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Old 07-25-2013, 07:02 PM
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With a 14.9-second elapsed time in the quarter mile, the XJR is the second-fastest Ford product sold in America (the Mustang Cobra SVT does the deed in 14.8).
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Thanks for that, Plums



[wistfully] I can remember when 0-60 in 6.6 seconds was consider pretty respectable. Nowadays it only rates a yawn !


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Hey, the Cobra SVT was not considered a slouch by any means

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I like anything that speaks well of the old XJR/6s

Jaguar really *did* do a decent job of combining performance and luxury with those first XJRs. Pretty darn capable machine for its time.

It's just that designs have advanced SO far since then.....

Being a bit nostalgic the big straight-6 does something for me. "Big straight-6" and "Jaguar" just naturally go hand-in-hand

It wasn't very heavily promoted. I think Jaguar viewed it as a trial run for bigger and better things. But, importantly, it was a very clear departure from Jaguar. For far too long Jaguar lost any performance image. The XJR proved there was more to Jaguar than prestige, elegance, and looking good as you arrived at the opera.


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Well as you know from other threads, I don't compare the XJR/6 unfavourably with the X308 xjr at all. Just wish it had all three adjustments in the front suspension while retaining the conventional wheel bearing and all those lovely grease nipples. And the dash is *much* nicer.
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The rationale of eliminating camber adjustment is beyond me.

I agree on the dash. Actually, I like the X300 interior styling better overall. To my tastes, Jaguar got carried away with the swoops-and-curves theme on the X308 cars.

0-60 in 5.3 seconds is very attractive, though :-)

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The rationale of eliminating camber adjustment is beyond me.

I agree on the dash. Actually, I like the X300 interior styling better overall. To my tastes, Jaguar got carried away with the swoops-and-curves theme on the X308 cars.

0-60 in 5.3 seconds is very attractive, though :-)

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Well, they added camber back in the X308. Took away those lovely grease nipples and adjustable wheel bearings. Wonder if google is going to notice all those lovely hard nipples on this page

0-60 in 5.3 ... how many times do you actually do that anyways?
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I don't like any of the internal or external cosmetic revisions implemented in the X308, aside from, perhaps, the gauge cluster. For example, I'd take the X300's wood trim door 'panels' over the X308's 'blobs' any day. I really think the X300 has the nicest interior design I've ever seen. I'm not talking about the quality of the finish, just the design/layout. I think it's beautifully balanced.
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I second Oubadah...except the guage cluster..I much prefer the X300's. Perhaps because we got both S-Types before I found the X300....but when I look inside an X308, it just screams "S-Type" at me. (and that's not so much a good thing...cuz the S-types - both newer and with less miles on the clock - haven't been nearly as reliable as the old girl)

Jaguar....why-o-why do you produce your best effort ever for only 3 yrs?
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