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  Jaguar XJS

Jaguar XJS
Displacement (bore*stroke)
Compression ratio
Engine control
Wheelbase2.590 mm
Length4.860 mm
Width1.790 mm
Height1.250 mm
Kerb weight
Maximum speed

The most expensive car from Jaguar was so far the XJS from 1975. But was it also qualitatively the best? In any case, its start was delayed by 3 years. Accordingly long thus had to wait for it, the new V12. Hard to believe that William Lyons, the Director and actual guarantee of Jaguar's success said to have been significantly involved at its design for the last time, so little it resembled previous models. However, the Italian designer Vignale was allegedly also involved.

At Jaguar, therefore, not only the management had changed, but also the pricing policy. Anyway, thhe XJS would have it far hard enough after the E-type, and never really be regarded as the legitimate successor. It was said that America is to blame for this development, especially the demands for comfort there and the safety regulations which had become much more stringent.

Three quarters of the production were directly influenced thereof and a limousine coped with such requirements significantly better than a coupe. With respect to safety, the splitted bumpers one can still describe as successful. There, some contemporary looked more worse. Also, a certain aristocratic restraint was not to deny it.

But that it had even taken some detail from the E-type, one can not say. The mere belt line spoke volumes, instead of as there extremely low, but here deliberately drawn upwards. But the XJS was also not a most rational car with almost five meters in length and in principle without any space on the back seat. It seemed as a car for people who have achieved everything in life and now want to enjoy as long as possible without any risk at any price.

Did that made it perhaps sympathetic? Probably not. But significantly heavier and more expensive, which in turn accounted not much for such target clientele, not even in the just not yet ended economic crisis. But then the quality must be perfect and that the just did not.

This began with a dashboard which, although made of plastic, but unnecessarily even reminiscent of the nut tree wood probably gone forever lost. After all, plain alternatives are available. The constructive defects included, e.g., also windscreen wipers, made a standard Beetle all honour, but not a car that easily skips the 60,000 DM border. Although German journalists may prefer German products, but the last places for the XJS was probably not to be doubted.

There were, for example, the processing deficiencies that hampered the sale of this Jaguar and made resale almost impossible. Maladjustments at the body and shortcomings in the interior assembly were spread. Even the tests of Top Gear show provocatively often the car at the petrol station. Its consumption was apparently easily to bring about more than 20 liters per 100 km.

Thereby, very good features were also made available for it. It was classified as one of the best travel car ever except for the seat ergonomics, with a very well-tuned spring system and a motor that never became loud. These were features that previously only Rolls-Royce were attributed to, while driving on a proverbial pebble path at the entrance of the villa. 05/14

Jaguar XJS before 1981 seem like being swalllowed by the earth