*This is a translation done by a machine.
XJ-S is a sports coupe introduced in 1975, having inherited the baton from "Jaguar E-Type" which had a great influence on sports models around the world. Based on the idea of Malcolm Sayer, who created E Type, it inherits the unwritten rules of Jaguar style with a low, relaxed design with long nose and overhang. The car's features included elements that would make it a legitimate successor, such as a 5.3 liter V 12 engine (Spec up from 272ps to 285ps *European specs) that carried over from the E type. The XJ-S character was a coupe version of the XJ sedan, with a truncated wheel base, and although it had been specially tuned, it was built to be more of a luxury GranTurismo than a sports car.
As a result, it was not well received in the market at first, but considering that it was produced for 21 years until 1996 (partly because Jaguar's financial condition has deteriorated) after repeated improvements, it can be said that the character setting was correct.
Still, there are plenty of calls for a Jaguar sports car, and to that end, the XJR-S 6.0 "Jaguar sports" was unveiled in 1989 as a companion to the legendary TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing), who competed in the European Touring Car Championship and Group C races at the Jaguar.
The difference was the blackout of the front mask with some of the modest aero and plating parts removed, but the TWR factory added details such as tuning by Cosworth, 6 liter V12 engine 318ps (Japanese specification is 325ps.) with increased displacement, Sequential injection from Zytek fully integrated from the machines of Group C, dedicated bilstein suspension & stabilizer, optimization of 3 speed AT, power steering assist, etc. The changes in appearance are minimal from the XJ-S, and the inside is the authentic style made by the racing team. XJR-S may just be the UK version "a wolf in sheep's clothing".
By the way, only the 1993 model is officially imported to Japan.
|Shinichi Yamazaki's Highlights!|
The car this time is a 1993 model American model. Only 100 units of this year's model were officially imported to Japan and the U.S., and only 2 colors, jet black and signal red, were available. There were also convertibles that are not available in Japan (25 units each). In addition, a hand-carved sterling silver serial plate made by the luxury brand "Asprey of London" of the British royal family is attached to the front of the shift knob, which is a characteristic of American specifications. This car is engraved to represent the 98 th unit. The 5-mile bumper style is more impressive than the European style.
It was Hawaii in the United States that was newly registered, and the number plate at that time was also left in the trunk. In 1996, the owner decided to bring it back when he returned to Japan. It seems that he fell in love with XJR-S so much. Since then, the car has been owned by several owners, who have taken it from "Britesh Motors" a British car special shop in the Kansai region. Used parallel import car is often shunned in the market, but it seems to have been loved by the successive owners, and the body condition is excellent so that you can see at a glance that it has been stored indoors. It was coated and it became more glossy in 2016. The interior has a little sense of use, but the quality of each part is maintained. However, there are dents and scratches on the four corners of the large body exceeding 4.8 m, uneven color on the C pillar on the passenger seat side, and some scuffs and scratches on the side support portion of the seat with the highest grade of Connolly Leather. But this is also evidence that the car has been running for 26 years.
The interior and exterior have not been modified and are in their original condition. The TWR tune-up V12 engine works instantly just by turning the driver's key, and the mechanical noise is subdued making you feel the good condition.
I think you can use it as a daily transportation only by regular inspection and maintenance. Since this is one of the few special models developed by racing constructor, there is a high possibility that it will become more valuable as a collectible car in the future. Now that the market price is low, this may be a chance to get this car.
Originally written by Shinichi Yamazaki
Photo by Hidehiro Tanaka
Published on August 2019
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