Jaguar’s flagship saloon receives extensive revisions and a 567bhp range-topper

Jaguar has unveiled the XJR575, the most powerful version yet of its flagship saloon, in a bid to keep pace with rivals such as the Mercedes-AMG S63 and Audi S8.

First seen in camouflaged guise going up the hill at last month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, the XJR575 uses the F-Type SVR’s 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine with 567bhp, 25bhp more than the outgoing XJR, and 516lb ft.

That enables a 0-62mph time of 4.4sec, 0.2sec faster than its predecessor but 0.2sec slower than the S63. Its top speed is 186mph.

The hot saloon is part of the updates across the XJ range that come as a mid-life refresh, ahead of a new XJ in 2019. That model is widely rumoured to be pure electric. If true, Jaguar would beat its rivals to having a battery-powered flagship saloon and target core markets such as China.

In the meantime, this new XJR575, available in standard wheelbase only, has tailor-made exterior details, including a rear spoiler, side sills, front bumper and lower air intakes with gloss black surrounds. XJR575 badging and twin bonnet louvres plus 20in gloss black wheels with red brake calipers distinguish the car from its standard XJ siblings. Inside, the model has embossed tread plates, 575 branding and diamond quilted seating in two colour options.

Across the broader range, the XJ gets full LED headlights and so-called ‘J-blade signature’ daytime running lights as well as technology updates to bring the saloon in line with the broader Jaguar range. These include the latest Touch Pro infotainment system using a 10.0in central touchscreen and 4G wi-fi connectivity. New safety systems include Lane Keep Assist, Driver Condition Monitor and Autonomous Emergency Braking.

On sale in November, the revised XJ will start from £59,995, a rise of just over £1000 on the current model. The XJR575 will cost £93,170, £500 more than its predecessor. 

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 takes on Goodwood hill climb - on video

Our Verdict

Jaguar XJ

The Jaguar XJ is a thoroughly modern luxury saloon, and a brilliantly capable one

Join the debate

Comments
12

24 July 2017

oh look you can still get a holden commodore VXR lol

24 July 2017

In order to convey the message of 'performance' or 'sportiness' Jaguar resorts to the cliched standard practice of removing all chrome. The result is an undifferentiatied lump.

All the lines that articulate the shape the standard XJ are gone. 

25 July 2017
abkq wrote:

In order to convey the message of 'performance' or 'sportiness' Jaguar resorts to the cliched standard practice of removing all chrome. The result is an undifferentiatied lump.

All the lines that articulate the shape the standard XJ are gone. 

You can still have chrome according to the online configurator if you wish.

24 July 2017

still looks 10 years out of date..

richy

jer

24 July 2017

But please loose the embossing on the seats. 

25 July 2017
jer wrote:

But please loose the embossing on the seats. 

*lose

24 July 2017

I would imagine it will have a class leading depreciation. Another win for Britain!

Spanner

24 July 2017

Just never made it to the Mercedes, BMW autobahn stormer so did it ?

Peter Cavellini.

24 July 2017

Love the XJ. Not sure of the red highlights and bonet louvres are really what the 'grace' of Jaguar are all about though..Jag already have the lairy R models in the other ranges, i would have thought the XJ could have had the sophisticated performance treatement, but evidently that doesn't exist in Jag these days. 

24 July 2017

For the money I'd rather have a Tesla Model S.  In London it's noticeable how many Tesla Model S's there are, and how few Jaguar XJ's.  The times they are a changing.

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals
  • Hyundai Kona
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Hyundai's funky-looking Kona crossover with a peppy three-cylinder engine makes all the right noises for the car to be a success in a crowded segment
  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    The Citroen C3 Aircross has got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer