Jaguar XJR 575 2017 UK review

Jaguar XJR 575

Super-saloon is super slick, dynamic, luxurious and fast in a straight line, but the XJR 575 lacks the modern sophistication of its newer, fitter rivals

Here’s Jaguar’s luxury express, the XJR, fresh from a 25bhp power boost that forms the sole performance tweak imparted upon the 2018 Jaguar XJ line-up.Following a left-hook drive in the aspirational climes of sun-drenched Portugal, we’re now sampling the XJR 575 (as in 575PS, or 567bhp) in right-hand-drive form in the more pragmatic context of a slushy December morning near Slough.As a refresher, the XJ engine line-up includes two 3.0-litre V6s: a 296bhp diesel and 335bhp petrol, both of which can be had in standard-wheelbase or long-wheelbase form, the latter with an extra 125mm between its axles. Then there are two versions of the evergreen range-topper, the 5.0-litre V8 with a twin-vortex supercharger: the 503bhp LWB Autobiography and the SWB 575 we’re driving today.All models use 8HP-series eight-speed torque converter automatic gearboxes from ZF and are only available with rear-wheel drive in the home market.In addition to the extra, ECU-liberated grunt, the 575 is differentiated from the previous XJR by the likes of special kick-plates, diamond-stitched leather upholstery and ‘575’ badges inside and out.

Source: Autocar Online

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