Jaguar XJL Models Star in a Game of Drones

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Two drone racers compete for the chance to ride home in the back of the ultimate long-wheelbase Jaguar, the XJR575.

As nice as it may be, a Jaguar XJ with an extended wheelbase is nothing new. However, in the above video, the automaker uses a modern approach to show off how much room the XJL offers in its second row: drone racing.

Jaguar set up a course consisting of three XJLs and 13 gates shaped like the rear doors of the big cats inside of London’s Alexandra Palace. Two drone racers – one dressed in red and the other dressed in blue – in the back of the most powerful stretched XJ of all, the 575-horsepower XJR575, then sent their machines flying through the gates lit in Phosphor Blue and Red (colors of interior lighting offered in the XJL) and the backs of the XJLs at speeds as high as 60 mph.


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Drone racer Brett Collis said, “I’ve been racing drones in competition for years, but this is a first for me. The course was a great test, but the fact we were able to go at such speeds proves how much space the doors of the Jaguar XJL gave us. Despite having to fly through the cabin we were still pushing the drones to their top speeds.”

He and his rival weren’t just competing to show that the five extra inches of rear legroom in the XJL makes the back seating area big enough to fly an aircraft through. If he won, he was going to get a ride home in the XJR575 – and probably a fast one. The XJR575’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8 enables the big beast to charge to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.

So who wins? You’ll have to watch to find out. You’ll see the 2018 XJLs in U.S. Jaguar dealerships this fall. Prices start at $84,500.

Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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