Limited-run variant gets higher-specification finish; it's powered by the 296bhp 3.0-litre diesel engine

Jaguar has marked 50 years since the launch of its XJ saloon with this special-edition model called the XJ50.

Revealed at the Beijing motor show in both short- and long-wheelbase forms, the new variant comes with the brand’s 296bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine and eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, which channels drive to the rear wheels.

To mark out its special-edition status, the XJ50 wears bumpers resembling those fitted to Autobiography models and sits on 20in Venom alloy wheels. There's also a black front grille, while body colours offered with the model include Fuji White, Santorini Black, Loire Blue and Rosello Red.

The cabin is equipped with soft-grain, diamond-quilted leather seats with an embossed Jaguar logo on the headrests and XJ50 logo on the armrest. The logo is also on the tread plates, while anodised gearshift paddles and metal pedals add a sporting flair.

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Jaguar design director Ian Callum said of the XJ50: “Spanning half a century, the Jaguar XJ remains true to its heritage with a wonderful balance of beautiful design,  intelligent performance and indulgent luxury that ensures it stands out from the crowd.

“This is a car worth celebrating and the XJ50 pays homage to a giant within the Jaguar brand that we believe is one of the world’s most stylish sporting saloons.”

The XJ50 is available to order now, priced from £74,280. That makes it £13,970 more expensive than the regular XJ.

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25 April 2018

Celebrate 50 years of XJ with a diesel? Lyons is spinning in his grave; total muppetry.

25 April 2018
soldi wrote:

Celebrate 50 years of XJ with a diesel? Lyons is spinning in his grave; total muppetry.

Oh shut up will you?

25 April 2018
manicm wrote:
soldi wrote:

Celebrate 50 years of XJ with a diesel? Lyons is spinning in his grave; total muppetry.

Oh shut up will you?

Er, no. Why should I? Using the diesel engine to celebrate 50 years of XJ is a terrible idea; but please feel free to try to defend it.

25 April 2018
soldi wrote:

manicm wrote:
soldi wrote:

Celebrate 50 years of XJ with a diesel? Lyons is spinning in his grave; total muppetry.

Oh shut up will you?

Er, no. Why should I? Using the diesel engine to celebrate 50 years of XJ is a terrible idea; but please feel free to try to defend it.

Jaguar XJs have always been about grace, pace and space which this car has and then some. So just shut up will you?

25 April 2018
manicm wrote:
soldi wrote:

manicm wrote:
soldi wrote:

Celebrate 50 years of XJ with a diesel? Lyons is spinning in his grave; total muppetry.

Oh shut up will you?

Er, no. Why should I? Using the diesel engine to celebrate 50 years of XJ is a terrible idea; but please feel free to try to defend it.

Jaguar XJs have always been about grace, pace and space which this car has and then some. So just shut up will you?

Exactly! There's nothing gracious about diesel. And pace is not exactly startling.  But if you think 1 out of 3 is worthy enough to celebrate the XJ then you need to learn more about preserving brand integrity and value.

25 April 2018
soldi wrote:

manicm wrote:
soldi wrote:

manicm wrote:
soldi wrote:

Celebrate 50 years of XJ with a diesel? Lyons is spinning in his grave; total muppetry.

Oh shut up will you?

Er, no. Why should I? Using the diesel engine to celebrate 50 years of XJ is a terrible idea; but please feel free to try to defend it.

Jaguar XJs have always been about grace, pace and space which this car has and then some. So just shut up will you?

Exactly! There's nothing gracious about diesel. And pace is not exactly startling.  But if you think 1 out of 3 is worthy enough to celebrate the XJ then you need to learn more about preserving brand integrity and value.

Have you driven or sat in the XJ? No you haven't hence your drivel. Now keep quiet please.

25 April 2018
manicm wrote:

soldi wrote:

manicm wrote:
soldi wrote:

manicm wrote:
soldi wrote:

Celebrate 50 years of XJ with a diesel? Lyons is spinning in his grave; total muppetry.

Oh shut up will you?

Er, no. Why should I? Using the diesel engine to celebrate 50 years of XJ is a terrible idea; but please feel free to try to defend it.

Jaguar XJs have always been about grace, pace and space which this car has and then some. So just shut up will you?

Exactly! There's nothing gracious about diesel. And pace is not exactly startling.  But if you think 1 out of 3 is worthy enough to celebrate the XJ then you need to learn more about preserving brand integrity and value.

Have you driven or sat in the XJ? No you haven't hence your drivel. Now keep quiet please.

sat in? yes. driven? yes. bought? no. too pipe&slippers for me

25 April 2018
soldi wrote:

manicm wrote:
soldi wrote:

manicm wrote:
soldi wrote:

Celebrate 50 years of XJ with a diesel? Lyons is spinning in his grave; total muppetry.

Oh shut up will you?

Er, no. Why should I? Using the diesel engine to celebrate 50 years of XJ is a terrible idea; but please feel free to try to defend it.

Jaguar XJs have always been about grace, pace and space which this car has and then some. So just shut up will you?

Exactly! There's nothing gracious about diesel. And pace is not exactly startling.  But if you think 1 out of 3 is worthy enough to celebrate the XJ then you need to learn more about preserving brand integrity and value.

Given that you're targeting the "worthiness" of celebrating the XJ, you could conceivably discount the MKII XJs which were appallingly built. Do you happen to own one?

 

25 April 2018
aatbloke wrote:

soldi wrote:

manicm wrote:
soldi wrote:

manicm wrote:
soldi wrote:

Celebrate 50 years of XJ with a diesel? Lyons is spinning in his grave; total muppetry.

Oh shut up will you?

Er, no. Why should I? Using the diesel engine to celebrate 50 years of XJ is a terrible idea; but please feel free to try to defend it.

Jaguar XJs have always been about grace, pace and space which this car has and then some. So just shut up will you?

Exactly! There's nothing gracious about diesel. And pace is not exactly startling.  But if you think 1 out of 3 is worthy enough to celebrate the XJ then you need to learn more about preserving brand integrity and value.

Given that you're targeting the "worthiness" of celebrating the XJ, you could conceivably discount the MKII XJs which were appallingly built. Do you happen to own one?

 

 

no fear! But at least those MKIIs were more reliable than the XJ of today.

26 April 2018
soldi wrote:

aatbloke wrote:

soldi wrote:

manicm wrote:
soldi wrote:

manicm wrote:
soldi wrote:

Celebrate 50 years of XJ with a diesel? Lyons is spinning in his grave; total muppetry.

Oh shut up will you?

Er, no. Why should I? Using the diesel engine to celebrate 50 years of XJ is a terrible idea; but please feel free to try to defend it.

Jaguar XJs have always been about grace, pace and space which this car has and then some. So just shut up will you?

Exactly! There's nothing gracious about diesel. And pace is not exactly startling.  But if you think 1 out of 3 is worthy enough to celebrate the XJ then you need to learn more about preserving brand integrity and value.

Given that you're targeting the "worthiness" of celebrating the XJ, you could conceivably discount the MKII XJs which were appallingly built. Do you happen to own one?

 

 

no fear! But at least those MKIIs were more reliable than the XJ of today.

 

It's more than evident that you weren't actually alive during the 1970's. Absolute rubbish.

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