Jaguar has taken the covers off two new performance-driven option packs for the flagship XJ saloon. Named the Sport and Speed packs, both options give the owner interior and exterior enhancements. The new specification can be applied to all engine variants except for the Jaguar XJ Supercharged.
The Sport Pack comprises of a number of exterior and interior design options that enhance the appearance of the XJ. Changes to the bodywork and a unique alloy wheel design make up the bulk of the changes. The front of the car gets an aerodynamic splitter, whilst the rear gets an extended bootlid lip. Overall, the Sport Pack achieves a 0.29Cd aerodynamic figure.
The Jaguar radiator grille gets a glossy black mesh finish with the same treatment applied to the lower air opening and side vents. Red brake calipers are fitted with the new 20 inch ‘Venom’ five-spoke alloy wheels with a silver finish. A newly designed split twin tailpipe exhaust will be available as part of the package from a later date.
The Sport Pack also offers interior changes. The front seats are Jaguar’s Performance version. They are trimmed in softgrain leather and feature active ventilation. Stainless steel pedals engraved with the Jaguar name are also included. Two interior colour trims are available, Jet over Jet or Jet over Ivory. Finally, Piano Black trim is contrasted in the Sport models by carbon fiber highlights.
The Sport Pack is available for nearly all engine variants, including the twin-turbo diesel, market-specific 3.0 V6 petrol and naturally-aspirated 5.0 liere V8. On supercharged V8 models, the Sport pack can be combined with the Speed Pack. The essential component of this pack is a raised electronically limited maximum speed from 250km/h to 280km/h.
The only changes made to the performance of the car was a recalibrated engine management system, reworked software for the innovative virtual instrument display and an adjustment to the tyre pressure monitoring system to take into account the heat generated by sustained high-speed motoring.