The third-generation Jaguar XJ, or X350 as it is known internally, was launched in 2003. Fitted with a range of V6 and both naturally aspirated and supercharged V8 engines, buyers could choose from short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase versions.
Featuring a bonded and rivetted aluminium monocoque chassis that was both 40% lighter and 50% stiffer than that of the outgoing model, the styling of its aluminium body panels was a gentle development of the rounded, hooded-headlight style that had become the XJ-range’s signature look.
Fitted with a multi-link, four-wheel computer-controlled adaptive air suspension, the X350 handled as well as it rode and was the epitome of the Grace, Space, and Pace ethos that had been embedded within the firm’s DNA for half-a-century.
The XJ8 you are looking at here is fitted with the 4.2-litre supercharged V8 engine and ZF six-speed automatic gearbox, a combination that allows the Jaguar to waft its way to a limited top speed of 155mph after passing 62mph in five seconds thanks to 395bhp and 408 lb.ft. of torque.
It’s the rare long-wheelbase version too, so you can do it all in ridiculous comfort.