Jaguar XJS

In 1974, Jaguar XJS E-Type sales dropped rapidly despite the presence of the relatively new V-12 engine. As a replacement, the company presented the new Jaguar XJS at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Even though it shared the same V-12 with the E-Type, to deliver a graceful ride, the car was considered to be completely different.

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Jaguar XJS Origins

The Jaguar XJS is a high-performance luxury grand tourer that the manufacturer produced from 1975 to 1996. The car replaced the Jaguar E-Type that stopped production in September 1975. The design of the Jaguar XJS is based on the company's flagship XJ-Series saloon cars. The last ever Jaguar XJS was launched on April 4, 1996. In a span of over two decades, Jaguar produced 115,413 cars. The Jaguar XK8 replaced the Jaguar XJS thereafter.

About the Jaguar XJS

The Jaguar XJS is known for instigating the merger between the luxury sports car brand and British Leyland. Even Jaguar's naming pattern changed as a result of this merger. The Jaguar XJS, a two-door performance car, was named the F-Type. However, the car is considered to be part of the XJ sedan series. Jaguar offers it only as a coupe, marking the beginning of the company's refusal to produce convertibles--a trend that lasted well into the 1980s. Car enthusiasts do not respond to the car with the same awestruck looks that earlier Jaguar cars command.

In fact, for many people, the Jaguar XJS is the line that demarcated Lyons era cars because the company founder was still heading the company when it had started to replace the E-Type. However, the car faced a revival in the 1980s as the company began to emerge from British Leyland control. Today, the Jaguar XJS is considered to be a classic car, a symbol of Jaguar's automotive heritage. It evokes the traditional E-Type era. Ironically, it is the most popular Jaguar ever made because it delivers decent mileage and is also a pleasure to drive around in.

Jaguar XJS Featuresv

The Jaguar XJS got a facelift in 1991, and this revamped model continued production until 1996. It received very few mechanical changes in 1991, but the U.S. market witnessed a substantial change in the new AJ6 engine, which had been enlarged to a four-liter displacement. In 1995, the last major change in the XJS engine took effect with the arrival of a V-12 engine. The 237 hp engine comes available with an electronic ZF four-speed automatic transmission system. Engine management also improved the V-12's performance by 23 hp.

The last Jaguar XJS showed major changes to its exterior. The lines around the body were softer, and the body shell was built with fewer panels than before. The car also underwent rust-proofing treatment. The front end of the Jaguar XJS remained unchanged for the most part, but its rear was unrecognizable from the previous versions. The changes in the rear included modified quarter windows, new tail lights, and new rear windows. A new instrument panel used conventional dials from the XJ40 panel, replacing the 1970s era, drum style engine gauges. The instrument cluster also included a touch of extra veneer, giving the interior a hint of luxury that previous versions of the Jaguar XJS lacked.

Jaguar XJS Evolutionv

The first version of the Jaguar XJS, as mentioned above, met with negative reactions. The car was initially available with a manual or an automatic transmission, but the company stopped the manual transmission production after some time. An unusual V-12 engine powers the Jaguar XJS. People respond to the car poorly because of its styling, as well as the timing of its debut, which was in the wake of the '70s fuel crisis. Overall, the dipping production standards of the Jaguar XJS under British Leyland along with strong criticisms resulted in the car missing out on commercial success.

The 1980s saw Jaguar coming under the leadership of John Egan, after years of struggling under British Leyland. Subsequently, the Jaguar XJS received a high-efficiency engine designed by renowned Swiss engineer Michael May. May increased the power of the V-12 unit to 263 hp in America and 220 hp in other countries. The exterior and interior of the car are also updated, which earns the car a more positive response. During this decade, the Jaguar XJS was finally released as a two-door, targa top convertible and as a full convertible.

Select a Jaguar XJS Year

1996 Jaguar XJS

Convertible, Luxury

The ups and downs of the Jaguar XJS over the years will come to an end in the final year of production before it unveils a new model.

1995 Jaguar XJS

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury

The 1995 Jaguar XJS models take the classic Jaguar XJ-Series luxury sedans and moves them into a coupe or convertible body.