A stylish and practical grand tourer!
Launched in 1996 to replace the long-standing XJ-S, the XK8 was the first Jaguar to use the light and powerful AJ 4 litre V8. Built on a modified XJ-S floorpan, the body style echoed that of the E Type, and it is one that has aged remarkably well over the years.
At Retro we have sourced several XK8s and XKRs (same engine, but supercharged) for customers, and, without exception, they have all been delighted with their cars.
The XK8 /R is not without issues as a car, but one with good service history and obviously coming from previous caring owners can be a lovely car to own, with zero depreciation, and great usability throughout the year. On the 4 litre cars, the timing chain tensioners and water pump MUST be uprated, if this was not already done by previous owners, and a prospective purchase needs to be examined closely for structural rust, which may not be externally obvious.
These cars are quite fast, very refined, comfortable and have a big boot. The hood is fully automatic, is lined and completely waterproof. Unlike so many cars (and people!) the looks defy their age. We have owned a series of 3 XK8s personally for the past 15 years, and have used them for extended long-distance European tours, and have throroughly enjoyed the experience!