Powerful internal combustion engines are the hot targets

The stringent World Harmonized Light Vehicle test Procedure (WLTP) has struck again. This time, Jaguar bears the brunt. Introduced at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Jaguar XJR575 is no longer available in Europe. Since the powerful sedan is a gas-guzzler, Jaguar had no option but to retire the car in Europe.

Down Goes The Jag XJR575

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This potent road-runner comes with a 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 engine that defies the WLTP on every ground.

However, this Jaguar flagship is still available in the U.S in its long wheelbase specification. Compared to the Mercedes-AMG S63, the Jaguar XJR575 is $25,000 cheaper at a retail price of $122,400. But, the present generation XJ is almost a decade old.

Apart from a luxurious cabin, the XJR575 runs on 575 horses and sprints from a naught to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, before topping out at 174 mph. Despite its age, it’s still a serious machine, packing 575 horsepower for a 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) run in 4.2 seconds en route to a top speed of 174 mph (280 kph) while you’re being cocooned in a luxurious cabin.

Hopefully, It’ll Make A Comeback In This Avatar

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The next-gen XJ will most likely be a pure electric model.

No details have been revealed apart from the scoop that the cabin will be bigger and roomier, and it will sure as hell be a driver’s car! To remind you, a convoy of XJs had driven to Paris to mark the 50th anniversary since the launch of the Series 1 in 1968. Jaguar is celebrating this milestone with a special edition XJ50, based on the Autobiography trim. It will get an assortment of tweaks and interior upgrades.

Is this just the beginning of the downfall of cars with powerful internal combustion engines? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Further Reading

WLTP Kills Another One In Europe, This Time Its a Jaguar High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Jaguar XJR575.

2017 Jaguar XJ
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Read our full review on the 2017 Jaguar XJ.

Source: Auto Express

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