The flagship Jaguar XJ ushered in a new interpretation of the company’s established reputation for dramatic design and – with its lightweight aluminium architecture – responsible performance. Now, the XJ Ultimate focuses on two further Jaguar hallmarks: innovation and luxury, extending the model’s emotive appeal.
The Ultimate, as the name suggests, is the most expensive version yet of Jaguar’s flagship model, the XJ. The special edition luxury sedan is based on the long-wheelbase XJ and offers even higher levels of opulence and customisation options than the current range-topping XJ, the Supersport LWB.
Inside is where the XJ Ultimate is really defined. The two rear seats are trimmed in semi-aniline premium natural leather with massage function and climate controls, in addition to a rear power operated business table with iPad and keyboard housed and charged in dedicated leather-trimmed docks, full-length leather-trimmed center console, champagne chiller and bespoke champagne flutes.
In front of each of the back passengers are eight-inch, high-definition screens that can be programmed to play radio, DVD, digital TV tuner or external media. 20-speaker surround sound system engineered specifically for the XJ by British audio specialists Meridian, are included so each passenger can listen to individual sounds. But Jaguar didn’t stop there. It threw in two third-generation iPads and hid them behind retractable covers. Two wireless keyboards are included, and the iPads are detachable and portable.
While the Jaguar XJ Ultimate impresses its occupants inside, the subtle exterior won’t be drawing too much attention. Chrome sculpted lower air intakes match the classic Jaguar grille while polished stainless steel oval exhaust tips, LED daytime-running lights, 20-inch Maroa forged ‘dual-surface’ alloy wheels and subtle ‘Ultimate’ badging are the only hints of the car’s limited nature.
The first 20 XJ Ultimates will only be available in Celestial Black but Jaguar says for XJ Ultimates produced after these, customers can order their car in Polaris White (pictured) or any shade of their choosing. Adding further to the car’s potential for exclusivity are the three interior colour choices for the seas of leather and customer-specified headrest embroidery, providing buyers with a truly bespoke experience. The XJ Ultimate offers the appointments of a private jet in a package to suit a wide range of requirements.
Under The Hood:
This time JAG came up with a brand new 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine. This new 3.0-litre is an all-aluminium unit and produces 335bhp and 331lb ft of torque, together with a Roots twin vortex supercharger mounted in the ‘V’, its boost controlled by Bosch engine management software.
As such, the 0-60mph is done in 5.7 seconds and the Jag will go on to a limited top speed of 155mph (exactly that of the standard 5.0-litre V8).
There’s a new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot petrol engine coming to the line-up too, offered in the XF and XJ, with 237bhp and 250 torques. At 138kgs, it’s the lightest Jag engine in history, thanks to aluminium construction and compact dimensions.
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