true. The steering has also been improved to allow for comfortable rides no matter how uneven the highway.

Safety

The 1998 Jaguar XJR offers stability and traction control, along with side and curtain airbags to keep the occupants safe in the event of an accident. It also offers an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with four disc brakes and four ventilated disks that make stopping a breeze.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jaguar XJR: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Reasonable price compared to Mercedes-Benz or BMW
  • Luxurious Interior
  • Powerful V-8 engine

You Won't Like

  • Not having one

Sum Up

Beauty and beast rolled into one.

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