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Why you should buy this car: All that watching "Top Gear" has you believing British cars truly are the best in the world. You want a classy, fast, comfortable full-size luxury car that doesn't have an aftertaste of bratwurst.

Why you shouldn't buy this car: It's four cylinders short of over-the-top luxury. Ford hasn't exactly fixed Jaguar's questionable quality issues. It's still a little too retro.

Suitability Parameters:
· Speed Merchants: Yes
· Fashion Victims: No
· Treehuggers: No
· Mack Daddies: Yes
· Tuner Crowd: No
· Hairdressers: No
· Penny Pinchers: Yes (rich ones)
· Euro Snobs: Yes
· Working Stiffs: No
· Technogeeks: No
· Poseurs: No
· Soccer Moms: No
· Nascar Dads: No
· Golfing Grandparents: Yes

Also Consider:
· Mercedes-Benz S600
· BMW 760Li
· Audi A8 W12

Vitals:
· Manufacturer: Jaguar
· Model tested: XJ Super V8
· Model year: 2006
· Base Price: $91,330
· Price as Tested: $91,995
· Engine type: Supercharged 4.2-liter DOHC 32-valve V-8
· Horsepower: 400 hp @ 6100 rpm
· Torque: 413 ft.-lbs. @ 3500 rpm
· Transmission: 6-speed manumatic
· Curb Weight: 4001 lbs
· LxWxH: 205.3 x 76.5 x 57.3 in
· Wheelbase: 124.4 in
· Tires: P255/40ZR19 Pirelli PZero System
· Drive type: rear-wheel-drive
· 0 - 60 mph: 5.0 sec.
· Fuel economy city/highway: 17 / 24
· NHTSA crash test rating: not tested

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[by Mike Austin]

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Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Jaguar XJ Super V8, Part 1, Part 2 [internal]