After an 18-year hiatus, BMW has revived the 8 Series name with the BMW Concept 8 Series. The automaker's new flagship model could help the manufacturer compete against Mercedes-Benz, which overtook BMW last year as the world's largest luxury automaker.
Given that the 21st century has seen a sort of return to the roots aspect for the Mustang, it was probably only a matter of time before the Boss 302 made a return. Over the last few years there's been steady and growing interest in the concept of a new-age Trans Am Special.
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2003 Jaguar XJ8 Sedan The Jaguar XJ (X308) is a full-size luxury sedan manufactured and marketed by Jaguar Cars for years 1997-2003 across two generations and featuring Jaguars AJ-V8 and Jaguars independent rear suspension. It was the third and final evolution of the XJ40 platform which had been in production since 1986. Gracing our hallowed halls is this Jaguar XJ8 from 2003. A nice 4 door sedan able to whisk any executive or person of importance to anywhere very quickly, with its 4 Liter V8 EFI coupled with a 5-Speed automatic transmission, full leather interior and a gaggle of conveniences added in for extra giggles. Exterior The X308 keeps much of the same exterior styling as its predecessor, carrying its rounded four-headlamp bonnet, low roofline, sloping tail, and wrap-around rear light clusters. From the front, the two generations can be differentiated by the shape of the indicator lenses (rectangular on the X300, oval on the X308), and also by the shape of the fog lamps and lower valance air intake (both of which are more rounded on the X308). The front and rear bumpers were both changed along with the taillights which had red/clear lenses rather than red/grey lenses. The grill surround and badging was slightly changed. The headlight fixtures also included forward parking lights housed with the brights. All straight rust-free steel bathed in Topaz base coat and clear coated. Interior The biggest change to the interior on the X308 was to the dashboard, which had remained essentially the same since the original XJ40 with only detail changes over the years. The rectangular instrument binnacle gave way to three deeply recessed dials. The new fascia also allowed for the restoration of a proper glove compartment, which had been lost when the original XJ40 dash had been retrofitted with a passenger side airbag. Door trim and the design of the center console were also beautifully designed and are all covered with a mix of Ivory (white) leather and plenty of shiny lacquered burl veneer. Leather covered buckets flank a center console which has curves aplenty and rises to the center of the dash and integrates seamlessly. In the center is control central with all the buttons youll need to have every function and convenience work with the push of a button. Light brown Wilton carpeting floods the floors and above is a felted headliner with a sunroof cutout in the center. Drivetrain Under the hood and many a plastic covering sits the 4.0 Liter V8 with EFI. On the back is a ZF 5HP24 5-speed automatic transmission and a 3.06 final drive ratio rear axle. All clean under this hood. Undercarriage Some surface rust has erupted but it is a light coating and not on all parts. Otherwise, solid structural underpinnings, clean floorpans and a good exhaust system. Independent coil springs are all over, as are power disc brakes. Drive-Ability She fired right up with a growl, and off to the test track where it did a cracking performance showing snappy acceleration, bias free panic stopping, and good handling. This car is ONE comfy cruiser and can be easily taken on any superhighway. The radio proved to be problematic, a check engine light was lit, as was an airbag light during my trip. A luxury sedan from across the pond, V8 power and lots of leather and wood burl. Quite right, youre bloody well right! VIN DECODE SAJDA14C73LF55608 S-Great Britain AJ-Jaguar Passenger Car D-Manual Belts Front Airbags A-Automatic, Left Hand Drive 14-XJ Sedan C-XJ8 7-Check Digit 3-4.0L V8 290hp L-Coventry, England Assy Plant 55608-Sequential Unit Number
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