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Jaguar XJ (2010) spy photos
01 December 2008 16:36
What about the power?
The registration of the car in our pictures – VX58 GCZ – tells us this mule is running the new 4997cc engine. It’s Jaguar’s latest V8 with direct injection and available with or without a supercharger. In forced-induction guise you’ll get a meaty 500bhp, while the naturally aspirated motor will still kick out a satisfactory 400bhp. We’ll see this engine for the first time when it’s unveiled in the XF-R at the Detroit motor show in January 2009.
A new 3.0-litre turbodiesel will provide oil-burning power in the next XJ. Developed from the current PSA-Ford twin-turbo 2.7-litre V6 diesel, the new motor should lift power and torque from today’s 204bhp/320lb ft to nearly 250bhp and over 350lb ft.
Matched to the lightweight aluminium body, it should make the next-gen XJ one of the cleanest and most economical cars in its limo class. We’ll see the new car in 2009, probably at the Frankfurt motor show, before sales start in early 2010.
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