Only a few months are left to enter into a New Year and almost every day a big announcement in the automotive industry is revealed. “The sedan that ages well” is a nickname that actually corresponds to many Jaguar generations. One proof we had was the first XJ and facing 2018, this model is about to experience an upcoming renewal. It was previewed for the first time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed but now we can admire its true, final form.
We know already the 5.0-liter V8 over-faded engine of the XJ family that generates up to 550 horsepower, which gave the model a decent status but it wasn’t enough. The market turns unfair when a model gets old and you got to compete against a tough gang of powerful models, as the BMW 7 Series or the Audi A8.
It’s not a surprise when someone says that this version boasts of being the most powerful and refined XJ version.
Comparison is Key
Despite some people may think, we need to fall into ruthless comparisons. Actually, this is a useful way to go when we need to understand the real potential of the upcoming improvement in the automotive industry.
Compared to the previous XJ, the XJR575 is getting an extra 25 horsepower to transform the total from 550 to 575. In terms of torque, 517 lb-ft is going to be the final output, making this model capable of launching from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in only 4.5 seconds with top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).
The visual changes are also quite distinguishable from previous years’ model. The body is the most dynamic variant with new pieces that offer a special aesthetic kit formed by the updated XJR575 logos, a rear spoiler, a specific front bumper, heels, and lower air intakes with the notorious glossy black frames.
Jaguar also included 20-inch gloss black wheels, red brake calipers, new hood vents, and unique badging all around out the exterior. Sadly, the interior is more limited in changes, however including quilted diamond seats with contrast stitching and a set of XJR575-branded door sill plates.
The XJR575’s customer can also choose between two special colors created by the special vehicle division of the house (SVO): Blue Velocity and Gray Satin Corris.
Jaguar In-Control Touch System
The brand-developed Touch Pro Infotainment system that is present in the XJ stills works on the quad-core processor and a 10-inch touchscreen that has improved for major 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Inevitably, this is the effect of tech evolution and despite the lacking on latest safety gear, the Jaguar XJR575 is supported by a highly advanced driver-assist system that includes automatic emergency braking, assisted parking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist.
An extra component that attracts our attention is the Driver Condition Monitoring, which is a quite practical feature. This technology consists of a comprehensive warning system that alarms inattention from the driver due to drowsiness or distractions with the help of a facial-recognition camera.
The price of the XJR575 is still unknown but we could get anything close to AU$118,000, considering the previous model price tag.