Longterm Tests

the second owner. Four years ago he went out to buy a fitted kitchen but the showroom was next to a Jaguar garage and he came home with die XJR instead. Now, with his wife expecting their first baby, the kitchen still not replaced, and the Jag reduced 10 the role of occasional plaything, he was prepared to let it go for a very reasonable price. I was powerless to resist. Which means, at last. I've realised a childhood ambition.

Now, I drove these cars when they were new and in my mind the dynamics were always a bit on the soft side, but my XJR is actually better than I remember. The brakes aren't the sharpest things in the world but they stop the car just fine; the steering wouldn't be on Porschc's list of things to benchmark but it's more direct than I recall, and whilst it thumps and tramlines in a way that belies the basic age of the design, the chassis is capable of taking an increase in tempo without rolling or heaving or making

THE XJR ISN'T AS FAST AS MODERN SUPER-SALOONS, BUT IT'S BRISK ENOUGH TO

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