2019 Jaguar XJR Review

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2019 Jaguar XJR Overview

While Jaguar’s XJ executive sedan swathes its passengers in posh British luxury, the XJR adds a few dashes of raw power and panache without sacrificing the comfort and convenience of the standard car. For 2018, Jaguar introduced the XJR575 version of its super sedan, adding 25 horsepower to the car’s supercharged V8 compared to the year before. For 2019, the XJR arrives unchanged, likely due to the redesign of the entire XJ lineup that's due in the next year. Compared to the standard car, the XJR has some aerodynamic tweaks, gloss black trim, vents in the hood, a three-piece front splitter, quad tailpipes, and a rear spoiler along with gobs of extra power and a stiffer suspension. The XJR is only offered in the XJ’s long-wheelbase configuration, which offers nearly five inches of extra legroom over the standard short-wheelbase model.

The XJR’s biggest distinguishing feature is under the hood. While the engine is a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 like the one in the standard XJ, it delivers 575 horsepower, rather than the 470 in the XJ. Torque is an impressive 516 pound-feet. It’s enough grunt to get this large sedan from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 186 mph. With that kind of driving, though, don’t expect a full tank of gas to last too long. The XJR gets 15 mpg city and 23 highway. Jaguar further improved the XJR's handling with sport-tuned suspension and stickier tires. Thanks to its light weight due to the aluminum body and aluminum-intensive chassis, the XJR corners like a much smaller car. The XJR575 weighs over 600 pounds less than both the BMW M760i and Mercedes-AMG S63.

Like the standard long-wheelbase XJ upon which it is based, the XJR575 features ample room. Under the power-operated trunk lid there are 18.4 cubic feet of space. Standard features include quilted leather upholstery; a leather-wrapped, power-adjustable, heated steering wheel; four-zone automatic climate control; a 10-inch infotainment display screen; a 20-speaker stereo; in-car Wifi with 4G data connection; and a USB port. While not quite as high-tech as the equivalent German high-speed sedans, the inside of the XJR575 still offers a premium space.

Big, expensive luxury cars like the XJR don’t get the usual run of crash tests. Standard safety features include front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a driver-drowsiness monitor, and lane-departure warning with active lane control. Optional extras include adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera system.

Unlike the long-wheelbase XJ, the XJR575 is not a chauffeur-oriented luxury cruiser, but a high-speed super sedan. It’s lighter and more driver-focused than its German rivals, but also lacks some of their high-tech features. The next generation XJR likely isn’t too far away. While some may wait, the current XJR is still more than exciting enough.

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Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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