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Jaguar XJ news - Take it from the top - 2009

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Forget Red Bull’s one-two this weekend - the big news
coming out of Shanghai is the roof of the all-new Jaguar XJ.

Yup, show-goers were treated to an exclusive little
video preview of exactly what the car will look like from directly above,
almost completely ruining the surprise for the rest of us when the ‘real’
unveiling happens in July. Not.

The not-really-very-revealing-at-all pictures confirm
an optional panoramic roof and, er, silver paint. We also learned the new XJ
will be available in short- and long-wheelbase versions and use the new
petrol and diesel engines from the XF.

That means they’ll slot the 510bhp supercharged V8 in
there somewhere, but Jaguar reckons that won’t be the XJR - it’ll save that
badge for an even hotter version due after the bread-and-butter models are
rolled out.

The front,
back and side bits of the new XJ will be properly revealed here in London on
July 9 and the car should go on sale by the end of the year.

BMW, meanwhile, has revealed a new V12 engine for its
flagship long-wheelbase 7-Series, the 760Li.

The turbocharged 6.0-litre unit delivers 536bhp and is
capable of serving up 62mph in just 4.6 seconds. It makes a whopping 553lb ft
of torque from just 1,500rpm and is hooked up to a new eight-speed automatic

Other slightly less interesting details include fuel
economy, which, should you care, is up nearly five per cent against the old V12
model at 21.9mpg. Oh, and that new long-wheelbase body is 140mm longer for
extra rear legroom.

We’ve got some pics, but sadly just some conventional ones showing you what the car actually looks like. Sorry.

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