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1997 Jaguar XK8

The Jaguar XK8 (project code X100) is a 2-door grand tourer that was launched by Jaguar Cars in 1996, and was the first generation of a new XK series. The XK8 was available in coupé or convertible body styles and with the new 4.0-litre Jaguar AJ-V8 engine. In 1998, the XKR was introduced with a supercharged version of the engine. In 2003, the engines were replaced by the new 4.2-litre AJ34 engines in both the normally aspirated and supercharged variations. The first-generation of the XK series shares its Jaguar XJS-derived platform with the Aston Martin DB7, both cars tracing their history back to an abandoned Jaguar development study in the mid-1980s known as XJ41/XJ42, which had been mooted to be known as the F-Type.


One of the revisions is the use of the second generation of Jaguar's independent rear suspension unit, taken from the Jaguar XJ (XJ40). Development began in 1992, with design work starting earlier in late 1991. By October 1992 a design was chosen and later frozen for production in 1993. Prototypes were built from December 1993 after the X100 was given formal approval and design patents were filed in June 1994. Development concluded in 1996, with the car being unveiled in March of that year and going on sale from October 1996


90º V8, aluminum alloy cylinder head/block. Twin DOHC, 32-valve. Continuous variable cam phasing

Bore & Stroke: 86mm x 86mm

Displacement: 3,996cc

Compression ratio: 10.75 to 1

Carburation: petrol, electronic injection

Power output: 290bhp at 6,100rpm

Max Torque: 290 lb ft at 4,250



Max speed (limited to): 155.4mph

Acceleration: 0-60mph 6.4secs O.F.C.: 22.9mpg



Steel monocoque Structural stiffening added to "A" posts, sills, underfloor and bulkheads



PA, ventilated discs, ABS, split circuits, park brake on rear



RWD, 5-speed automatic?w/ normal/sport modes



Power-assisted, speed-sensitive, ?variable ratio rack-and-pinion 2.8 turns lock to lock


Wheels & Tyres

Lamina-style alloy 8J x 17in Pirelli P-Zero 245/50 ZRx17 tyres



Independent with twin wishbones Coil springs with telescopic dampers

Dimensions & Weight

Wheelbase: 101.9in

Track - front: 59.2in

Track - rear: 59in

Overall length: 187.4in

Overall width: 72in

Overall height: 51in

Ground clearance: 5.7in

Fuel tank: 16.57 Imp gal

Kerb weight: 3,962 lb


XK8 Production 1996-2006

Designed by Goff Lawson

Convertibles: 46,760 built

Coupes: 19,748 built

Coventry, England

XK8 Coupé price new: £47,950

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