The second spawn of Gottleib Daimler, and once Britain's most prestigious auto marque, unveiled its reborn Super Eight sedan, to the delight of all good ladies and gentlemen. While Americans will likely see the new Daimler for the bejeweled long-wheelbase Jaguar XJ sedan it is, us Yanks won't be getting our left-steering mitts on it — barring our becoming Fleet Street ex-pats (or more likely, Guy Ritchie's manservants). That's because the 80,000-quid (i.e., 140,000-buck) luxosteamer is exclusively British — with an interior fitted with more leather trim, walnut veneer and woollen carpeting than the Pall Mall Travellers Club.
The Jag-come-lately, which will go on sale later this year, gets the XJR's 400hp, 4.2-liter supercharged V8 and ZF six-speed autobox, which the company says can launch the town coach to 60mph in five seconds — and continue until the no-no swich flips at 155mph. The aluminium underpinnings the Super Eight shares with poorer relations (XJ) makes it lighter than any Daimler that's come before.
Inside, it's got a wealth of electronic lux to match the royal furnishings — with powered front and rear seating, heated/memory driver's throne, adjustable pedal positioning, a front-cabin telephone, CD-audio and climate control and optional headrest TV displays that can pull in broadcast signals. You know what that means? Reruns of "Yes, Minister," without doubt, during those long rides to Brussels for tea and global domination. Touch a bit of .
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