The Jaguar XK8 is an iconic luxury car, and it was a huge deal back when it went on sale — and today I’m going to review it! I’ll review the Jaguar XK8 and take you on a thorough tour of all of its quirks and features, and then I’ll drive the Jaguar XK8 and I’ll review the driving experience!
The XK8 was launched in 1996 to replace the XJS designed by then Jaguar design director Geoff Lawson. It was available in two body styles – a two-door coupé and two-door convertible with both variations featuring 2+2 seating. The car was the first in the Jaguar line-up to use Jaguar’s newly developed 32-valve V8 engine – the AJ-V8 which had a displacement of 4.0 litres.
The XK8 was joined by a more powerful XKR in 1998. The XKR featured a supercharged variation of the V8 engine rated at 276 kW. The engine was shared with the XJR but featured a new intercooler and a two-piece driveshaft.
The XK8 came standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, while 18-inch (standard on the XKR), 19-inch, and 20-inch wheels were available for the XK8 and XKR at an additional cost. Two interior configurations were offered, the sport configuration was aimed at young buyers and had a leather interior with cloth seats while the classic trim featured more amenities.