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The Car Connection Expert Review

by Dan Lyons

When I was a boy, I used to go out with my dad some Sundays and shoot skeet. For those who don’t know the sport, it basically consists of moving from station to station around a semi-circle and trying to send as many clay pigeons to meet their makers (via shotgun blast) as possible.

One of the regulars at the club was a distinguished looking 60-something Englishman. Although in those days I wouldn’t have known a Harris Tweed from a hayseed, I remember thinking that he looked like he stepped off the pages of an Orvis catalog. This classy British gent was well dressed, well-mannered and well, a damn good shot.

Like that elegant chap, the Jaguar XJR is a sharpshooter, defined equally well by its refinement and sportiness. The hot-rod version of the classic, full-size XJ series, the XJR touring sedan beautifully blends classic British luxury and serious, sporting performance. For those with pockets of sufficient depth to entertain such notions, it is a luxury car of considerable character.

Classic looks, postmodern performance

2001 Jaguar XJR interior

2001 Jaguar XJR interior

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Jaguar’s sedan lineup consists of XJ8, XJ8 long wheelbase, XJR, Vanden Plas and Vanden Plas Supercharged. While the models vary, they all share similar, classically influenced body lines. The XJ6 was introduced in 1968 and the sedans that have followed in the ensuing thirty-odd years have been design variations on a timeless theme.

If the latest generation XJ8 cars have a styling weakness to modern eyes, it is the preponderance of bright work. The XJR solves this nicely by adopting a mesh, body-color grille in favor of the blander chrome XJ grille. Removing the shiny stuff restores the accent on the graceful front-end styling. The side view carries a lot of chrome framing the windows, but attention is drawn away from this by BBS seven-spoke “Milan” alloy wheels, shod with low profile, 255/40ZR-18 tires. A long rear deck with a formal roof line complete the rear view. The big alloys, beefy Pirelli treads and wide mouth dual exhaust pipes give the XJR a purposeful look.

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February 28, 2016
2015 Jaguar XJ 4-Door Sedan XJL Portfolio AWD

The Jag XJLWoderful automobile

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Awesome to drive. Highly recommend others purchase.
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July 2, 2015
2013 Jaguar XJ 4-Door Sedan AWD

Comfortable, enjoyable, smart looking vehicle

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Great performance, very responsive acceleration, luxurious amenities and comfort. I love driving this car. I have always driven only Cadillacs and Mercedes and this car far surpassed my expectations. I would... + More »
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December 18, 2015
2012 Jaguar XJ 4-Door Sedan XJL

Love on the run.

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This car is near perfect with one exception the navigation system. The car is for anyone who needs to be motivated, it spells I'm a achiever.
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