The Jaguar XJ Saloon is now available with optional Sport Pack and Speed Packs. The XJ Sport Pack comprises a number of exterior and interior design options that clearly underline the assertive side of the car’s personality. On the exterior, The Jaguar XJ Sport comes with the addition of aerodynamically optimized changes to the bodywork and an alloy wheel design.
The functional aerodynamic changes of the Sport Pack allow supercharged Jaguar XJ models to be additionally offered with the Speed Pack, which raises the limited top speed from 155 mph (250 km/h) to 174 mph (280 km/h).
The front of the car gains an aerodynamic splitter beneath the bumper to direct air beneath the car to reduce lift, and at the rear the bootlid lip has been extended to ensure a clean separation of air from the trailing edge of the bodywork. While ensuring optimal stability at high-speed, the Jaguar XJ Sport Pack maintains the standard XJ’s sleek 0.29Cd aerodynamic figure.
These changes have been reinforced with a number of cosmetic additions that clearly distinguish the Jaguar XJ Sport Pack-equipped cars from other models. The bold Jaguar radiator grille, a key feature in the XJ’s assertive face with its strong ‘rear view mirror recognition’ factor gains a gloss black mesh finish with the same treatment applied to the lower air opening and side vents.
Red painted brake calipers emblazoned with the Jaguar name are mounted behind new 20-inch ‘Venom’ alloy wheels with a diamond-turned sparkle silver finish to their eye-catching five split-spoke design. Newly designed split twin tailpipes (not available from launch) will leave other drivers in no doubt as to what car has just passed them.
The Jaguar XJ Sport Pack offers interior changes that give driver and passengers a heightened sense of occasion and an indication of the dynamic abilities available. The front seats are Jaguar’s Performance version, which offer superb support for spirited driving. Trimmed in softgrain leather these offer a huge range of adjustment – including the enlarged side bolsters – to create a perfectly tailored driving position. Active ventilation supplies heated or chilled air as required to each individual front seats. At the driver’s feet sit purposeful machined stainless steel pedals engraved with the Jaguar name.
The Jaguar XJ Sport Pack is available on almost all engine variants, including the twin-turbo diesel, 3.0 V6 petrol and 5.0-litre AJ-V8. On supercharged AJ-V8 models, the XJ Sport pack can be combined with the Speed Pack, which raises the electronically limited maximum speed from 155 mph (250 km/h) to 174 mph (280 km/h).