RELIABILITY: Jaguars have improved hugely in this area over the last few years and there is no reason to believe that the S-Type won´t continue the trend. But don´t bank on German standards of dependability yet - it remains unproven.
MORE: Both the XK8 and XKR are electronically limited to a maximum of 155mph (250km/h), lower than the top speed of its predecessor. The XK8 heralded a change in direction for the company, resulting in the S-Type and X-Type.
Both the XK8 and XKR come standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, and 19 and 20-inch wheels are available for additional cost. A navigation system and self-leveling xenon headlamps come standard with the XKR and as options for the XK8. Jaguar´s Adaptive Cruise Control is an optional feature available on both models. Both come with all-leather interior, burl walnut trim, and side airbags. In 2005 the grille design of the XKR was refreshed.
COMMENTS: In Europe the 4.2-S was unveiled at Geneva on March 1, 2005. This was the last XK to be rolled out that was based upon the original 1996 design. Features for the 4.2-S Four included new exterior and interior colours and two distinct veneer options for the instrument panel, polished door treadplates with chequered-flag emblems and embossed, leather-edged floor mats. The revised white Jaguar badge on the bonnet also feature chequered accents. New 19" Atlas wheels plus cross-drilled Brembo brake discs, red wheel badges and red brake calipers were also fitted
4.2 Supercharged V8
JAGUAR XK8 (1997 - )
TYPE: 2-Door Coupe, 2-Door Convertible.
SIZE: 4775 x 2006
RELIABILITY: Niggling faults generally sorted out under excellent warranty package and no long-term problems in sight.
MORE: OCT 1996 Jaguar XK8 4.0 (290 bhp) rear wheel drive Coupe and Convertible launched in UK with 5-speed automatic transmission, independent double wishbone suspension, anti-lock brakes and power assisted steering. Equipment includes alloy wheels, electric windows/mirrors, air conditioning, electric seat adjustment, electric hood (on Convertibles), choice of Sports or Classic interior trim (with optional leather upholstery). CATS active suspension system optional on Coupe.
OCT 1997 CATS suspension package optional on Convertible. Revisions: light sensitive headlamp switching; auto dipping rear view mirror.
MAY 1998 XKR 4.0 Supercharged Coupe and Convertible (370 bhp) launched with uprated CATS suspension, 18" alloy wheels, Sport Leather pack, cruise control, headlamp washers and CD autochanger.
SEP 1998 Revisions: Servotronic II power steering and detailed engine modifications on XK8.
COMMENTS: The current XJ Series continues the fine Jaguar tradition. V8 engines have transformed this big Saloon for the better as has the cramped interior. Absolutely obedient handling with a superb 5-speed automatic gearbox make this a real drivers car. The XK8 is a Grand Tourer for the Millennium, brilliant ride, refinement and sky-high image. One of the worlds most desirable cars also the most-fun since the E-type.