2015 Jaguar XJR Review

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2015 Jaguar XJR Overview

So you’ve had your eye on a 2015 Jaguar XJ, and your bonus was larger than expected. With that extra cash, perhaps you’ll want to step up to the British/Indian automaker’s flagship 2015 XJR full-size luxury sedan that features all the bells and whistles of the XJ lineup along with a slew of added power, posh and panache, not to mention a hefty price tag.

In any case, the 2015 XJR comes in one of a pair of wheelbases, just like its XJ cousins. The standard 119.4-inch wheelbase iteration and the stretched-out 124.3-inch wheelbase (LWB) version offer 201.9 inches and 206.8 inches of overall length respectively, giving the XJR LWB a few added inches of rear-seat legroom. Alas, the traditional roof swoop with its rear headroom challenges remains the same in both lengths. Oh, and trunk space in both variations is a fairly hefty 15.2 cubic feet.

Essentially unchanged for 2015, this top-shelf XJ justifies its “R” rating with, among other things, a heavily tweaked version of the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 powerplant that’s standard in the XJ Supercharged trim. Mated with the traditional 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission (with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters), the up-powered super-force-fed V8 throws down 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, scoots from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds and, delivered only in rear-wheel-drive (RWD) configuration, gets 15 mpg city/23 highway.

Cool exterior appointments for either the regular-length or stretched 2015 XJR remain 20-inch alloy wheels mounting performance tires, a rear spoiler, heated power-adjustable mirrors and a power sunroof. Also adorning the profile of this elegant screamer are bright red brake calipers, an “R”-tuned suspension, a front air splitter and quad exhaust pipes.

Inside, look for leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable sport front seats, full power accessories, a heated steering wheel and memory for driver's settings. Of course, cruise control comes standard, as does telescoping tilt-wheel steering, while further standard convenience bling includes a remote garage door opener, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, front and rear parking sensors, and a rear-view camera. Meanwhile, everyone’s kept comfy via standard 4-zone auto climate control.

Returning standard techno-goodies, finally, include Bluetooth calling and audio streaming, hard-drive-based navigation and an 825-watt Meridian stereo boasting 20 speakers, satellite radio and an 8-inch video monitor that integrates the various infotainment functions.

Believe it or not, this well-equipped Jag has a few options packages, with perhaps the most noteworthy being the Premier Rear Seat Package boasting rear-seat DVD entertainment, upgraded leather upholstery, memory for rear-seat passenger settings and comfort-oriented front seats taking the place of the standard sport seats. An available Illumination Package, as well as upgraded wheels, a carbon fiber engine cover and a heated windshield all return as further options for the 2015 XJR.

Standard safety features aboard both the regular-length and LWB XJR iterations include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, cornering lights and adaptive high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights. A remote antitheft alarm also comes standard, while an available Adaptive Cruise Control package offers adaptive cruise control with forward-collision warnings and emergency braking assist.

By the way, should your bonus turn out to be not so large, the less expensive but nonetheless high-end Jaguar XJ lineup for 2015 is covered separately.

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