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!
source/image(PrtSc): Doug DeMuro
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.