Jaguar’s final 300 current-gen XJs are all going to America
This late into the lifecycle of its full-size luxury sedan, Jaguar’s deal is simple: If you want to grab the last of the current-generation V-8 XJs, your sole option is to order one with “XJ Collection” exterior badging and “XJ One of 300 Collection” metal tread plates, all of which will cost you $85,000. Jaguar made the announcement at this year’s Los Angeles auto show.
If this sleek Brit strikes your fancy, this is a pretty decent deal. While the current X351-generation of Jaguar’s full-size sedan has been with us for a decade now, that doesn’t mean it has lost its big cat appeal. In fact, with a long-wheelbase chassis, a supercharged V-8 and acres of fine leathers, it remains as classy of a ride as ever, which lines up with what former design chief Ian Callum told me about it just a year ago:
“I really like the last one that we did (2009), because it breaks the mold. I don’t think the XJ should have gone through all the traditional design phases it did. I think it should have been more revolutionary each time…This XJ is eight years old now, and it still looks okay. That’s important. A Jag should always look good, even when it’s old. I still love it. We had an XJR575 on the drive to the Paris Show, and I was watching it on the road, and it really made me want to buy one. It’s a lovely car.”
Still, this lovely car is now at its final stage after nine years on the market, with just 300 more units destined exclusively for America. All of those XJ Collections will be long-wheelbase, rear-wheel drive Jaguar XJL Supercharged models packing the 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 with 470 horsepower. You also get door panels with “a gloss rich oak veneer with linear laser inlay,” something you won’t find in any other XJ variant. As usual, the steering wheel is a combination of a wood and leather, and the dashboard is completely leather-wrapped as well, featuring an XJ Collection One of 300 intaglio.
Satin gray, 20-inch, five-split-spoke wheels from the short-wheelbase XJ Supercharged complete the looks, along with a Collection badge fixed to the decklid. Your color combination choices on the final 300 will be limited to Yulong White or Santorini Black exterior paired with Ebony/Ebony or Mineral/Ivory interiors, as well as a British Racing Green body with an Ebony/London Tan cabin.
At $85,000 it comes fully loaded, apart from the option of a heated windshield. Given the huge farewell discount, that’s almost a bargain.