Jaguar XJR

Over the years, the Jaguar XJR has been modified along with changing road regulations. The Jaguarsport brand name was cancelled in 1994 with the launch of the X300 cars, and the Jaguar XJR as we know it today began production.

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Jaguar XJR Origins

The Jaguar XJR offers a supercharged version of the XJ-Series. It was first produced with the rehashed X300 that began production in 1994. Each version of the Jaguar XJ thereafter had its own XJR version, including the latest X351 Jaguar XJ. Before this, Jaguarsport produced the XJR version of the Jaguar XJ6 and XJ12 separately, in collaboration with TWR--Tom Walkinshaw Racing. After 1994, the sport version was produced in-house and sold by Jaguar alone. TWR had already been producing racing versions of Jaguar cars, including the XJ40s and XJSs. The company also provides Jaguar with body kits, modified power steering, and racing wheels that are not available with standard Jaguar variants.

The need to produce Jaguar XJR cars with TWR came about when Jaguar decided to extend its customer base. Older car enthusiasts prefer the British luxury car brand, but it now wanted to stake its claim with the younger generation as well. The company teamed up with TWR in 1988 and created Jaguarsport, which produced XJR cars until 1994.

The first XJR is a modified XJ6, which has the same 3.6-liter engine as the standard Jaguar luxury saloon car but an extensively modified driveline, exterior, and interior. It includes all of the options that TWR provides, but the badge is that of a Jaguar XJR. Body modifications in this new Jaguar XJR include color-coded rear and front fiberglass bumpers, rear spoiler, and door sill moldings. The front grille has a matte black finish, and the side mirror is color keyed. It also features quad-style halogen headlights and a modified suspension system with special dampers and thicker anti-roll bars.

About the Jaguar XJR

The Jaguar XJR is a sportier version of the otherwise tame and graceful Jaguar luxury cars. From 1984 to 1993, the XJR series sports cars were produced only for the tarmac. The success of this TWR-Jaguar collaboration extended beyond expectations. However, new regulations in 1993 with the World Sports Car Championship resulted in the company dropping out in the 1991 season. Jaguar later ended the XJR project completely, in 1993, and instead began to focus on producing the Jaguar XJR versions of its XJ-Series.

The Jaguar XJR shows the world that the company is not just a luxury carmaker, but also a terrific sports car manufacturer. From 1994 onwards, the Jaguar XJR cars are considered to be the epitome of both luxury and performance.

Jaguar XJR Features

The 2012 Jaguar XJR is a supercharged version of the fourth generation Jaguar XJ. A 5.0-liter, AJ V-8, supercharged engine powers the car with 503 hp at 6000 to 6500 rpm. It can deliver a maximum torque of 461 ft-lb between 2500 and 5500 rpm. The new Jaguar XJR, which is also known as the Jaguar XJ Supersport, can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds. The car features a six-speed automatic transmission system with the signature Jaguar Sequential Shift, taken from the previous Jaguar XJR version.

The Jaguar XJR has an aluminum body and floor pan, with 50 percent of the material being recycled. The front wheels have a steel coil spring suspension system while the rear retains its air suspension system.

Jaguar XJR Evolution

The first Jaguar XJR was launched after the cancelation of Jaguarsport. It made its debut as a high-performance sports car variant and is the first supercharged road car ever produced by Jaguar. The first Jaguar XJR also has the distinction of being only the second road car from Jaguar to use forced induction. The AJ16 inline engine is supercharged to offer 321 hp and a maximum torque of 378 lb-ft. The company uses the Eaton M90 turbocharger along with an air-water intercooler for the Jaguar XJR. Apart from the engine configuration, the Jaguar XJR also differs from the X300 in that it has wider wheels and a more rigid suspension system.

In 1997, the new Jaguar XJ was introduced and codenamed X308. Its XJR version is powered by a supercharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine, and it also features wider wheels, better suspension, wider tires, and a matte black window trim on the outside. In the United States, the window frames have a chrome finish and rain gutters. In 2002, the company produced 500 special edition models of the Jaguar XJR, named the XJR 100.

Select a Jaguar XJR Year

1999 Jaguar XJR

Luxury, Sedan

The 1999 Jaguar XJR is a performance-enhanced version of the XJ, a luxury sedan manufactured by Jaguar from 1997 onwards.

1998 Jaguar XJR

Luxury, Sedan

The long-standing XJ series for Jaguar just keeps building on an already winning trend.

1997 Jaguar XJR

Luxury, Sedan

The 1997 Jaguar XJ-Series is a classic line of luxury sedans.

1996 Jaguar XJR

Luxury, Sedan

The 1996 Jaguar XJR is a variant of the XJ6, sporting a supercharged version of the four-liter six-cylinder engine.

1995 Jaguar XJR

Luxury, Sedan

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

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