The Jaguar XJ-S (later the Jaguar XJS) was a luxury grand tourer produced from 1975 to 1996. The XJ-S replaced the E-Type and was based on the XJ saloon. It had been developed as the XK-F, though it was very different in character from its predecessor. Although it never had quite the same sporting image, the XJ-S was a competent grand tourer, and more aerodynamic than the E-Type. The last XJS was produced on 4 April 1996, by then 115,413 had been produced during a 21-year production life. The model was replaced by the XK8
Power came from the Jaguar V12 petrol engine with a choice of a manual or automatic transmission, the manual was soon dropped. V12 automobiles were unusual at the time, with notable others coming from Italian luxury sports car makers Lamborghini and Ferrari. The specifications of the XJ-S compared well with both Italian cars; it was able to accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 7.6 seconds (automatic) and had a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h). Jaguar's timing was not good; the car was launched in the wake of a fuel crisis, and the market for a 5.3-litre V12 grand tourer was very small. Jaguar did seize promotional opportunities with the television series "The New Avengers" and "Return of the Saint".
From July 1981, XJ-S received the new High-Efficiency engine for much better economy; as a by-product, power was increased to 220 kW (295 hp). At the same time, the XJ-S received changes to its exterior and interior. In 1983, a new 3.6-litre engine débuted - the Jaguar AJ6 straight/six (I6) engine - as well as a new convertible version, the XJ-SC. The latter was replaced with a two-seat full convertible in 1988 which proved to be a great hit. The car was re-engineered in May 1991 and renamed XJS.
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