Jaguar XJR Bests BMW and Mercedes; Proves That Big Cars Can Be Huge On Speed Too

Sep 30, 2016 04:28 AM EDT | Claire Ann Austria

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Jaguar is proud and loud with its XJR. So far, XJR is the largest and most expensive out of all three sedans Jaguar offers. XJR is one notch topping the mid-size XF and two steps above the new entry-level XE. This Jaguar's closest is the England's version of the S-class Mercedes-AMG or the complete 7-Series from BMW.

The six-cylinder-equipped XJ Portfolio, XJRs exterior design remains right on point. However with this one, it is cocaine white with black wheels with a touch of chrome. Talking about the interiors now, XJR sports dark brown leather with black trim, which looks good with the white exterior.

Jaguar's automatic transmission is one of the best non-dual clutch gearboxes told. The shifts in this Jaguar XJR possess right amount of kick for a super luxury road buddy. Covered with aluminum body, nuclear-reactor motor and touchy brakes, the XJR seems not a heavyweight, especially for its dimensions. It runs smoothly on the road.

XJR's suspension is the same as that of the XJ Portfolio. This is indeed the right mix of sport and comfort. It is lighter to carry than the BMW and but more hip and sporty than the Mercedes.

Relatively, a S63 AMG starts at $144,000 and the Audi S8 starts at $115,000 however, with this English 2016 Jaguar XJR, base price is at $118,995.

For a more keen observation and evaluation for Jag's XJR, here are the numbers.

  • Base Price: $118,995
  • Tested Price: $122,570
  • Add-Ups/Options: Carbon fiber veneer ($1,575); 20-inch gray wheels and performance tires ($1,500); XJR Chrome Package with gloss black radiator grille, chrome front bumper side air intakes, chrome side window finishers, chrome side power vents ($500)
  • Drivetrain: 5.0-liter DOHC supercharged V8, RWD eight-speed automatic
  • Output: 542 hp @ 6,000-6,500 rpm, 502 lb-ft @ 3,500-4,000 rpm
  • Curb Weight: 4,134 lb
  • Fuel Economy: 15/23/18 mpg (EPA City/Hwy/Combined)

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