1999 Jaguar XJR
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1999 Jaguar XJR Review
A beastly luxury sport sedan.
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The 1999 Jaguar XJR is a performance-enhanced version of the XJ, a luxury sedan manufactured by Jaguar from 1997 onwards. This car, along with its less potent XJ companion, marked an evolution of the outgoing X300 platform when it was launched. In fact, most styling elements remained the same between the previous generations and this one. The XJR is very similar to the XJ model and has the same exterior and interior characteristics. The biggest difference between both lies in the engine. While the XJ has a naturally aspirated engine, the XJR has a supercharged version of the same engine.
Engines: 4.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar XJR
The 1999 Jaguar XJR has some larger front brakes than the previous models. Other than this, the car remains largely unchanged after the major revisions it underwent in the previous model year.
The exterior of the 1999 Jaguar XJR and the XJ uses the same low roofline, rounded four-headlight bonnet, and wraparound taillight clusters as the X300 model. The two generations can be distinguished from each other by looking at their front fascia. The indicator lenses have different shapes for both. There are some other differences from the previous generation too, such as the front and rear bumpers, the taillight lenses, and the badge and grille surround. The XJR has the same exterior as that of the XJ sedan, except for the supercharger strapped to the car’s intake.
Like its luxury-oriented XJ counterpart, the 1999 Jaguar XJR offers adequate space for four people to sit comfortably. However, five people can find themselves a little too cramped for comfort in the car. Headroom is only average up front, so tall occupants sitting ahead would need to recline their seat. This would usually not be a problem, but it is hardly expected from a full-sized sedan.
While headroom is problematic in front, the back seats have problems with legroom, and tall passengers can find themselves cramped inside uncomfortably. Entry and exit is a little problematic too due to the low roof and narrow door. Up front, the XJR could have done with a better-designed dashboard. Some of the controls present seem awkward and confusing. Moreover, cargo space is not as adequate as expected from a full-sized sedan. Nevertheless, lack of cargo space has always been a problem with Jaguars.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Jaguar XJR is powered by a supercharged, dual-cam, four-liter V-8 engines that deliver 370 horsepower and 87 lb-ft of torque. The engine was made standard just last year after the previous inline six-cylinder engines were phased out. The engine is combined with a five-speed automatic transmission; there are no other options available.
Under the 1999 Jaguar XJR's hood, the naturally aspirated V-8 engine present in the XJ sedan delivers smoothness and power while the supercharged version offers neck-snapping acceleration. With 390 horsepower ready to go, the XJR delivers a huge performance boost to the already admirable XJ sedan. The engine responds very quickly to the throttle and delivers a smooth and steady power increase.
The 1999 Jaguar XJR has a huskier tone than most other models, but the engine is still quite refined. The car has adept handling characteristics and a quick and precise steering response. The improved suspension absorbs more bumps than before, giving the car a more comfortable ride.
The 1999 Jaguar XJR is available with anti-lock brakes and dual airbags as standard along with traction control. No crash test results are available for the car yet.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Classic Jaguar looks
- Better interior quality
- Powerful performance
You Won't Like
- Poor cargo room and fuel economy
- Confusing controls up front
A beastly luxury sport sedan.
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