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2005 Jaguar XJR Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 1 review
Recognized as Jaguar's flagship full-size luxury sport sedan, the XJ model has also been the best selling Jaguar. Adding an "R" delineates the performance trim line.
The XJR shares the same all-aluminum body panels and aluminum monocoque frame as the rest of the XJ line. A supercharged version of the XJ base 4.2-liter V8 spins out 390-hp. Coupled to the line-up's standard ZF six-speed automatic transmission, the XJR can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in five seconds. Owners report 24 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in town.
Like its smaller S-Type R sibling, the XJR shares the exclusive Jaguar Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS) that electronically modulates the suspension to suit road conditions. In addition, this luxury sport sedan comes standard with Brembo antilock disc brakes that incorporate Emergency Brake Assist, traction control, and Dynamic Stability Control. Further safety features include dual-stage frontal airbags with side- and head-curtain airbags.
A classically appointed interior in leather and real walnut trim enfolds passengers. The standard power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, adjustable brake and accelerator pedals, along with 16-way power seats assure a perfect fit. A reverse proximity alarm system assists in parking this full sized sedan. In addition, an adaptive cruise control system uses radar to determine the distance to the vehicle directly ahead and sets the throttle and brakes to suit the flow of traffic. To keep the back seat passengers happy, Jaguar offers an optional DVD entertainment system with two backseat LCD displays. Some reviewers faulted the car's shifter design as out of date and complained about road noise entering the cabin.
Jaguar has wrapped its tradition of tasteful styling with upscale automotive technology and performance into the XJR. It warrants consideration by those who prefer traditional elegance in a full-sized sedan beyond that offered by German or Japanese competition.