XK8 Sportscars

From 1996 to 2005

Following the XJS Jaguar desperately needed something new and with Ford’s purse to assist in the job, Jaguar’s engineers did a fantastic job in creating a legendary new car.

The XK8 (coded X-100) was born out of necessity as the XJS it replaced was long past its sell by date. The first ingredient was a new engine, the AJ-V8 unit that took the majority of new investment money from the then owners of the company, Ford. The norm for new engines to appear in a lower volume sporting model before going ‘live’ for all production, the XK8 was that car.

By necessity the ‘old’ XJS floorpan had to be used along with other features, even down to the interior seat frames. However, a new aircraft style front subframe was designed and along with a new curvaceous body, the frontal aspect of which was reminiscent of the legendary E-type, the XK8 became a car of desire for many. The interior was also new with a mix of tradition and modernity and the car was available from the start as a convertible or coupe model, the former with electrically operated hood but with room in the boot for the obligatory two sets of golf clubs!

In 1998 the XK8 was joined by the XKR, the first supercharged Jaguar sports car and in 2000 the models were upgraded with new seating, revised external trim and by 2002 with the new 6-speed transmission. By 2004 the cars received a further revamp with external styling changes, a wider choice of trim and over time a whole range of special editions were produced including the Carbon Fibre, the XKR 100 (celebrating the centenary of Sir William Lyons) and many others.

The XK8 and XKR became the best selling of Jaguar sporting models up to that time and only went out of production in 2005, being the very last cars leaving the line at the spiritual home of Jaguar, the Browns Lane Factory in Coventry.

Model Summary

Model Type:

XK8 Sportscars

Production Dates:

1996 - 2005

Engine Range:

4.0 Litre

4.0 Litre supercharged

4.2 Litre

4.2 Litre supercharged

0 - 60 mph:

4.0 Litre - 6.5 seconds

4.0 Litre supercharged - 5.2 seconds

4.2 Litre - 6.1 seconds

4.2 Litre supercharged - 5.2 seconds

Top Speed:

4.0 Litre - 155 mph

4.0 Litre supercharged - 155 mph

4.2 Litre - 155 mph

4.2 Litre supercharged - 155 mph

XK8 Sportscars Technical Specifications

Technical Information

Engine Statistics

 4.0 Litre
Engine (cc)3996
Bore and Stroke (mm)86 x 86
Compression Ratio10.75:1
BHP290
@ RPM6100
Torque (lb ft)290
@ RPM4250
FuellingFuel-injection
 4.0 Litre supercharged
Engine (cc)3996
Bore and Stroke (mm)86 x 86
Compression Ratio9:1
BHP370
@ RPM6150
Torque (lb ft)387
@ RPM3600
FuellingFuel-injection
 4.2 Litre
Engine (cc)4196
Bore and Stroke (mm)86 x 90.3
Compression Ratio11:1
BHP300
@ RPM6000
Torque (lb ft)310
@ RPM4100
FuellingFuel-injection
 4.2 Litre supercharged
Engine (cc)4196
Bore and Stroke (mm)96 x 90.3
Compression Ratio9:1
BHP400
@ RPM6100
Torque (lb ft)408
@ RPM3500
FuellingFuel-injection

Engine Performance

 4.0 Litre
Top Speed155 mph
0 - 60 mph6.5 seconds
Fuel Consumption23 mpg
 4.0 Litre supercharged
Top Speed155 mph
0 - 60 mph5.2 seconds
Fuel Consumption23 mpg
 4.2 Litre
Top Speed155 mph
0 - 60 mph6.1 seconds
Fuel Consumption24.9 mpg
 4.2 Litre supercharged
Top Speed155 mph
0 - 60 mph5.2 seconds
Fuel Consumption22.9 mpg

Model Specifications

 4.0 Litre
Transmission5-speed ZF auto
Wheel Size (in)17 or 18
Suspension (Front)Ind unequal-length wishbones, anti-drive, coil springs
Suspension (Rear)Ind double wishbones, driveshafts as upper links, anti-squat, coil springs, CATS optional
Brakes4-wheel disc, all ventilated
 4.0 Litre supercharged
Transmission5-speed MB auto
Wheel Size (in)18 or 19
Suspension (Front)Ind unequal-length wishbones, anti-drive, coil springs
Suspension (Rear)Ind double wishbones, driveshafts as upper links, anti-squat, coil springs
Brakes4-wheel disc, all ventilated
 4.2 Litre
Transmission6-speed ZF auto
Wheel Size (in)17, 18 or 19
Suspension (Front)Ind unequal-length wishbones, anti-drive, coil springs
Suspension (Rear)Ind double wishbones, driveshafts as upper links, anti-squat, coil springs
Brakes4-wheel disc, all ventilated
 4.2 Litre supercharged
Transmission6-speed ZF auto
Wheel Size (in)17, 18 , 19 or 20
Suspension (Front)Ind unequal-length wishbones, anti-drive, coil springs
Suspension (Rear)Ind double wishbones, driveshafts as upper links, anti-squat, coil springs
Brakes4-wheel disc, all ventilated

Model Dimensions

 4.0 Litre
Length (in)187
Width (in)72
Height (in)51
Wheelbase (in)102
Front Track (in)57
Rear Track (in)57
Weight (Cwt)31.9 (33.6 convertible)
 4.0 Litre supercharged
Length (in)187
Width (in)72
Height (in)51
Wheelbase (in)102
Front Track (in)57
Rear Track (in)57
Weight (Cwt)32.3 (34.1 convertible)
 4.2 Litre
Length (in)187
Width (in)72
Height (in)51
Wheelbase (in)102
Front Track (in)57
Rear Track (in)57
Weight (Cwt)33.2 (34.9 convertible)
 4.2 Litre supercharged
Length (in)187
Width (in)72
Height (in)51
Wheelbase (in)102
Front Track (in)57
Rear Track (in)57
Weight (Cwt)34.2 (35.7 convertible)

Optional Extras

  • Mud flaps
  • Cruise control (where not fitted as standard)
  • Tailored overmats
  • Headlight power-wash system
  • Premium hi-fi system with CD auto-changer in boot
  • Child's safety seat
  • Child's booster cushion
  • First-aid kit for boot area
  • Space-saver spare wheel
  • Full-sized spare wheel
  • Fire extinguisher for boot area
  • Jaguar warning triangle
  • Headlamp converters
  • Headlamp safety covers
  • Mobile telephone kits
  • Snow chains
  • Luggage net for boot area
  • Witter tow bar kit
  • Cup-holders for forward centre console area
  • Heated windscreen
  • Ultrasonic intrusion security system
  • Tool kit roll
  • Heated front seats
  • Jaguar 'Growler' alloy wheel centre badges, various colours
  • Power-folding door mirrors
  • Chrome door mirror surrounds (where not fitted)
  • Bright rear number plate surround (chrome)
  • Self-dipping rear-view mirror
  • Wood/leather steering wheel (where not fitted)
  • Foglamp protective covers
  • Wind deflector (convertible models only)
  • Tailored front seat covers
  • Boot-mounted carrier
  • Luggage box for boot mounting on carrier
  • Boot rack ski holder
  • Boot rack cycle/mountain bike holder
  • Various options for fitted luggage for the boot
  • Round alloy gear knob
  • Satellite navigation system (later cars)
  • Reverse park aid
  • Auxiliary power socket
  • Tracker security system
  • Aspheric door mirrors
  • Lockable boot-mounted security box
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Xenon headlight units (where not fitted)
  • Heated rear screen
  • Rear spoiler
  • Air filtration system to air conditioning
  • Cold climate pack
  • Bird's eye maple veneer (2005 as alternative to walnut veneer)
  • Bur elm veneer (2004 as alternative to walnut veneer)
  • Piano black finish (2004 as alternative to walnut veneer)
  • Memory pack of interior trim additions
  • Technology pack of Adaptive cruise control. speed limiter, Alpine sound system, and navigational system
  • 18in seven-spoke sports alloy wheels (exposed wheel nuts)
  • 17in XJR five spoke Revolver chromed alloy wheels
  • 18in Apollo alloy wheels (later cars)
  • 17in XJR-style five-spoke alloy wheels
  • 17in Lamina five-spoke alloy wheels (later cars)
  • 18in Impeller alloy wheels (later cars)
  • 18in seven-flute alloy wheels
  • 17in Gemini five-spoke double flute alloy wheels (post-2002)
  • 18in Centaur seven-spoke alloy wheels (post-2002)
  • 18in Hydra alloy wheels (standard on XKR post-2002)
  • 18in Aris (2004/5 model year optional choice)
  • 19in Atlas (2004/5 model year optional choice)
  • R-Performance specifics
  • 18in Milan split-rim alloy wheels
  • 18in Winter alloy wheels
  • 20in Paris split-rim alloy wheels
  • 20in Detroit split-rim alloy wheels
  • 20in Montreal nine-spoke alloy wheels (post-2002)
  • 20in Sepang (only applicable to facelift models, post-2004)
  • Brembo brakes
  • XK handling pack (XK8 models only)

XK8 Sportscars Events

Shesley

This action-packed weekend always attracts a very wide variety of pre-1980's competition cars competing on the historic hill climb course, plus spectacular static vehicle displays, trade stands, vintage-inspired entertainment, musicians, live...

This action-packed weekend always attracts a very wide variety of pre-1980's competition cars competing on the historic hill climb course, plu...

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The Jaguar Enthusiast' Club visit Hull for our first Big Forum Weekend, based at the Mercure Hull Grange Park....

The Jaguar Enthusiast' Club visit Hull for our first Big Forum Weekend, based at the Mercure Hull Grange Park....

Club News

Cadwell Park Adam Powderham Pursues The Mid Field Pack

This 2.2 mile Parkland circuit is wonderful when dry but in the wet, with a grid full of Jaguars? A totally different story. Arriving on Friday for free practice, it was pouring & extremely slippery.

This 2.2 mile Parkland circuit is wonderful when dry but in the wet, with a grid full of Jaguars? A totally different story. Arriving on Friday for free practice, it was pouring & extremely slippery.

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Model Contacts

Mike Horlor

Mike Horlor

XK8 Forum Co-ordinator

Tel: +44 01977 681634 @: modernxk.jec@gmail.com

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