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Jaguar XJ40

p>Aimed at the luxury saloon/sedan market, the XJ40 was seen at the time as a direct competitor to the likes of BMW and Mercedes. History of the Jaguar XJ40

The development of the XJ40 began in the 1970s - Jaguar wanted to improve on the XJ6 (once voted the safest car in the U.K and due to a fuel crisis (and problems at British Leyland), the development of the vehicle was staggered and no without issues. It was released in 1986 and was considered by many to be both an evolutionary and revolutionary vehicle. Released in 1986 the XJ40 was ornamental in the successes of Jaguar Cars in the 1980s - but stiff competition on the continent from Mercedes and BMW ran through Europe.

The entry level XJ model came with a 2.9 litre engine, six cylinders with 12 valves. The XJ40 came with 148 bhp @ 5500 rpm with a top speed of 122 mph (196 kph); 0-60 in 9.6 seconds, the XJ40 came in at a hefty 1720 kgs.

As with everything Jaguar - the interior of the vehicle is top class. Trimmed with either rosewood or walnut the interior of the XJ40 is what sets it apart from the competition - the seats could either come in cloth or leather.

Special Editions of the Jaguar XJ40

The Jaguar XJ40 has a long lineage before it (and after) - the base model included alloy wheel, anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, leather upholstery as well as automatic transmission. Further models came with added extras - The Sovereign model for example, came with headlamp washers and a six-speaker sound system; SLS and ABS. Later in the 1990s, Jaguar introduced the sport models - available only with a six cylinder engine, came with wider tyres and weighed slightly less. In 1993/94, Jaguar introduced a limited edition model, called 'Majestic' - the Majestic was fitted out by Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations. Other models were developed down the years, such as: Gold (1994), Insignia, XJR, XJ12 and Daimler/Vanden Plas.

Over the years, enthusiasts have upgraded and 'kitted out' Jaguar XJ40s - the vehicle is solidly placed within the hearts of salon enthusiasts and there are online resources for owners who share stories and tips on how to get the best out of your Jaguar XJ40.