New Jaguar XJ ‘Ultimate’ AnnouncedBy Chris Walsh
April 26, 2012
For those of you who enjoy the finer things in life – you might want read this. Because Jaguar has just announced plans to create the most luxurious, opulent and elaborate XJ in the car’s 45-year history. Based exclusively on the long-wheelbase version, the interior of the Ultimate focuses heavily on rear passenger comfort, providing a fully appointed business class experience for only the biggest of Big Cheeses.
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For starters, a full-length, leather-trimmed centre console separates the two individually tailored rear seats, which feature power adjustment, ventilation, massage and lumbar functions. A table, machined from solid aluminium with piano-black and chrome detailing, rises up from the centre console at the touch of a button to provide a working area for two third-generation iPads with wireless keyboards that are housed in bespoke leather-trimmed docks in the rear of the front seats.
If like me, you find it pretty frustrating when there’s nowhere to store the old bottle of shampers’, worry not, because this XJ comes with a bespoke champagne chiller mounted between the two rear seats. This cools the bottle to what experts agree, is the perfect temperature before ‘presenting’ it forwards when the chiller is opened. Two ‘specially commissioned’ champagne flutes sit in a purpose made cabinet beneath the centre table.
A full rear seat package with twin headrest screens and wireless headphones complete the experience in combination with a new 20-speaker surround sound in-car entertainment system developed by British audio experts Meridian. To underline its purpose in ensuring that passengers remain cosseted at all times, the XJ Ultimate features revisions to the suspension to optimise rear ride comfort, with no compromise to the car’s dynamic ability.
The first 20 Ultimate models made will be painted in Celestial Black, but customers can also order their car in Polaris White – and any colour in between. In addition to an exclusive extended palette of paint colours, including a new ‘chromaflare’ range, XJ Ultimate customers can order their car colour-matched to any shade of their choosing on provision of a suitable sample for a true bespoke experience.
The XJ Ultimate will be offered with Jaguar’s existing 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine (in supercharged form) and the equally highly regarded 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged diesel. With over 500bhp and 625Nm of torque on offer, the supercharged V8 provides astonishing performance. The V6 diesel also offers uncannily smooth and potent progress while returning fuel consumption figures of 40.1mpg (EU) on the combined cycle.
Significantly, the XJ Ultimate will also be offered with Jaguars new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine, which will be introduced from 2013. This engine, which in the XJ Ultimate will produce 335bhp and 450Nm, draws on the award-winning technology inherent to Jaguar’s V8 and offers similar performance to the naturally-aspirated version of that engine (which is not available in the XJ Ultimate), but with the emissions and fuel economy advantages of a V6. Full prices and spec’s to be announced soon, just after you’ve won the lottery.