2011 Jaguar XJL Supersport Review

Join host Ross Rapoport as he reviews the 2011 Jaguar XJL Supersport, the L referring to the long wheelbase version and the “supersport” classification warranted by its impressive performance.  True to its heritage, the XJL lives up to Jaguar’s old sales slogan of “Grace, Space, Pace”.

The XJ first hit roads in 1968 and has been evolving ever since. For 2011, Jaguar took a risk with the re-design of the XJL’s rear styling. While the car remains distinctly Jaguar, the modern style updates are a nice change.  On the inside, both the driver and the passengers will be riding in style and comfort.

Performance-wise, the XJL Supersport is a beast with a 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds and a  5-liter V8 that produces 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque.  With the supercharger, max torque can be achieved at a mere 2,500 rpm.  Considering the output of the XJL, the fuel economy averages of 15 city and 21 highway can be considered decent to good for a vehicle of this type.

As Ross mentioned in the review, sticker shock might hit prospective buyers when they see a starting price of $113,200 (as-tested price of $114,075). But, when considering its competitors (the the Porsche Panamera, Aston Martin Rapide, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series), the XJL’s performance and price are unmatched.

795 comments

  1. S8 wasn’t out at the time we shot the review. But I think I’d definitely want an S8 over the XJL at this point.

  2. Yeah,he wasn’t a very good example for the back seat.If you go look at the XJ on Automotivemedia,they have a six foot tall guy sit in the back.It’s still plenty BIG!

  3. It’s a great car, but the touch screen is very slow, the doors can creak, and a bot too big for standard UK roads…

  4. Looks a bit too ‘American’. Especially from the rear.I expect that will appeal to Americans though. ;->

  5. Rear set is enormous when you are 5’2″, it is cozy but adequate for any non Frodo Baggins type.

  6. I’m not a huge Jaguar fan, but I love this car. There is nothing like the smell of a genuine leather interior.

  7. “the power of the car can peel your face off” – then he pulls a poker face.
    well trolled Ross, well trolled.

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  11. Speaking of competition, consider the S class. It’s better in every way. Including the sticker price, gentleman.

  12. Maybe it’s just me, but I really hope that most car companies keep traditional gauges in their cars, rather than the LCD screens

  13. me too! I know it’s an extremely high quality car with the best equipment in it, but I still have that concern, what if something happens to the screen and I won’t be able to switch it on and I’m somewhere in the middle of nowhere?

  14. You must crazy. Mercedes models 2000 and up are cheaply made and with even cheaper materials.

  15. Yeah, that doesn’t make sense. It’s better in SOME ways, but not every way. For example, this would smoke most s-class’ less than 150k. Secondly, the starting price of a S-class is around 90k. These start for WAY less.

  16. Yeah, that doesn’t make sense. It’s better in SOME ways, but not every way. For example, this would smoke most s-class’ less than 150k. Secondly, the starting price of a S-class is around 90k. These start for WAY less.

  17. The long wheel base of this car caught my eye on a mountain highway a couple of days ago. Nice marriage of classic luxury and modern design. Good review.

  18. The long wheel base of this car caught my eye on a mountain highway a couple of days ago. Nice marriage of classic luxury and modern design. Good review.

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