2001 XJ8 New Car Test Drive
Jaguar's XJ8 represents a high point in the company's history. It is one of the finest luxury sedans built today. The Vanden Plas, named for a famous British maker of custom automobile bodies, is the most luxurious XJ8, swathed in chrome, walnut and lambs wool, while the XJR is a luxurious sports sedan.
For 2001, the sedan range benefits from more extensive emissions-control provisions.
Five versions are available: XJ8 ($56,355); XJ8 L ($62,355); Vanden Plas ($67,655); Vanden Plas Supercharged ($83,355); XJR Supercharged ($69,355).
As the XJ8 designation suggests, these are a V8-powered Jags. Two wheelbase lengths are available. The standard XJ8 and the XJR ride on a 113-inch wheelbase. Vanden Plas shares the longer wheelbase with the XJ8L, which is 117.9 inches.