By   June 16, 2015

Jaguar XJR

2016 Jaguar XJR

The new 2016 Jaguar XJ lineup was announced today. The model that first debuted in 2011 has undergone a refresh that looks to update the British car maker’s flagship.

For the 2016 model year both V6 and V8 engines will be available and all will be aided with a supercharger. The luxury car offers a R-Sport model, but is the XJR still the true performance variant?

Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) to learn more about the 2016 Jaguar XJ lineup, including specs.

Jaguar XJL Interior

As you would expect in a XJ luxury abounds. There is plenty of leather and wood trim found on the inside. With touches such as quilted leather stitching that give it a top level luxury feel, available on the XJL and XJL Supercharged, the interior is a very pleasant place to be. The XJ R-Sport models have an available comfort package which adds massaging front seats to help keep the driver and passenger in total comfort.

Other features such as the WiFi hotspot, infotainment system with iOS and Android support are expected on any car in this price range. The navigation system also offers a commute mode. When used it learns your normal driving pattern and can provide alternate routes to avoid traffic problems and delays.

For those wanting true luxury the back seat of the long wheelbase (LWB) models are the best option. They are available in the XJL and XJR trims. For these cars a rear seat entertainment system is available which features driver and passenger-side hideaway 10.2-inch high-definition screens. They each offer a true 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. The rear seat entertainment system will also allow passengers to connect personal devices using a variety of different cable options. Two USB 3.0 ports and one HDMI, enable charging and media output from a wide range of players, smartphones and tablets.

Now most will be buying a Jaguar XJ for the luxury, but what about the performance?

When you hear the XJ R-Sport name you think it is likely a high performance variant. While it offers some nice options it comes with the same supercharged 3.0-liter V6 as the XJL and XJ that outputs a good 340 horsepower. The wheelbase of the non-LWB R-Sport is a bit shorter than the XJ and XJL non-LWB models (119.4″ versus 124.3″). That 340 horsepower gives the R-Sport the same 0-60 mph time as the XJ and XJL models, at 5.7 seconds. It also has the same top speed of 155 mph.

Power goes up if you go for the XJ Supercharged and XJL Supercharged models (and yes the entire lineup is in fact supercharged). If you opt for the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 you get a 470 horsepower machine. That is enough power to help the Jag go from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 155 mph.

Jaguar XJR Rear End

For those looking for the best performance the XJR is the best option. It can rocket from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and keep going all the way up to 174 mph. Not bad for a large sedan and those performance figures are the same for the LWB variant. So, for those wanting to be chauffeured at break neck speed the XJR LWB is perfect for you (and I’m sure a few of you are now considering a career as a chauffeur).

The new XJ model lineup will be available for sale in the fall. Pricing details will be announced closer to the vehicle’s availability.

So, is the XJR the one to get? From a luxury stand point, you can go for the the XJL or XJ R-Sport and be pretty happy. But from a true performance luxury sedan point of view, the XJR is the definitely the one to get.