Having previously had the opportunity to drive the stellar Jaguar XJR, we know first-hand just how capable this super saloon is. With serious performance as well as some visual and aerodynamics upgrades compared to the standard XJ, it really is the perfect British alternative for the E 63 AMG and BMW M5.
While the current Jaguar XJR hasn’t been on the market for very long, a facelifted prototype was recently spied testing for the very first time. This prototype can be distinguished from the current car thanks to a revised front bumper incorporating slightly larger air intakes. Also, the front grille has received some minor tweaks. At the rear, a slightly revised bumper is present.
GTspirit Road Test of Jaguar XJR
Mechanically speaking, it is expected that the facelifted XJR will remain identical to the current car. As a result, the same Jaguar 5.0-liter supercharge V8 engine will be fitted which delivers 550 hp at 6,500 rpm and 680 Nm of torque between 2,500 rpm and 5,500 rpm. As a result of this brutal powerplant, the current XJR can sprint from 0-100 km/h in a mere 4.6 seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of 280 km/h.
In a similar vein, the current model’s ZF 8HP 8-speed automatic transmission is expected to be carried over unchanged.
[Via Motor Authority]