WITH the launch of the 2018 Jaguar XJ series, a new performance flagship will join the fray. To be known as the XJR575 the new model variant comes packed with upgraded power from 404kW to 423kW delivering 0-100km/h time of just 4.4 seconds, and a host of unique design features.
Developed in conjunction with SVO, the performance arm of Jaguar, the luxury saloon gains a raft of technology and safety upgreads, including a 10-inch touch screen infotainment system with 4G Wi-Fi. All models in the new range also get state-of-the-art intelligent safety features including autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and driver condition monitoring.
Back to the aptly nicknamed Gentlemen’s Express, the now more powerful XJR575 though, which pulls a thumping 700Nm of torque from the upgraded 5.0-litre supercharged V8 power plant, and features two bespoke exterior colour finishes: Velocity Blue and Satin Corris Grey, a rear spoiler, side sills, front bumper and lower air intakes featuring gloss black surrounds.
Updated XJR575 exterior badging and twin bonnet louvres mark the vehicle out from the rest of the range while 20-inch Farallon gloss-black wheels with red painted brake callipers are the final dynamic flourish. Inside the XJR575 features bespoke embossed tread plates, 575 intaglio and diamond-quilted seating available in Jet/Jet and Ivory/Jet colour options and finished with additional 575 branding.
Across the range, the new Wi-Fi system supports up to eight devices, while the infotainment system offers door-to-door navigation, and seamless smartphone connectivity. Enhanced driving aids include forward traffic detection, adaptive cruise control with queue assist, reverse traffic detection, blind spot monitoring, a 360 degree surround camera system and semi-automated bay and parallel parking systems.
The range includes the XJ Premium Luxury, XJ Portfolio, XJ R-Sport, XJR575, and XJ Autobiography. The models are powered by various engine options including a 221kW 3.0-litre V6 diesel automatic diesel, and three petrol options; the 250kW 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol automatic, 375kW 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol automatic and 423kW 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol automatic.
The entire range will go on sale in Australia early next year, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.