50 Years of the Jaguar XJ Series

Added: 23 January 2019

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2018 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest saloon cars ever produced: The Jaguar XJ series.

The XJ series was always destined for a place in the history books. The first XJ was the last Jaguar overseen by the company’s founder, Sir William Lyons; when the first model, the Jaguar XJ6 was released, its impression on the public was immediate. Over the subsequent 50 years, the design has evolved and adapted to changing times, but one thing has remained constant since Lyons’ days: every vehicle in the Jaguar XJ series offers a masterclass in high-end elegance in order to provide a truly outstanding experience to the driver.

The eternal popularity of the Jaguar XJ series

It would be a fool’s errand to try and list every reason the Jaguar XJ series has enjoyed such success, but there are a few uniting factors that anyone who has ever driven an XJ tends to comment on.

The first is the ride itself. All the models in the XJ series are famed for the quiet serenity they offer to the driver; the cabin noise is minimal, creating a sense of a highly luxurious cocoon. The drive itself is also blissful in its serenity; the steering is nimble, the grip exceptional, and the suspension comfortable.

These features may now seem familiar to any Jaguar driver but, upon the release of the first Jaguar XJ6, they were truly revolutionary. Since the first model, Jaguar has built and improved upon the design elements and features in order to ensure that every single model continues to live up to the series’ stellar reputation.

Highlights of the Jaguar X6 series

  • The maiden XJ6 developed 246 BHP, was capable of reaching 60 mph in less than nine seconds and had a top speed of 124 mph. It was an immediate hit with the public and, to this day, enjoys worldwide appreciation
  • 1973 saw a more extensive overhaul of the core design with the introduction of the Jaguar XJ12 becoming the world’s only mass-produced 12-cylinder car, with a new top speed of 140mph and a 0-60mph time of just 8.5 seconds
  • 1995 was something of a bumper year for the XJ series, with classic styling reintroduced to the XJ6, a new 313 BHP version of the XJ12, and the introduction of the supercharged XJR, which became the fastest car of the year with a 0-60mph time of 6.6 seconds
  • 2004 saw another leap forward for the XJ series with the XJ8, which came complete with a lightweight aluminium monocoque body, making Jaguar one of only two manufacturers to use such technology at the time
  • In terms of styling, the XJL - released in 2011 - was something different entirely, introducing a roofline more akin to the classic Jaguar sports coupes to the XJ series. In 2013, the XJL underwent a further upgrade with a supercharged 340 BHP V-6 and, in 2016, an infotainment system named InControl Touch Pro was introduced
  • To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Jaguar released a special edition XJ50, complete with a 340 BHP 3.0 litre supercharged V6.

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