How do you keep people interested in a car that’s no longer new? It’s three years since Jaguar unveiled the latest XJ saloon, and to keep it in the minds of potential customers, and distract them from rivals like the latest Audi A8 or the ever popular Mercedes-Benz S-Class, there needs to be some pizazz. Something new.
Something like a performance and aerodynamic styling pack, in fact. The Sport and Speed packs give the already sporty XJ Supercharged even more of a kick, both visually and dynamically. The Sport pack is an option available on all types of XJ and features various interior and exterior tweaks, most notably aerodynamic upgrades to the front splitter and the bootlid spoiler. These have been wind-tunnel tested to direct air under the car and reduce lift at speed, as well as keeping the rear end stable.
It’s not all functional though; there are some changes that are just to make the car look good. Witness the gloss black mesh grille, side and front vents, and the red-painted brake calipers lurking behind some sparkling new 20-inch alloy wheels. At the back, there’s a new design of split twin tailpipes. None of this leaves anyone in any doubt as to the XJ’s intensions. Performance. Lots of it.
Which brings us on to the Speed pack. This recalibrates the engine management system and raises the XJ Supercharged’s top speed from 250kph to 280kph. No one can accuse it of not doing what it says on the tin.
The exact pricing of the Speed and Sport packs hadn’t been decided in the Middle East at the time of writing, but we’re expecting them to bump the cost of an equipped XJ Supercharged like the one we drove up to around $135,000, a five grand hike compared to the standard supercharged car.