As soon as I noticed that JLR had an XJR on their list of cars at this years (2017) SMMT Test Day at Millbrook I began frothing at the mouth. There was no way that I was going to leave Millbrook without driving this car, not only was it the 548bhp fire breathing monster version, but the perfect colour combo too.
I always feel like a kid on Christmas morning when I get behind the wheel of an XJ, it’s one of my favourite ‘normal’ cars, and will be one of the first I buy in my 'lottery-win' garage. Although we only had 20 minutes together I was totally satisfied, taking it around the Hill Route was a hoot with its poise and power, and that acceleration - 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 174mph - absolute bonkers. This, dear reader, is a proper Jag.
Then for a laugh I took it around the tight and narrow city route that mimics, well, city and town centre driving with tight turns and mini roundabouts. Of course the XJR felt equally at home tootling around this short course as it did the hill route with its fabulous electric steering making light work of it all. If I had to have only one car for everything, and I'm not talking 4x4, then then XJR would be it.