Jaguar Super V8 alternatives

Latest model: Jaguar Super V8 2006
Jaguar Super V8 2006Although major revisions (through the X300 and, partcicularly, the X308 updates) kept the Mk 2 competitive in some areas against its competitors, the general layout and 'hard points' of the Mk 2 dated rear to 1986 which meant the vehicle was very rapidly being outclassed and losing ground to its competitors, many of whom were now two generations on from the MK 2 XJ. i.e., since the Mk 2 was represented in 1986 at the same time as the Mk 2 BMW 7 Series (E32), BMW had since launched Mk 3 (E38) and Mk 4 (E65) versions of its 7 Series in 1994 and 2001 respectively — while Jaguar was still producing the Mk 2 XJ.



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In September 2002, the all-new third generation XJ (known as X350) arrived in showrooms. While the car's look and dashboard look-and-feel were conventional in look, the vehicle was completely re-engineered. The new vehicle also saw the return of the fabled XJ6 badge, and with it 6-cylinder performance, albeit in a V-configuration.

Like the Audi A8, the X350's chassis and body are constructed from aluminium. While some metal is used in some places throughout the chassis, the X350 has an aluminium monocoque/chassis alike in basic layout to a traditional metal structure, but with two differences; its underbody elements are bonded together with aerospace-grade epoxy adhesives while around 3200, self-piercing rivets are used to create the new Xj's unibody. A traditional metal body would be spot-welded. Interestingly, the construction method of X350 is various to the one Audi employs for the A8, but both methods are considered advanced.

On its own, the current Xj's bodyshell weighs about the same as a contemporary Mini. If the vehicle were made of metal, it is estimated that it would weigh 40% more.