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Supercharged Cat
2005 Jaguar Super V8
By Alain Gayot

In short: A totally cool, fast and comfortable sports limousine.

The Jaguar people like to simply call it the “Super V8,” but there is nothing simple about this new model. It's a big cat in sheep's clothing, boasting a supercharged V8 engine shared with a few other models. We liked the new XJ series when it was released, and they made this one even better for the “happy few” who can afford to drive it. Peaking at a mere $92,000 it isn't a car for everyone although everyone could definitely like the SuperV8.

On the inside you will find all the electronics and improved mechanical components of the XJ platform. With the Super V8 you simply get more—more extra thick lambs wool floor mats, more wood, more tray tables, more DVD screens, more access to audio components, more leg room, more climate control zones, more sun shades; and yes, for you motorheads, more horsepower and more braking power. You get the point, from comfort details to engine power, the SuperV8 gives you more.

As for the ride, it is impeccable whether you are the one in the driver's seat or relaxing as someone else takes the wheel. In fact, the luxury of being a passenger in this vehicle might be one its makers had in mind when they designed it.


Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile complimentary scheduled maintenance, 24/7 roadside assistance.

Price as tested: $91,395

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Engine: 4.2-L Supercharged V8 engine; 390 hp at 6,100 rpm
-Torque: 399 lb.-ft. at 3,500 rpm

Transmission: Six-speed automatic

Safety: Driver and passenger front and side airbags, side curtain airbags

Top Speed: 155 mph

Acceleration: 0-60 in 5 sec.

Braking: Active brake booster, Brembo four piston brakes

Fuel Economy: 17 city,
24 highway

Handling: Air suspension with CATS, speed-sensitive steering

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Photography: Walter Mladina


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