Interesting Facts about the Jaguar XK8
- Fully buying Jaguar in 1990, Ford Motors Corporation's influence and financial support to Jaguar started with the 1997 launch of Jaguar's XK8. Powering it was a compact yet powerful engine that was also used in certain Land Rover vehicles.
- The 1999 Jaguar XK8 coupe appeared in the 2000 movie Gone in 60 Seconds starring Nicolas cage and Angelina Jolie. In the 20th episode of 1988-1998's American situation comedy's Murphy Brown's ninth season, Frank announces that he's taken the plunge by buying a Jaguar XK8. Other movies and television shows wherein the XK8 appeared in included 2011's Horrible Bosses starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis; 2002's Like Mike starring Bow Wow, Jonathan Lipnicki, and Morris Chestnut; 1998-2006's Charmed starring Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan; 2000's thriller Boiler Room starring Giovanni Ribisi and Vin Diesel; 2001-2011's TV series Law and Order: Criminal Intent; 2001's The Glass House starring Diane Lane and Leelee Sobieski; 2000's Memento starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Joe Pantoliano; and 2011's Midnight in Paris. Also, as Jaguar is British and has a long and noble tradition of manufacturing luxury cars, it's been constantly on the mind of movie producers to become the next James Bond car.
- The XK8 appears in the game Need for Speed: Carbon as a tier-2 Exotic car, which can be purchased for $80,000 in a car dealership. It is seen driving alongside Darius' Audi Les Mans Quattro after he crashes his BMW M3 GTR during the opening chase against Cross. Darius enters the XK8 during his departing speech after the player is defeated.
- The Jaguar XK8's mascot, the "leaper", represents the aggressive nature of Jaguar cars, which are a combination of comfort, luxury, technology, and powerful engines.
- In 1996, the design team at Jaguar created a new sports car fitted with the company's first V8 engine, the XK8, which immediately crossed all expectations and became the fastest-selling sports car in Jaguar Company history. Replacing the XJS design that had been around for 21 years, it came with a 290 horsepower, 4.0-liter V8 that lurched the car to 60 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds.
- Styling of the XKS luxury coupe and convertible was clearly inspired by Jaguar's famous old XK-E sports car of the 60's. Its combination of good looks, high performance, and competitive pricing is reminiscent of Jaguar XK8 parts and Jaguar XK8 accessories.