1997 Jaguar XJ8X308
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"2000 JAGUAR XJ8 X308
Exceptional driving comfort
The Jaguar XJ (name given by Sir Lyon for eXperimental
Jaguar) appeared at the 1968 Paris Motor Show, but it is as early as
1962 that a colossal investment is made for this car which has the
which has the ambition to renew the Jaguar range. It combines
modernism, tradition, comfort and offers a good road holding.
Its line, designed by William Lyons, reconciles purity and classicism and
and it is still in use today.
In 1994, the XJ40 is replaced by the X300 (produced from September
1994 to June 1997), which differs from it mainly by some aesthetic
aesthetic changes. The X300 is the last of the big Jaguars to receive
an inline 6-cylinder (AJ16) as well as a V-twin.
The model which will succeed it (X308) is an evolution of the
XJ X300 which will be equipped only with 8-cylinder V engines
V engines, a first for the XJ. In reference to its motorization, this model is also
model is also called XJ8. This model is only equipped with
with a 5-speed automatic transmission.
The three available engines are a 3.2 liter with 243 hp, and two
4 liters, one atmospheric of 294 hp, and a version equipped with a
compressor version with 375 hp, which is used in the XJR and the Daimler
The model presented is a 3.2l of 243CV with automatic transmission. Its
deep blue paint matches perfectly with its beige leather interior.
beige leather. Sign of excellence, and perfume of the past, the hand painted border
on each side of the car reminds us that we are in the presence
that we are in the presence of a Jaguar, as well as the electric trunk
and the profusion of chrome. The handling of the car is
a treat, and its absolute comfort doesn't belie the brand's aficionados.
aficionados. However, the road test allowed us to notice a lack of power.
a lack of power, so a mechanical revision is necessary before
before we can enjoy the 243 HP of the V8 again. A nod to the
to the mechanic, the toolbox is located in the engine compartment.
engine compartment. So don't wait any longer to take the helm of this little
of 1.7 tons, which will take you everywhere, in an atmosphere of
atmosphere of leather and wood, and if you feel like it,
a sport mode can be activated."