id=»article-body» class=»row» section=»article-body»> The XJ’s nine lives are up — for now at least.
Mike Cutler/Roadshow Experts tell us that the average house cat lives about 15 years, and the lifespan of outdoor cats is typically much shorter still. So consider it a triumph that the Jaguar XJ has been around since 1968 — over fifty years. In that time, the XJ has essentially led four generational lives — not nine. And now, it appears to be time to say goodbye. The British automaker has just revealed the 2019 Jaguar XJ Collection Special Edition, an end-of-run farewell model for the Big Outdoor Cat.
Limited to just 300 units as a US-only special edition, the XJ Collection seen here has just debuted at Wednesday’s 2019 LA Auto Show. Based on the long-wheelbase XJL Supercharged trim, spolorm hund the XJ Collection is powered by the company’s 470-horsepower, 424 pound-feet of torque forced-induction V8.
Special touches seem exceedingly modest as far as goodbye gifts to important dignitaries go: door panels with gloss oak veneers featuring unique linear laser inlays, special Collection badging, unique metal door-sill treadplates and a «XJ One of 300 Collection» intaglio badge affixed to its dashboard.
Even for an aging cat near the end of its life, the XJ Collection Special still looks to be pretty spry. The standard XJL Supercharged V8, Jaguar quotes 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed limited to 155 mph. As there are no mechanical changes, there’s no reason to think the XJ Collection won’t be every bit as fleet of foot.