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Jaguar XJR Parts and Jaguar XJR Accessories

Fun and Interesting Facts about the Jaguar XJR

  • The letters 'XJ' in the Jaguar XJR's model name originally stood for "Experimental Jaguar" saloon.

  • The Jaguar XJR was introduced the same year when the Jaguar X300 was being produced. The Jaguar XJR was introduced as a high performance edition of the XJ series which was the fastest four-door production saloon.

  • The Jaguar XJR was the first ever supercharged car that was manufactured by the automaker.

  • Jaguar teamed up with Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) for the first generation of the Jaguar XJR. The first generation of XJR was a joint venture between Jaguar and Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) in which Jaguar agreed to ship the XJR models all the way to TWR's Kidlington factory where the cars were developed and set up as high-performance saloon. The high-performance first generation Jaguar XJR was called JaguarSport.

  • The Jaguar XJR was initially equipped with the same 3.6 litre in-line six as the XJ40 but it went through major style and performance enhancements later on which included a re-profiled cam and a modified exhaust and intake. The last Jaguar XJR models for the first generation were equipped with a 4.0 in-line six which became the starting point for the model's second generation XJRs.

  • The first generation of the Jaguar XJR were extremely rare. Jaguar produced approximately only 1,250 XJRs from 1989 to 1995. The first Jaguar XJRs came in two different versions. The earlier phase one cars had four headlights while the later phase two cars had square headlights.

  • For the World Sportscar Championship Group C and the IMSA Camel GTP competition that took place from 1984 through 1993, Jaguar backed teams with their Jaguar XJR Sportscar. Bob Tullius came up with the project in which he formed the Group 44 racing team and campaigned Jaguar E-Types for the next two decades.

  • Jaguar specially designed the XJR-5 model for competition in the IMSA's GTP class. The Jaguar XJR-5 was exclusively designed by Lee Dykstra as a car that could be equipped with a Jaguar V12 racing engine. The project, which followed Group 44's four previous cars named the XJR 1 through 4, was funded by Mike Dale of Jaguar Cars Inc. in New Jersey.

Jaguar XJR Articles

  • Common Problems with the Jaguar XJR and the Reasons behind Them

    17 January 2013

    Sold under the British Jaguar marque, the Jaguar XJ designation that was launched in 1968 was used for a series of luxury saloon cars. After going through a lot of style and performance enhancements through the years, the automaker came up with the supercharged Jaguar XJR in 1994 along with the production of the X300. Being the first supercharged road car that was manufactured by Jaguar, the XJR has instantly earned compliments for its hard-hitting performance. However, there are still some things car buyers should take into consideration when choosing the Jaguar XJR. Here are a few things to take note of before buying one.


    Transmission oil

    According to consumer reports, the Jaguar XJR's transmission oil is synthetic. Although Jaguar claims that the transmission oil does for the XJR does not need to be replaced, expert technicians highly recommend replacing the automatic transmission oil with a new Jaguar-approved fluid for every 60,000 miles.

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    Engine

    Car owners have also noticed chain problems on the Jaguar XJR's V8 engine. The chain tensioners that are made of plastic have a tendency to fail prematurely and cause serious damage to the vehicle's V8 engine. This is a common problem that can be easily detected by the noticeable noise that the engine makes during a cold start or while idling. This noise is usually accompanied by a rough or uneven engine idle. Replacing the old components with new and improved ones fixes this problem with the XJR's engine.


    Fuel system and gasoline

    Consumers also reported problems with some replacement fuel filters for the Jaguar XJR. Because the connectors on these fuel filters were not made to the manufacturer's specification, the o-ring in the fuel line may not seat correctly and cause an inadequate seal at the connection. This inadequate seal may lead to a fuel leak and even fire if an ignition source is present.


    Electrical system

    Another problem that consumers have encountered with the Jaguar XJR is its loss of power during acceleration due to a problem in the electrical system. According to consumer complaints, the vehicle goes into "fail safe engine mode", loses power on a down grade, and will start again. Car owners have experienced these fuse, circuit breaker, and ignition issues with the 1998 to 2000 models of the Jaguar XJR.