Jaguar XJ (X300)
The Jaguar X300 is the fifth generation of the Jaguar XJ and unveiled in the autumn of 1994, successor of the Jaguar XJ40. With this, the X300 is technically closely related. Through a clever facelift, mainly in the range of headlights, bumpers, door handles and rear lights was compared to the XJ40 a rounder line as a tribute to the classic Jaguar XJ models ( Series I, II & III).
Available the X300 with six-cylinder in-line engines with 3.2 ( Classic, Sport and Executive) and 4.0 liters was ( Classic, Sport, Sovereign and Daimler Six ). Moreover, there was from the four-liter version of the supercharged XJR. Finally, the six-liter V12 ( versions Sovereign and Daimler Double Six ) was offered. The power transfer was carried out by four-speed automatic or optional in the six cylinders through five-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels.
A year later the design with a long wheelbase ( X330 ) was available in the Sovereign and Daimler variants. Since the modifications compared to the normal version turned out not consuming, the surcharges were far lower than before the XJ40 Majestic.
From the series X300 two special versions are worth mentioning: Firstly, an even considerably extended copy of the Daimler Six was for the Jaguar boss Sir Nick Scheele made , on the other hand with unchanged chassis a convertible Corsica as a prototype, which does not, however, found its way into series production.
Successor to the X300 was the Jaguar X308, in which the new eight-cylinder engines from the sports car in the sedan were used. From the Type X300 total 92038 vehicles were built.
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