The original Jaguar XJ Series first graced the automotive market in 1968 with the straight-six powered Series 1 luxury sedan. In honor of the flagship’s 50th anniversary, Jaguar released a limited-edition model called the XJ50.
Available exclusively in long-wheelbase form, the XJ50 is powered by a 340-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 or a 470-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. The V-6 is offered in all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, but the V-8 only sends power to the rear wheels.
The XJ50 features unique front and rear bumpers, 20-inch wheels with a gloss black diamond turned finish, a gloss black front grille, and unique badging on the rear and side vents. Fuji White, Santorini Black, Loire Blue, and Rosello Red are the available exterior colors.
Inside the XJ50, the premium sedan features diamond-quilted seats with an embossed Jaguar on the headrests and an XJ50 logo on the center armrest. The paddle shifters are made of aluminum and complement the bright metal pedals. The interior also sports XJ50-badged door sills that illuminate as well as unique intaglio (engraved) branding.
“Spanning half a century, the Jaguar XJ remains true to its heritage with a wonderful balance of beautiful design, intelligent performance and indulgent luxury that ensures it stands out from the crowd,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design.
The current XJ is in its eighth generation and should be replaced by a redesigned model soon, possibly by 2019. The first-generation 1972 XJ12 was the only mass-produced 12-cylinder (5.3-liter V-12) four-door car at the time of its release and had a top speed of about 140 mph, making it the fastest four-seater at the time.
Check out Jaguar’s timeline below for a closer look at the history of the XJ.