What are collectables?
These are cars of special interest and therefore deserving of preservation. Not necessarily old, yet they exist in a defined quantity, either because the manufacturer has decided so, or because their production is stopped. Then, they take advantage of features that make them especially desirable: an engine, a chassis, a design, or a concept. Finally, they are likely to see their rating increase. An additional argument to collect them before everyone else!
Why is the Jaguar XKR X100 collectible?
Large coupes, Jaguar no longer offers them in its catalog! Then, the XKR X100, in addition to a sculptural line and a chic interior, well in the tone of the brand, has high-performance mechanics and a chassis to match. All without being very expensive, at least for the moment, neither by its price nor by its taxation, because it remains under the 35 tax CVs, unlike its descendant.
If there is a relatively recent production that is one thousand percent of the idea of a Jaguar, it is the XK8. Fluid, elegant and sleek at the same time, it has hardly lost its seductive power more than twenty years after its launch. And yet! Its genesis was incredibly complex. Do you think public service embodies the worst in this area? Rest assured, the private sector has nothing to envy!
If the car was released in 1996, its genesis began in… 1980. And again! We began to think of her at Jaguar in 1975, noting that the convoluted XJ-S would have a hard time succeeding the legendary E-Type. Worse, in 1978, Pininfarina exhibited an XJ-S Spider concept, showing how to update the tapered lines of the 60s. Two years later, we began to study a replacement for the XJ-S on the basis of the future XJ40. This results in an imposing coupe, coded XJ41 / 42, and by 1983, a prototype was tested with a panel of potential customers. And what should it be called? F-Type!
Unfortunately, the development of the XJ40 is lagging behind, which is reflected in the coupe. In order not to be technically outdated when it is released, it is endowed with multiple technological refinements, which will end up weighing very heavily, both in the balance of the car and in that of payments. Too complex, too expensive, the project was put on hold by Ford in 1990, which bought Jaguar the year before. Total loss ? Not quite. The model was designed by Geoff Lawson, very friend of a certain Ian Callum, then employed at TWR after having worked at Ford.
One day when he visits him in Coventry, Lawson shows him a copy of an abandoned development. Callum, impressed, then talks about it to his boss, the very opportunistic Tom Walkinshow. Which requires adapting the design to an XJS platform, resulting in the XX prototype, which Walkinshow will offer to Jaguar. Dismissed, he handed it over to him, but in the meantime, the Blue Oval entrusted TWR with the development of a relatively affordable coupe for another of the brands he bought: Aston Martin. So, Walkinshow takes out his XX, which is validated, finalizes it and it gives the DB7.
Impressed, Ford then authorized Jaguar to acquire a new coupe, on condition that it too derived from the XJS. Fun, isn't it? In 1992, Lawson took charge of the design, while the American giant gave Jaguar the funds to design an engine from scratch, the AJ-V8, which would be manufactured in a brand new factory. Very modern, this V8 is equipped with 4 camshafts, variable valve timing and 32 valves.
On the chassis side, we take inspiration from the XJ40's rear axle, which is simpler than that of the XJS, while at the front, the double wishbone is completed with struts, freeing up room in width under the hood.
The studies put quality first and run smoothly, so that the XK8, coded X100, was presented at the end of 1996 as a coupé, equipped with a 4.0 l of 294 hp coupled to a 5 automatic ZF gearbox. Although she is somewhat reminiscent of the Pininfarina project, she is acclaimed for her beauty. Less than a year later, the convertible appears, just as attractive. The interior is equally convincing, with observers enjoying the efficient handling and comfort of this large GT. Which has the merit of not costing too much: at 460,000 F (95,500 € current), it gives a slap to the BMW 840 CiA (514 900 F) and Porsche 993 Tiptronic S (560,000 F). Two years later, fans of heavy cavalry are in heaven when the XKR is released. Thanks to an Eaton compressor, the V8 goes up to 375 hp, while the five-speed automatic transmission is supplied by Mercedes.
Going from 100 km / h in less than 6 seconds, the XKR becomes a real sports car. At 532,000 F (107,800 € current) in the coupe and 599,000 F in the convertible, it remains cheaper than a Porsche 996 while enjoying full equipment: leather, car air conditioning, electric seats …
At the end of 2008, the X100 benefited from a slight update, affecting the shields and upholstery. Then, in the evening of 2002, the V8 increased to 4.2 l, then offering 306 hp on the XK8 and 406 hp on the XKR, both versions adopting a 6 ZF 6HP26 box. Some details changes will be made in 2004, before the X100 are retired in 2006. They were produced at 91,406 units, including 23,791 in R. Not bad!
How much does it cost ?
There are XKR X100s in good condition from € 12,000, in coupé with the 4.0 l engine. The mileage will be around 150,000 km, which is not necessarily a problem. The 4.2 l starts rather around € 14,000. Surprisingly, convertibles are significantly more expensive, starting at € 20,000 in 375 hp and € 22,000 in 406 hp. Don’t hesitate to add a few thousand euros for an impeccable car with crystal-clear monitoring: you will find your way there because it will be more reliable and will sell for more.
Which version to choose?
Between coupe and convertible, it's a matter of taste (and budget!), But the XKR is more accomplished and efficient with the 4.2 l. This does not make the 4.0 l negligible, because it remains an excellent car.
The XKR is available in a number of limited series. Silverstone, based on 4.0 l in 2000 (100 then 456 units), Chapal in 2004 marked by its exterior mirrors covered with orange leather (around a hundred planned but apparently less than ten completed), and Spirit of Legend in 2005 (50 units ). Extremely rare, but above all modified aesthetically, these cars are not much more rated than the base XKRs. We still have to find some!
What to watch?
Well designed and rigorously built, the XKRs are generally reliable cars. Prior to 2000, the block may suffer from highly sulfur-laden fuels and break. It is still very rare, and has apparently never arrived in France, except perhaps on copies imported from the US. Then the cylinder barrels are treated with nikasil and everything is fine. More annoying if left unchanged, timing chain tensioners can fail and cause serious damage to the engine, or even destroy it. Normally the correction has been made, but ask for the evidence. A fault that concerns the 4.0 l, just like the weaknesses of the water pump.
Obviously, these cars must be perfectly maintained (well drain the box), which has a cost, and electronic glitches cannot be ruled out while aging can cause damage (suspension silentblocs, seals) but nothing terrible is to be feared from this well-born Jaguar.
I was able to drive two 2004 4.2L XKRs, a coupe and a convertible. If I find the XK8 high on the legs, the R, especially with the 20-inch rims, seems much better on the road. A very beautiful car! Upholstered in wood and leather, the cockpit exudes luxury, but the plump dashboard style, very typical of the 90s, does not appeal to everyone. Strangely, if the driving position is good, the interior appears quite cramped, a fault that is quickly forgotten as soon as you drive. Initially, softness dominates. Suspension, steering, gearbox … the comfort is surprising, as is the soundproofing.
But as soon as you hit the accelerator, everything changes. The gearbox drops two gears, the engine starts to meow (in fact, it's the supercharger) and it runs really hard! We press the Sport button, which strengthens the CATS controlled shock absorbers and benefits the rigor of road behavior. Very healthy, the car, nicely precise, has a good grip and communicates well. In a straight line, it's a rail, but in turns, despite its good balance, it is not very agile and clumsy. The beauty is heavy!
The convertible has less rigidity than the coupe, but that is by no means crippling. Especially, on board, hood down, you do not feel confined, which may explain its significantly higher rating. As for consumption, it is directly related to the right foot. Count 13 l / 100 km on average.
The youngtimer alternative
Jaguar XJ-S (1975-1996)
Completely atypical career than that of the XJ-S: the older it got, the better it sold! Because of its balanced but strange design, and its interior that was not luxurious enough for a Jaguar, it was recently welcomed in 1975. It was not easy to succeed the E-Type! Still, it's a remarkably well-designed coupe, boasting a handsome 5.3l V12 and competitively priced in its segment. In 1979, the carburettors gave way to injection (285 hp) then in 1981, the engine became HE by receiving the Fireball heads which lowered consumption by 30% and increased the cavalry to 295 hp. In addition, the dashboard finally wins wood facings: sales take off!
In 1983, a discoverable appeared, followed by a 6-cylinder 3.6 l of 221 hp, while in 1988, a real convertible without roll bar joined the range, followed in 1989 by a sporty XJR-S at 6, 0 l of 318 hp. In 1991, XJ-S was no longer written but XJS, while the rear of the car was redesigned to the front doors in a muted style. The 6-in-line goes to 4.0 l (223 hp) and equips the convertible in 1992, then in 1993, the V12 climbs to 6.0 l and 308 hp.
The XJS ended its career after a few other modifications in 1996, manufactured in 115,413 units. Not so bad ! From € 10,000 in good condition.
Jaguar XKR 4.2 l (2004), technical sheet
- Engine: 8-cylinder V, 4,196 cc
- Power supply: electronic compressor injection
- Suspension: struts, double wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar, pilot-operated shock absorbers (front); oblique arms, guiding gimbals, coil springs, piloted shock absorbers, anti-roll bar (AR)
- Transmission: 6 automatic gearbox, rear-wheel drive
- Power: 406 hp at 6,100 rpm
- Torque: 553 Nm at 3,500 rpm
- Weight: 1,660 kg (convertible: 1,770 kg)
- Maximum speed: 250 km / h (manufacturer data)
- 0 to 100 km / h: 5.4 s (convertible: 5.6 s, manufacturer data)
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