1999 Jaguar S-TYPE Review

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High Gear Media Staff High Gear Media Staff  
May 10, 1999
2000 Jaguar S-TYPE V6

2000 Jaguar S-TYPE V6

Jaguar's S-Type luxury sport sedan will go on sale here in the spring, adding a third line to the product range.

The new model is built on a completely new platform that it will share with the new Lincoln LS. The rear-wheel-drive S-Type has a double-wishbone suspension and a choice of two engines: the new Jaguar-engineered 3.0-liter V-6 or the 4.0-liter V-8. The V-8 is rated at 281 horsepower (hp) and 287 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque. The V-6 is rated at 240 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. Both are paired with a new five-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 will sell for $42,500 and the V-8 model for $48,000.

Among the standard features are a system of voice-activated controls to operate the climate control, audio system and telephone; dynamic stability control to prevent skids; and reverse park control, which beeps to warn drivers of an obstacle behind the vehicle. Also available as an option will be an in-dash Global Positioning Satellite navigation system with Jaguar Assist, an emergency messaging system that provides automated response if an airbag deploys.

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Here's what's on tap for the rest of the lineup, which has undergone extensive revision over the last four model-years.

Changes have been made to upgrade the V-8 4.0-liter engine, which is now equipped with continuously variable cam phasing on naturally aspirated engines, resulting in a stepless adjustment range instead of the two-step system. This results in a significant boost in torque at lower revs. This engine also gets a revised engine management system.

XK8 coupe and convertible get new exterior colors; the convertible top comes in a new color — beige. The XJ Series sedans have modest changes in 1999. The XJR supercharged model gets larger front disc brakes that go from 12.0 to 12.8 inches. Burled walnut replaces stained bird's-eye maple. The XJ8 (standard wheelbase) and the XJ8 L (long wheelbase) and Vanden Plas all get new exterior colors.

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