Back on March 5th 1996 Jaguar announced the launch of an all new sports car at the Geneva Motor Show known as the XK8. Further launches followed at the Royal Society of Art in London (March 11), the New York Auto Show (April 4) and then again at Vancouver, British Columbia in September 1996.
With the introductory price of £47,950 for the coupe and £56,850 for the convertible the car went on sale to the general public in October 1996 - Jaguar were soon to realise that
they had introduced one of the biggest selling Jaguar cars of all time. Designed by Geoff Lawson and his design team the car was equipped with an aluminium V8 engine and the car was immediately
considered a commercial success by enthusiasts and press alike.
|XK8 - Specification||4.0||4.2|
|Maximum Power BHP (KW)||290 @ 6100 rpm||300 @ 6000 rpm|
|Transmission Type||5 speed electronic automatic||6 speed electronic automatic|
|Bore & Stroke (mm)||86 x 86||96 x 90.3|
|Fuelling||Electronic Fuel Injection|
|Top Speed||155 (electronically limited)|
|0 – 60 mph (secs)||6.5||6.1|
|Wheels Standard (option)||17" (18")||17" (18" or 19")|
|Brakes||4 Wheel Discs (all ventilated)|
3,560 (3,759 convertible)
|3,715 (3,913 convertible)|