2010 TG Awards: Luxury Car of the Year
Beijing’s Forbidden City also serves as a spacious car park for the new Jaguar XJ…
Posted: 18 Jan 2011
Swapping that for the supercharged 503bhp, 5.0-litre V8 obviously brings us all closer to Peak Oil but, hell, you'll have fun getting there. This is a truly extraordinary car, a vast limo which monsters the road if you want it to, but whispers menacingly around Mayfair equally beautifully. Or the Forbidden City, if you happen to be there.
Jaguar's people would probably prefer us not to use the word regal to describe the XJ. But it is. After all those years cocking about, the company has genuinely entered its imperial phase, dumped the signifiers of the old Empire and embraced the new. While we brace ourselves for interesting times, at least Jaguar is finally fit for the job.