With its rippling bonnet, pert rear end and sensuous curves, it’s understandable that the Jaguar F-Type Coup?, which was unveiled last week, might be causing you a high degree of lust right at the moment.
Of course, we’ll wager that not everyone has the £51,235 you’ll need to get your hands on even the base model.
But the good news is that heavy depreciation means some of Jaguar’s past greats are now available for some distinctly reasonable sums of money.
There’s one for every budget, in fact ? and to prove it, we’ve picked five of our favourites, all of which are available for less than half the cost of even the most basic F-Type Coup?.
Cast your eye over these beauties, and you might find that one of Jaguar’s gems is more attainable than you thought.
The XJR was the first ever supercharged Jaguar, and offered frankly obscene performance that rivalled the very best German super-saloons. Many aficionados reckon the one to go for is the earlier 326bhp straight-six model, as it’s more reliable, but for this price you can get yourself one of the later 370bhp V8 models, which also feature a number of other upgrades such as computer-controlled active suspension and a more modern dashboard. Whichever you go for, you’ll end up with one of today’s biggest performance bargains.
Probably Jaguar’s least-loved R model, the S-Type R was nevertheless a formidable performance machine. Its 390bhp 4.2-litre supercharged V8 gave it enough oomph to hit 62mph in just 5.6 seconds, and its roly-poly looks belied its chassis’ capability and poise. What’s more, with supercharger whine laid over a baritone soundtrack, it made a tremendous noise. And today, a clean, low-mileage example can be had for well under £10,000
The last of the retro XJs was spurned by some for its trad styling, but don’t let that fool you: this was a thoroughly modern machine. Its aluminium bodyshell made it much lighter than you’d expect, and under the skin a host of driver aids and technology made it a truly modern luxury car. What’s more, in XJR form, it shared the S-Type R’s supercharged 4.2-litre V8, albeit here with 400bhp, giving it genuinely supercar-rivalling levels of performance. Yet today, £15,000 will get you a good one.
The XJ wasn’t alone in having a lightweight bodyshell, though; no, the Jaguar XKR which came out in 2006 also used an aluminium monocoque, and it clothed a 420bhp version of the XJR’s V8 in a wonderfully slinky two-door bodyshell. A thoroughly modern interior was a breath of fresh air after Jaguar’s previous efforts, which had been heavily retro-inspired, and thanks to its light frame, the XKR could handle pretty deftly too. Early examples are just becoming available for £20,000 now ? an enormous amount of car for the cash.
A brand new XFR will cost you just over £65,000 today. Hard to believe, then, isn’t it, that you can buy a second-hand one for just £25,000? It’s true, though ? and despite its age, the XFR is still one of the most involving and enjoyable cars in the super saloon class. When it was new, it was a true class leader, with many journalists praising it even more highly than the BMW M5 and Audi RS6 of the time. Four-door saloon practicality, stunning looks and that roaring 503bhp supercharged V8 can all be yours for this astonishingly modest sum.
November 26, 2013