2003 Jaguar XJ8-V8

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2003 Jaguar XJ
Lou Ann Hammond
2003 Jaguar XJ
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The Flagship of Jaguar
The XJ models have served as the Jaguar flagship sedans for more than three decades. Long admired and often copied, the sleek XJ design remains a unique Jaguar signature in the luxury segment. In its last year of production, before the U.S. introduction of the all-new 2004 XJ series in the second quarter of 2003, two high-value, limited-edition, optional extra packages are available for the XJ8 and supercharged XJR models. The Sovereign Package, available on the standard wheelbase XJ8, adds a 320-Watt, nine-speaker Alpine premium sound system, heated front and rear seats, a wood-and-leather steering wheel and wood gearshift knob, boxwood inlaid walnut veneers, chrome grille vanes and splitter, bright mirror caps and door handles and a new design of 16-inch alloy wheels. The package represents a $3,000 value for an MSRP of $750 to the customer. The new R1 Performance Package, available on the XJR, adds a Brembo brake system that includes four-pot calipers, cross-drilled rotors and stainless braided brake hoses and 18-inch BBS two-piece modular alloy wheels. The package represents a $5,700 value for an MSRP of $1,500 to the customer. For MY03, the XJ8 and Vanden Plas models are fitted with Michelin all-season tires in place of the previous Pirelli summer tires. Tire sizes remain unchanged.
STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGY:
Anti-lock brakes (ABS Plus); traction control; Automatic Stability Control; three-point safety belts throughout; pre-tensioning front safety belts with load-limiters; dual front airbags and front-seat side-impact airbags; reverse park control.
KEY STANDARD FEATURES:
Automatic climate control; 12-way power front seats; leather-surfaced seats; burl walnut trim; trip computer with message center; cruise control; 140-Watt AM/FM/cassette audio system; six-disc CD changer; one-touch tilt and slide sunroof; three-position memory system for door mirrors, driver's seat and steering wheel; security system with remote entry and immobilizer; rain-sensing windshield wipers; puddle lamps on doors; speed and audio controls on steering wheel; auto-dimming inside mirror; retractable cupholders; XJ8/XJ Sport options include heated front and rear seats and an Alpine 320-Watt premium sound system.

The Vanden Plas adds premium soft-grain leather; heated front and rear seats; Alpine 320-Watt premium sound system; inlaid burl walnut trim; wood-and-leather steering wheel; writing trays; lambswool footwell rugs and additional chrome exterior trim.

The XJR includes the sport-tuned version of Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS), a two-stage adaptive ride control system that automatically selects "firm" or "soft" shock absorber settings in response to driving style, 18-inch wheels, Alpine premium sound system, heated front and rear seats, DVD navigation system, sports seats, plus exclusive interior and exterior trim.

The Super V8 is fully equipped from the factory, including CATS (touring-tuned), DVD navigation system and dual rear sun blinds. There are no options, but customers can order any combination of available interior and exterior colors at no extra charge.
XJ IN DETAIL JAGUAR OFFERS SPECIAL EDITION SOVEREIGN AND R1 PERFORMANCE PACKAGES FOR 2003 XJ SERIES
Two new, limited-edition option packages for the XJ8 and supercharged XJR headline the XJ Series model changes for 2003. The Sovereign Package, available on the standard wheelbase XJ8, and the R1 Performance Package, available on the XJR, add high-value equipment at a nominal price.

Just 1,345 Sovereign Package models will be offered, and these will be the last of the current 2004 XJ Series to be built before the U.S. introduction of the all-new, technically-advanced XJ in the second quarter Æ03. The package adds a 320-Watt, nine-speaker Alpine premium sound system with six-CD autochanger. In addition, there are heated front and rear seats, a wood-and-leather steering wheel and wood gearshift knob, boxwood-inlaid walnut veneers, chrome grille vanes and splitter, chrome mirror caps and door handles, and a new design of 16-inch alloy wheels. The package represents a $3,000 value for an MSRP of $750 to the customer.

Only 395 R1 Performance Package XJRs will be available in the U.S., building on the success of last yearÆs limited-edition XJR 100, and the XKR Silverstone before that. This new package adds a Brembo brake system that includes four-pot calipers, cross-drilled rotors and stainless braided brake hoses. Also featured are silver-colored 18-inch BBS two-piece modular alloy wheels. The package represents a $5,700 value for an MSRP of $1,500 to the customer.
Timeless design, ageless quality
Introduced in its current body-style in 1995, the XJ sedan still remains a unique Jaguar signature in the luxury category, with a design heritage that continues to inspire imitation. The timeless, classic lines of a Jaguar XJ cloak world-class engineering, high-quality manufacturing processes, and pride in craftsmanship. Partly through the XJÆs solid reputation for quality, Jaguar customer satisfaction has risen to the highest ranks of the luxury category.

All models are powered by the 4.0-liter AJ-V8 engine - supercharged in the XJR and flagship Super V8 û and mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with J-gate shifter that allows manual shifting control in both normal and sport modes.
Super V8: flagship XJ sedan
As the luxury flagship of the XJ model range, the Super V8 combines the supercharged 358 bhp AJ-V8 engine from the performance XJR, with the long-wheelbase body of the Vanden Plas model. The result is an irresistible combination of sumptuous luxury with sensational performance and handling.

The Super V8’s 4.0-liter powerhouse produces a tremendous 372 lb.-ft. of peak torque at just 3,600 rpm, providing zero to 60mph acceleration in just 5.5 seconds. The benefit of the supercharger is that it allows the engine to produce its maximum output under all conditions. That means sensational off-the-line acceleration and muscular mid-range response.

To help endow the Super V8 with the kind of handling agility that belies its luxurious size, it is equipped with the touring-tuned version of Jaguar’s Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS). A two-stage adaptive ride control system, CATS automatically selects "firm" or "soft" damper settings in response to road conditions and driving dynamics.

As befits its flagship status, the Super V8 is fully equipped with features like a DVD navigation system, a 320-Watt Alpine premium audio system and dual rear sun blinds. In fact there are no options offered with the car, but customers can order any combination of available interior and exterior colors at no extra charge.
XJR: supercharged performer
The XJR delivers the kind of performance even few sports cars can achieve. At its heart is the 358 bhp supercharged version of Jaguar’s legendary AJ-V8 engine. This 4.0-liter powerhouse produces a muscular 372 lb.-ft. of torque at just 3,600 rpm, enabling the XJR to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. Dramatic, yet refined, off-the-line acceleration coupled with exhilarating mid-range performance are hallmarks of this remarkable sedan.

The car inherits its name from Jaguar’s XJR prototype racing cars that enjoyed enormous international success in the 1980s and 1990s, including wins at Daytona and Le Mans in 1998, and Le Mans again in 1990. Since its introduction in 1997, the XJR has been thrilling enthusiast drivers who demand sports sedan performance with luxury car refinement.

The XJR’s remarkable road manners are due in part to the sport-tuned version of Jaguar’s Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS) that is a standard feature of the car. Pirelli P-Zero tires (255/40ZR 18) on 18 x 8-inch "Asteroid" style alloy wheels further contribute to the handling prowess of the XJR. Customers looking for an even sharper edge to handling can outfit the XJR with Jaguar R Performance options, including BBS wheels and Brembo brakes.

Monochromic exterior trim, a signature wire-mesh grille and body-color grille surround and trunk lid plinth distinguish the XJR from other XJ models. In addition to all XJ8 standard luxury equipment, the XJR features a DVD navigation system, heated front and rear seats and an Alpine 320-Watt sound system.

The DVD navigation system allows the driver or passenger to program a desired address, or choose from a select list of stored locations, including gas stations, restaurants, golf courses and ATMs. The navigation system provides directions by voice and visual instructions, using Global Positioning System satellites to track the car’s position. The DVD-based system requires only a single disc to cover mapped portions of the continental U.S.A.
XJ Sport adds XJR flavor to XJ8
Much more than a "sport package," the XJ Sport is a separate model that blends the body and powertrain of the standard XJ8 with the sporting flavor of the XJR. Jaguar engineers carefully tuned spring and damper rates to sharpen handling responses without adding undue ride harshness or road noise. The XJ Sport shares its Pirelli P-Zero tires (255/40ZR 18) and 18 x 8-inch wheel dimensions with the XJR, but features its own æPenta’ style wheel.

Exclusive exterior trim includes a body-color grille and trunk lid plinth. Significant for customers seeking an even sportier driving experience and appearance, the 2003 XJ Sport can accommodate Jaguar R Performance options such as BBS wheels and Brembo brakes.

The XJ Sport is powered by the normally aspirated 4.0-liter AJ-V8, which produces 280 bhp and 277 lb.-ft of peak torque. Not only is the XJ Sport capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, but an exceptionally broad torque curve and crisp response make such performance seem effortless. Continuously variable cam phasing provides the proper valve timing at all engine speeds and, along with a tuned induction system, helps the AJ-V8 to deliver 80 percent of its peak torque from 1,500 rpm to 6,100 rpm.

The AJ-V8 is mated to a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission that offers two driver-selectable shift modes, "sport" and "normal". Switching to "sport" mode raises the transmission’s shift points and enhances the kickdown response. Drivers can also control shifting manually with the standard Jaguar J-gate shifter.

Inside, the XJ Sport adds sculpted sport seats to the long list of XJ8 standard luxury features. The short list of options includes an Alpine 320-Watt premium audio system and heated front and rear seats. A DVD navigation system is available as a dealer-installed accessory.
Vanden Plas: space to stretch
Named after the famous British coachbuilder, the Jaguar Vanden Plas is built on a longer wheelbase than the XJ8 (117.9 inches vs. 113 inches) to provide rear seat passengers with an additional 4.9 inches of legroom. The Vanden Plas includes all XJ8 equipment and options and takes the interior to a higher level of luxury.

In the Vanden Plas, the renowned XJ interior warmth is enhanced by premium Connolly soft-grain leather, burl walnut trim inlaid with Peruvian boxwood, a combination wood and leather steering wheel, lambswool footwell rugs and chrome exterior trim. Walnut writing trays fold down from the front seatbacks. The only factory option is a DVD navigation system.

Like the XJ Sport, the Vanden Plas is powered by the normally aspirated 4.0-liter AJ-V8 teamed with a four-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration from zero to 60 mph takes just 6.9 seconds.
XJ8: no compromise in luxury
Jaguar’s XJ8 provides entry into the XJ family. It personifies the Jaguar ideal of understated elegance, refined performance, responsive handling and a benchmark ride comfort û all qualities that continue to make the XJ8 one of the world’s most coveted automobiles.

And the new limited-edition Sovereign Package will considerably increase the appeal of the standard XJ8 in the XJ’s final model year, by adding normally optional features valued at $3,000 for an MSRP of $750 to the buyer.

The XJ8 is powered by Jaguar’s 280 bhp, 32-valve AJ-V8 engine. Highlights of its design include an incredibly light yet rigid aluminum cylinder block, four overhead camshafts, a race-inspired aluminum casting process for its cylinder heads and a world-class engine management system. It is an engine renowned for its broad delivery of torque û it produces 80 percent of its maximum from just 1,500 rpm.

Even without the Sovereign Package, the XJ8 is exceptionally well equipped. Standard features include a 140-Watt AM/FM/cassette audio system with six-disc CD changer; audio and optional phone controls on the steering wheel; auto-dimming inside mirror; automatic climate control with air filtration; burl walnut trim; leather-trimmed interior; cruise control; 12-way power front seats; one-touch tilt and slide sunroof; rain-sensing windscreen wiper; three-position memory system for door mirrors, driver’s seat and steering wheel; plus a trip computer with message center.
Commitment to safety
Performance in the XJ models is matched by the Jaguar commitment to occupant safety. Standard safety technology in every XJ model includes an anti-lock braking system (ABS Plus); electronic traction control; Automatic Stability Control; three-point safety belts throughout; pre-tensioning front safety belts with load-limiters; dual front airbags and front-seat side-impact airbags. The standard Reverse Park Control uses ultrasonic sensors in the rear bumper to detect obstacles behind the car, sounding audible alerts as the car gets closer to an object when the transmission is in reverse.

The XJ’s rigid body structure also uses high-tensile steel for added reinforcement of critical points on the body. And the structure is engineered to absorb the energy of a collision from the front, rear or side before it reaches the passenger compartment. A steel bulkhead separates the fuel tank from the passenger compartment.

Personal safety features that contribute to peace of mind include drive-away door locking, two-stage unlocking, remote panic alarm, and a HomelinkÖ compatible universal garage door/gate opener transmitter

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