- 6 litre V12 / 3.6 - 4 litre 6 cyl
speed auto RWD (manual opt)
hp @ 5,500 rpm (5.3 litre V12)
kg / 3859 lbs
The Jaguar XJS was the replacement model for the Jaguar E-Type. However instead
of an evolution of the E-Type's design, the XJS was an entirely
new model designed with the American market in mind.
The Jaguar XJS was based on a shortened-wheelbase platform developed
from the Jaguar XJ12 saloon. The drivetrain was also lifted
from the saloon, and initially comprised of a 5.3 litre V12
engine developing 285 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm and 294 lb-ft of
torque @ 3,500 rpm. This was coupled to an automatic transmission
driving the rear wheels. Some of the earlier models were fitted
with an optional 4-speed automatic gearbox, however these are
In 1983 Jaguar introduced a more fuel efficient and powerful
(299 hp) V12 engine. This model was called the Jaguar XJS HE
(High Efficiency). In the same year a targa convertible version
was released to sit alongside the coupe model. Also a 3.6 litre
twin-cam 6 cylinder version was put on offer.
In 1988 the targa-style convertible was replaced by a fully
convertible electric top. The 333 horsepower XJR-S developed
by TWR was released in the same year.
In 1991, 16 years after the cars introduction it received its
first, and only, major facelift. This gave the car more rounded
bumpers and a revised interior. The changes also included an
enlarged 4.0 litre 6 cylinder base model, and a 6.0 V12 range-topper.
In 1996 the Jaguar XJS was discontinued. Its replacement the
Jaguar XK8 was
based on the XJS floorplan.
The Jaguar XJS would make a great car for someone who wants
a capable grand tourer and something different to a large German
coupe of similar age. Prices for XJS models vary wildly, starting
at around $1,000 (£500) for a project car, all the way
up to $20,000 (£10,000) or more for a mint condition,
low mileage, high spec model.