1997 Jaguar XK8

  • 1997 Jaguar XK8 Base Convertible

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1997 Jaguar XK8 Review

A beast on the road with luxury inside.

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The 1997 Jaguar XJ8 replaces the XJ-S line, and while functionally designed for the same purpose, it shows the refinements and design advances made over the last couple decades. It is a more modern, higher performance vehicle. The design is sleeker and more modern, placing it in noticeable contrast to the often fairly conservative XJ-series. Despite the emphasis on performance, it offers almost the same degree of luxury found in the well known XJ6. The interior might be a bit snug due to the smaller size, but the actual luxury accessory list is almost identical. It is a bit more expensive to purchase due to the higher performance, but drivers looking for a luxury roadster are likely to find it money well spent.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible, coupe
Engines: 4.0-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar XK8

What's New

The 1997 Jaguar XK8 is an all new model introduced in 1997.


The 1997 Jaguar XK8 is a fairly average length vehicle, although it is a little longer than many other coupes and convertibles on the road. It measures in at 187.4 inches long. It weighs in at 3862 pounds, which is little concern for its powerful engine. The look is unmistakably Jaguar. The graceful curves provide a mix of modern design to the classic luxury feel. Fog lights and alloy wheels are standard equipment. Chrome wheels, headlight cleaners, and special factory paint are available as an optional upgrade.


The 1997 Jaguar XK8 is designed to pamper occupants with luxury and comfort. Equipment that contributes to an enjoyable passenger experience includes power leather seats, leather trim steering wheel, air-conditioning, automatic climate control, AM/FM radio, cassette player, a CD player, overhead console, keyless entry, power windows, power heated mirrors, power locks, power sunroof, auto-dim mirrors, cruise control, and a trip computer. Optional equipment includes heated seats, CD changer, and Harmon/Kardan audio. It is almost identically equipped as the Jaguar XJ6.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Jaguar XK8 offers all the performance and handling the sleek, stylish exterior. The 4.0-liter, eight-cylinder, all-aluminum engine offers excellent acceleration and top speed with its 290 horsepower (hp) output. It corners extremely well. Overall, it offers amazing performance that outdoes almost anything else on the road.


The 1997 Jaguar XK8 include stand safety equipment, such as dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. Traction control is available as an optional feature. Excellent maneuverability and acceleration can also allow it to avoid accidents before they occur.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jaguar XK8: 15/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Prestigious luxury design
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable ride

You Won't Like

  • High price tag

Sum Up

A beast on the road with luxury inside.

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