Prototype XJ spied testing at the Nurburgring
26 August 2008

Our spy photographers have snapped a prototype of the next-generation Jaguar XJ being put through its paces at the Nurburgring.

Although hidden under bodywork from the current car, the test mule’s blistered wheelarches and extended front end give a good indication of the crucial model’s larger external dimensions.

Jaguar insiders have previously told Autocar that the new XJ, which uses the internal code X351, uses the aluminium chassis of the current XJ but wears all-new bodywork. According to one source who has seen the car in the metal, “It looks like the XF’s features have been draped over an Aston Martin Rapide.”

Production of the new car is scheduled to begin late next year, with Jaguar hoping that the XJ will be able to build on the massive international success of the mid-sized XF saloon.

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26 August 2008

Here's hoping Jaguar have another hit on their hands.

26 August 2008

Is it just me or does the prototype remind you of a 70s era Tom Walkinshaw Racing Jaguar XJ6 Coupe? All deep front spoiler, extra low grille and blistered wheelarches.

v8

26 August 2008

hope it goes well, what about the poor old x type?

26 August 2008

It's not actually prototype, IMSA. It's a Test Mule, that utilises the current body panels with the new underpinnings.

Though my pedantics asides, I agree, it does look like the Racing XJ6 Coupe......didn't 'John Steed' from the New Avengers of the 70's drive a version of one?

27 August 2008

Good call IMSA - definitely does.

If it's good enough for Steed...

28 August 2008

All they have to do is make it beautiful...

Bring back steel wheels.

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