1996 Jaguar XJ
Body style(s):
4-door sedan

Trim levels:
XJ6
XJ Vanden Plas
XJR
XJ12
MSRP:
$56,320
$63,720
$66,270
$79,370

Notes: In its second year, the new XJ offered two long-wheelbase models (Vanden Plas & XJ12). With 4.9 inches grafted onto the length, and an extra half-inch of rear headroom, these sedans addressed the concerns of those who found XJ interiors far too cramped. This is the final model year for Jaguar's twelve-cylinder saloon.

Series: 1995-2003

DESIGN

Layout:
Seats:

Engine(s):
longitudinal front-engine, rear-wheel drive, steel unibody
5

4.0L 24-valve dohc SFI I6 [XJ6, Vanden Plas]
Bore x stroke: 90.9x102.1mm
Compression ratio: 10.0 to 1 (91-octane unleaded)
Horsepower (SAE net): 245bhp@4700rpm
Torque (SAE net): 289lb-ft@4000rpm
Transmission: 4-speed manumatic (final drive ratio 3.27:1)
EPA fuel economy (city/hwy, 1985 test): 17/23mpg
4.0L 24-valve dohc SFI supercharged I6 [XJR]
Bore x stroke: 90.9x102.1mm
Compression ratio: 8.5 to 1 (91-octane unleaded)
Boost pressure: 10.0psi
Horsepower (SAE net): 322bhp@5000rpm
Torque (SAE net): 378lb-ft@3050rpm
Transmission: 4-speed manumatic (final drive ratio 3.27:1)
Differential: limited-slip
EPA fuel economy (city/hwy, 1985 test): 15/21mpg
6.0L 24-valve sohc SFI V12 [XJ12]
Bore x stroke: 89.9x77.5mm
Compression ratio: 11.0 to 1 (91-octane unleaded)
Horsepower (SAE net): 313bhp@5350rpm
Torque (SAE net): 353lb-ft@2850rpm
Transmission: 4-speed manumatic (final drive ratio 3.58:1)
EPA fuel economy (city/hwy, 1985 test): 12/16mpg

DIMENSIONS


EPA Class:
Wheelbase:
Length:
Width:
Height:
Track, F:
Track, R:
Clearance:
XJ6, XJR
COMPACT
113.0"
197.8"
81.7"
53.1"
59.1"
59.0"
5.1"
Vanden Plas, XJ12
MIDSIZE
117.9"
202.8"
81.7"
53.5"
59.1"
59.0"
5.1"
Curb weight: 4080lbs. 4130lbs., 4440lbs. (XJ12)
Interior volume:
Cargo volume:
Fuel tank:
51/41 cu ft. (f/r)
11.1 cu ft.
23.1 gal.
51/48 cu ft. (f/r)
11.1 cu ft.
23.1 gal.

TECHNICAL

Tires:
Suspension
(f/r):
Brakes (f/r):
Steering:
Active sys.:
Airbags:
225/60-16; 255/45-17 (XJR)
independent: short/long A-arms, coil springs, tube shocks, ARB
independent: multilink, coil springs, tube shocks (ARB on XJR only)
disc/disc, ABS (11.5" vented/11.6" vented)
rack-and-pinion, power-assisted, 2.8 turns-to-lock
traction control (std. on XJR & XJ12, opt. on others)
dual front

PERFORMANCE

Acceleration (zero to 60 mph):
Braking (60 to zero mph):
Roadholding (skidpad):
Slalom speed (100' intervals):
Turning circle:
6.5sec. (XJR), 6.6sec. (XJ12)
137ft.
0.83g (XJR), 0.80 (XJ12)
62.3mph (XJR), 59.0 (XJ12)
40.7ft.


SEE ALSO: none
COMPETITORS: BMW 7-Series, Cadillac DeVille Concours, Infiniti Q45, Lexus LS 400, Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Specific to the XJ12: BMW 750iL Mercedes-Benz S600

1996 Jaguar XJ6 sedan
Jaguar XJ6 sedan.

1996 Jaguar XJR sedan
Jaguar XJR sedan (note mesh grille).

1996 Jaguar XJ Vanden Plas sedan
Jaguar Vanden Plas sedan (note chrome grille).

1996 Jaguar XJ12 sedan
Jaguar XJ12 sedan (note stretched wheelbase).


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