This car is a member of Jag’s XJ lineup, which also includes the base model XJ sedan, a Supercharged model and a Supersport model. The XJL is an extended-length version.
The XJL has a colossal 5.0-liter V-8 direct-injection engine that makes a whopping 385 horsepower. That titanic power plant is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
If you’re a real speed maniac, though, go for the Supercharged model’s 5.0-liter V-8, which makes 470 ponies.
Still not satisfied?
Alright, hotshot, hop in the Supersport, and behold its 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 510 horsepower.
But the great thing about the XJL is that even with this enormous amount of power, the ride is still gentle and mannerly. So while this Jag roars when it comes to the ride, the driver and passenger experience is still a pleasant purr.
Jaguar says it uses an air-spring suspension that adjusts ride rigidity in accordance with conditions.
For people who live in colder climes, the XJL offers JaguarDrive Control with a Winter Mode setting, which allows you to negotiate snowy roads a bit easier.
There is also Dynamic Stability Control to help you keep it in the road.
A car with an engine of this size tends to get a bit thirsty, and the XJL is no exception, with its fuel economy numbers of 15 mpg city, 22 highway.
The XJL stands out with its sweeping design that features a rear spoiler, 19-inch wheels, LED tail lights, a panoramic glass roof and adaptive headlights.
The elegant interior features black and chrome surfaces and a leather clad dashboard and steering wheel.
One neat touch is how the gear selector rises from the center console when you start the car. The 12.3-inch display screen shows gauges in analog format.
All of this big luxury and big technology comes with a pretty big price, as the test drive car was marked at $85,575.
But this cat is a great choice if you want to roar down the road with power, but purr along in quiet comfort.