Width: 2 | XJ40 1986 to 1990
XJ40 1986 to 1990
Jaguar's much delayed replacement for the XJ6, this initial version with 2.9 and 3.6 engines, produced from 1986 to 1990.
The original standard tyre in this period was a milimetric 220/65VR390 radial.
In 1986 the Jaguar XJ40 took over from the Series 3 XJ saloon; a car which had been launched as far back as 1968, albeit with a couple of hefty facelifts along the way. The new car featured Jaguar's new AJ6 engine in 2.9-litre and 3.6-litre forms while anti-lock brakes, power steering and self-levelling suspension were standard.
Things got sporty in 1989 with the arrival of the Jaguar XJR with its bodykit, alloy wheels and metallic paint, although it was mechanically the same as the regular 3.6-litre XJ40. Things got even sportier within a year, with the Jaguar XJR's engine growing to four litres, in line with the rest of the XJ40 range. At the same time, the XJ40's six-cylinder 2.9-litre engine was superseded by a 3.2-litre unit.
A revised XJ40 was launched in 1993 which brought a long-wheelbase Majestic option along with 3.2 Sport and 4.0 Sport models, with a bodykit, alloy wheels and enhanced interiors. More interestingly, 6.0-litre V12-engined Jaguar and Daimler models were introduced. But by 1994 it was all over, with the Jaguar XJ40 superseded by the X300.