Jaguar XJ (X350)
It might have boasted styling that harked back to the 1968 XJ original, but the X350 was a groundbreaker for its maker under the skin. It featured extensive use of lightweight aluminium in its construction, which allowed it to make the most of its impressive range of engines.
This generation heralded the arrival of the diesel powered XJ, which ended proving popular, managing to be quicker and more economical than its smaller, but identically-powered brother, the S-TYPE. It would be replaced by the Ian Callum-styled XJ in 2009, but much of what was underneath was shared by both cars…
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