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Jaguar launches new Sport and Speed packs for XJ

Gives an already stunning car a little more aggression...

In the world of executive saloon cars, the Jaguar XJ stands head and shoulders above the competition in many areas, but the main one has to be in looks. Look at an Audi A8, Mercedes S-Class or BMW 7-Series and they look good, but somewhat clinical, efficient, day we say it... Germanic?

Whereas the Jaguar XJ is a fluid shape, feline in its features, delicate front end and slender headlights tapering back to a long graceful body ending in a taught rear, with claw-like LED lights draped over the back. If there's one thing that could be said for the XJ though, it's that it doesn't look particularly aggressive. Yes, it's graceful, purposeful and even beautiful, but it lacks a certain something for some buyers.

Which is why Jaguar have announced the launch of two new option packs for the XJ - the Sport and Speed packs. 

The Sport Pack includes new aerodynamic features such as a front splitter, rear diffuser and extended rear boot lip. The package also includes 20-inch "Venom" alloy wheels, new quad exhaust tips, gloss black grilles and red brake callipers. For the interior, the Sport Pack also offers Jaguar Performance sport seats and a Piano Black trim.

Buyers of the Sport Pack on the Supercharged XJ Supersport can also opt for the Speed pack, which raises the top speed from 155 mph to 174 mph.

The Sport Pack can be ordered in SWB or LWB on the twin-turbocharged V6 diesel, 3.0-litre V6 petrol and naturally aspirated and supercharged petrol V8's.

"The XJ is much more than a limousine. Its power and potential mean it can out-perform many so-called sports cars. The new Sport and Speed Packs allow customers to enhance that sporting dynamism even further and create an XJ that looks as good as it drives." said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars.

With the addition of these styling modifications and the Speed pack, the XJ Supersport becomes even more of a rival for the Porsche Panamera Turbo, at much less cost. We would take the home-grown product anyway, but this just seals the deal.

Images courtesy of Jaguar

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more