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Jaguar XJ

Jaguar XJ
Displacement (bore*stroke)
Compression ratio
Engine control
Mixture preparation
Drivetrain designFront engine, rear drive
TransmissionManuel four-speed, overdrive, automatic three-speed (option)
Front suspensionDouble wishbone
Rear suspensionLongitudinal /transverse arm (Jaguar special)
Wheelbase2.760 mm
Length4.810 mm
Width1.750 mm
Total weight
Maximum speed
Manufactured1968 - 1973
PredecessorMark X 420 G

One had still conducted so much for the year. For the flight to the moon in 1969 are needed about 10 years of preparation and 1968, one is quite close to it with a manned circumlunar flight. Also for the latest Jaguar sedan was needed a long preparation. With this car one was close to the first twelve-cylinder engine of the brand, in a limousine not available anywhere else. But unfavorable circumstances have delayed the presentation until 1972.

That did no harm the beauty of the XJ 6. And anyway, the hitherto existing six-cylinder also knew to fill the already prepared in accordance with the engine compartment. There was even a little brother with 'only' 2.8 liter for the first time. Also the very well coped with the finally about 1700 kg heavy sedan. At this engine, considered as a new engine, however, there were difficult-to-troubleshoot problems with the pistons for long periods of time.

The design was the last great deed of company founder Sir William Lyons, who retired in 1972, approximately with the appearance of the V12. Strikes have delayed the presentation. Whether this was responsible for his decision, the integration of Jaguar in British Leyland in 1966 noted of a shocked trade press, or simply his age of 71 years, it will remain his secret.

But what he leaves behind as a designer, the judgments about are quite unanimous. Rarely British design was so tied up to the brand tradition and yet so harmonious pointing in the Modern, a quantum leap without special excitement.

From the side, the changes are particularly evident. Since the lowered beltline attracted attention, the outcome of this was together with the laterally less curved roof a much larger window area. Simultaneously, the hoods fell downwards somewhat less strong. But the up front was so flat that the larger six-cylinder initially did not fit underneath.

The lateral board of the car below the windows was now already shorter. Thus, less was rounded at the same time and the bead, running consecutively from front to back, more restrained. A big win were the larger wheels, or rather rims. Due to the especially larger rear wheel cut-out, the cut-out of the rear door was more harmonious. The rear end of the roof combined with the corresponding windows seemed completely brought into the new era.

How successful the body was, the fact shows that only relatively small changes take place over the next 30 years, some even only be initiated by exaggerated American safety regulations. Was rarely so neatly fitted the subsequently necessary increase of a front hood into the overall picture of the car. The design of this sedan will be a reason to buy for a long time, even though you know that it is not always the best with the quality.

Was taken from its predecessor, the rear axle or better, the rear suspension subframe, USP for Jaguar for a long time. Front attracted attention the now more mutually crossed wishbones, which, together with a modified damper accretion and despite softer springs ensured less inclination to pitching. Up front it remained at the also not quite ordinary fixed-caliper brake with two pistons outside and one inside.

1968 were still possible upper-class models in standard equipment without air conditioning and power windows. Because of the for Jaguar still important export to America of course available for a surcharge. The replica of the cat is also not common up front on the hood, although not attacked by security experts.

But the wonderful tranquility in the interior is well included in the price, in the 'small' six-cylinder no less than in the large. Moreover, "Surround View" from fine leather, burl wood and absorbing carpets. For the driver, there were the fine and complete fittings along with the still labeled serie of toggle switches. For the driver, there were the fine and complete instruments along with the still labeled serie of toggle switches. Together with the three-speed automatic transmission, the smallest motor was to move in a very quiet operation, even well below 15 liters per 100 km. 01/14