Jaguar XJL Ultimate
Don’t fret over any confusion you may have over the various XJ designations; they follow neither those of the XJs of yore nor the range’s other models. Gone are the days of the Super V-8 and Vanden Plas (Daimler in Europe). The Portfolio has moved downmarket, and a mid-level, quasi-performance Supercharged variant has been added. Even the new-for-2014, 542-horsepower XJR is better aligned, in terms of hardware and price, with company’s R-S range, but the base, 500-horsepower performance model is called the SuperSport, leaving a hole in the naming convention if it were suddenly to jump up to the XJR-S. Then there is the premier trim level: the Jaguar XJL Ultimate. Being an XJL, it offers nearly five more inches of rear seat legroom but kicks it up a notch with two individual reclining rear chairs with massage and heating/cooling functions. In addition, each rear passenger is entertained by not one, but two screens in front of them, an eight-inch LCD and an iPad. With a keyboard tray and footrests thrown in, we’ll just call this Jaguar awesome.
Engine: 5.0-liter supercharged V-8
0-60: 4.7 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph (limited)
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Torque: 461 foot-pounds