auto1.jpg (11036 bytes)

i

2005 Jaguar XJ8

About Us
Automotive Events
auctions
ClassicDrives.jpg (2693 bytes)
collectorcars
convertables

FamilyCoupes.jpg (2674 bytes)

favoritelinks
funcars.jpg (1915 bytes)
Hot Rods

LuxuryCoupes.jpg (2773 bytes)

luxurycars.jpg (2326 bytes)
minivans
museums
pickups
FamilySedans.jpg (2781 bytes)
sportsedans
sportscars
sportcoupes
stationwagons.jpg (2856 bytes)

suvcompact.jpg (2696 bytes)

suvstandard.jpg (2688 bytes)

suvs

San Francisco: Ever wonder what it's like to be royalty? It's hard to imagine that kind of life - living in an opulent palace, having a courtly staff catering to your every whim, mingling with the world's finest people, fending off the paparazzi and having your most embarrassing moments show up at the supermarket check-out line.

OK, so maybe you don't want everything that comes with the royal life. But having a $90,000 Jaguar in the palace garage could go a long way toward making up for the pictures of your topless wife picking her nose. 

I had the chance to sample the automotive facet of high-class life for a week when Jaguar loaned me an XJ8, the company's flagship sedan. It's a big, stylish, incredibly comfortable car that could command attention at the classiest country clubs.

Only this wasn't any XJ8. It was the long-wheelbase, Super V8 that seemed to have the back seat from a limo, the engine from a racecar, and the price tag from a real estate development.

The long-wheelbase version is new for 2005, adding about five inches in length and $2,000 to the bottom line. The standard wheelbase XJ starts at $60,830, making the extra two grand seem like mere pocket change to get the additional legroom.

Like the standard wheelbase XJ that debuted in 2003, the long-wheelbase version has an aluminum body that offers excellent strength with very little weight. It makes the car feel more athletic than most luxury cars, which is quite a feat considering its supersized dimensions.

Even though the car is entirely new, it looks remarkably similar to its handsome predecessor. There's no mistaking it's a Jag, and the styling thankfully follows the idiom, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Also in the Jaguar tradition is a plush interior covered almost entirely in leather and wood, enough to make you feel like a Prince whether or not you have the right genes.

The test vehicle came with every amenity imaginable, including a wonderfully engineered navigation system and a DVD player with video screens in the front headrests. It had lambs wool rugs, heated seats and steering wheel, and an electric rear sunshade.

It also topped the price scales at $89,995 thanks to its Super V8 package, which featured a supercharged version of the XJ's V8 engine that makes 390 horsepower. That's nearly 100 horsepower more than the standard model.

You'd have to be awfully spoiled to call any $60,000 car a bargain, but compared to the German competition, it is. A Mercedes with similar equipment, performance and prestige would cost thousands more, making the gorgeous XJ seem like the blue light special. It also compares favorably to the BMW 7-Series, especially - some people say - in the styling department.

If you want to be extremely picky - as anyone considering a car at this price should be - the XJ has a couple of downsides. The first is its trunk, which is very long but not particularly deep, allowing only a moderate amount of storage space. The second is its awkward shifter, which makes it too easy to select the wrong gear and make noises that dignified Jaguars just aren't supposed to make.

Other than those minor issues, this car is pretty much perfect. It has a shockingly quiet cabin, excellent driving performance, an interior with a serious "wow" factor, and classic curves that will never go out of style.

Why buy it? Jaguar's XJ8 has everything a great luxury sedan should - performance, comfort and style. After debuting as an all-new model in 2003, Jaguar now offers the XJ in a long-wheelbase version. Rear-seat legroom is limo-like in the new long-wheelbase XJ8. With fold-down meal trays and an optional DVD player with video screens in the headrests, it's like flying first class on the highway.

This car has it all - comfort, performance and style. It's a world-class luxury sedan in every respect. Now if only I can convince Her Majesty to loan me Buckingham Palace for a week. By Bill Siuru  AutoWire.Net - San Francisco

Jaguar Home Page

Byline:  Syndicated content provided by Tony Leopardo AutoWire.Net
Column Name: 
 The Jaguar Super V8 offers the Royal treatment
Topic: 
 The 2005 Jaguar XJ8 Super V8 Long Wheelbase
Word Count:  
 752
Photo Caption: 
The 2005 Jaguar XJ8 Super V8 Long Wheelbase
Photo Credits:  
Jaguar Internet Media
Series #:   2005 - 03

Download the Microsoft Word version here:   2005 Jaguar XJ8

Download the Original Image File here:   2005 Jaguar XJ8 39k

 backtoarticles

HOME

u

l

l

l

 

Publisher - Editor:   Tony Leopardo
Division Name:   AutoWire.Net
Company Name:    Leopard Publishing Co.
Postal Address:    P.O. Box 1011
City, State, Zip:    San Mateo, California 94403
Phone Number:    650-340-8669
Fax Number:    650-340-9473

Join the AutoWire.Net Directory, send your Name, Affiliation & E-mail address to: AutoWire

Send Comments & Questions to: AutoWire

For Additional Photos, go direct to: Wieck Photo
2003 - AutoWire.Net - All Rights Reserved Web Editor -  Tony Leopardo

pw1small.jpg (4402 bytes)

Site Created by PowerTech