Jaguar Palm Beach, a leading Jaguar car dealer in Palm Beach, Florida
, presents an all new 2011 XJ
. From the ground up, the 2011 XJ is an all-new car, sharing with its earlier design little more than the feline leaper and model name. With a grille that tips its hat to the very first XJ—but without any of the cloying retro references that dilute the purity of some contemporary automobiles—the new XJ represents a daring departure from tradition.
The concept of a $100,000 luxury sedan constructed mostly of recycled materials was inconceivable when the first XJ was born. Stiffer and lighter than steel, the new XJ’s lightweight body and chassis are made of 50 percent recycled aluminum—the equivalent of about 12,000 soda cans. The body shell is at least 300 pounds lighter and considerably stronger than a comparable steel shell. The selective use of cast magnesium components for various subassemblies further reduces weight while enhancing strength.
Aimed squarely at the top-tier luxury cruisers, the XJ is available in standard- or long-wheelbase versions. The long variant, called the XJL, provides an additional five inches of length behind the B-pillar yet adds less than 200 pounds to the standard car’s weight. Jaguar anticipates that nearly half of all XJs sold will be the base-model XJL.
The XJ and XJL come in three different models—base, Supercharged, and Supersport—each with progressively greater power output and trim levels. The engine in all three is Jaguar’s aluminum 5-liter, dual-overhead cam V-8 with direct fuel-injection. This powerplant is mated to a quick, smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission, solely operated by the JaguarDrive Selector. Responsive paddle shifters are standard on every model.
The naturally aspirated XJ and XJL, which run on 19-inch wheels, produce a respectable 385 hp and 380 ft lbs of torque. Performance-oriented types will opt for the Supercharged XJ or XJL, which add an Eton supercharger to the same 5-liter engine. For those who must have the top XJ or XJL in the lineup, the custom-order-only Supersport edition extracts even greater power from the supercharged powerplant: Its 510 hp and 461 ft lbs of torque achieve a zero-to-60 time of 4.7 seconds. All Supercharged and Supersport configurations feature distinctive 20-inch wheels designed for the XJ series.
Regardless of the model, the interior of the XJ will not disappoint Jaguar purists who respect tradition. The front seats adjust 20 ways and offer ventilation and massage functions, while the rear seats—especially in the long-wheelbase version—set the standard for comfort. Practical niceties that make life easier for city and highway driving include xenon headlamps with an intelligent high-beam system, LED rear lights, blind-spot monitoring in the rearview mirrors, a rear camera to aid in judging distances in reverse and water-repellent glass for greater visibility.