March 23, 2005 - Jaguar today confirms it will introduce an exclusive new model to top its highly acclaimed XJ luxury sedan range at the forthcoming New York International Auto Show March 25 through April 3. The Super V8 Portfolio is the production realization of the last year's striking 'Concept Eight' show car.
The Super V8 Portfolio is a sporting long wheelbase sedan with attitude both inside and out. Spectacularly defined by its muscular looks, powerful, modern character and unique interior and equipment features, the 2006 Super V8 Portfolio will take its place at the top of the Jaguar product range and will be built in limited numbers to reach US and Canadian dealers from August this year. "The Super V8 Portfolio takes the Jaguar XJ LWB experience to new heights, reinforcing the contemporary luxury and technology credentials of our flagship sedan while adding even greater exclusivity," commented Joe Greenwell, Chairman and CEO of Jaguar Cars. "It's a car with a real sense of occasion and one that demonstrates perfectly just how capable the XJ is right across the board."
The Super V8 Portfolio will be built as a special edition car, mainly for the US and Canada. Visually the look is distinguished by key design details including the sculpted aluminum power vents in the front wings, the distinctive mesh grille, polished 20-inch alloy wheels, and two stunning new exterior colors - 'Black Cherry' and 'Winter Gold'.
Inside, the Super V8 Portfolio is again closely based on the Concept Eight's design cues, featuring a modern interpretation of leather and wood trim, individual power-adjustable rear seats separated by a large center console, and a new-generation equipment list including Bluetoothâ connectivity, DVD system with twin rear display-screens, four-zone air conditioning, Alpine Dolby Prologic-II surround-sound audio, and much more.
The Super V8 Portfolio has the power and refinement of Jaguar’s supercharged 4.2-liter, 32 valve, AJ-V8 engine but for the 2006 model year Jaguar's most powerful engine enjoys a 10bhp increase from 390bhp to 400bhp (SAE). An advanced six-speed ZF automatic transmission takes drive to the rear wheels.
Like the XJ LWB on which it is based, it has the longest wheelbase and overall length in the large premium sedan class, but the lightest weight among its rivals. Those dimensions give it front leg and headroom and rear passenger space all comparable with the best in the class. The XJ’s lightweight aluminum monocoque, even in long wheelbase form, contributes to fuel economy, emissions ratings and performance that are virtually identical to those of the standard wheelbase XJ sedans – including an electronically limited top speed of 155mph, and 0-60mph in just 5.0 seconds – proving the Super V8 Portfolio’s sporty character is more than cosmetic.