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Jaguar XJ (2010): new spy photos

By Ben Whitworth

Spy shots

16 September 2008 09:03

Jaguar is working flat out on the development of its new XJ flagship – caught here heading back from the track to the company’s test facility on the perimeter of the Nurburgring in Germany. We’ve seen quite a few XJ mules in 2008 both in the UK and in Germany, but this is the first one caught undergoing new engine trials, indicating Jaguar’s rate of progress.

New engines – would that explain this XJ mule's rather ugly nose?

Yes indeed. What’s immediately apparent – apart from the car’s wider front and rear tracks, which we’ve already spotted on previous test mules – is this car’s modified air intake treatment, which in turn gives us important clues to how the face of the production XJ will look.

Details on the XJ’s powertrain line-up have been heavily guarded, but our sources say that as well as all-new versions of the Jaguar’s new-generation 5.0-litre V8 (both blown and naturally aspirated) and heavily revised versions of the bi-turbo 2.7-litre diesel, the company is also working on a forced induction 3.0-litre straight six.

With an estimated 300hp output, the new straight six is said to match the current 4.2-litre V8 engine but post far more wallet-friendly economy and emission figures.

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