Magazine article Management Today

Mt Stuff: Motor Mouth - Jaguar XJR

Magazine article Management Today

Mt Stuff: Motor Mouth - Jaguar XJR

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Its engine was built in his home town so Sathnam Sanghera should have been blown away by this supercharged saloon.

For years now, my main defence when it came to cars was that they are not about money or status or compensating for penis size, but, like people and art, about feelings. I feel different when I'm driving a Range Rover from when I'm driving a Mini, and that is what makes automobiles fascinating for me.

Unfortunately, in recent months, this has become literally the case I've torn a hamstring, and while I wait for an operation, what I need from a car is not speed or beauty or torque, but simple comfort. And, unfortunately, this was something the ferocious Jaguar XJR struggled to provide.

There was a time I would have adored it without qualification. It is gorgeous to look at - as mean as anything Mercedes or BMW has produced, with its low-profile tyres, four exhausts and blacked-out windows. It produces a rumble that, even through the soundproofed interior, is animalistic and satisfying. It is nimble and sharp despite being the size of an operating theatre. And it is so monstrously fast that there was wheel spin at 20mph, I only dared to try the 'sport' button once, and I stopped parking in tight spaces because of its tendency to bolt away. Described as the 'ultimate XJ', people have compared it variously to the Mercedes S63 and Maserati Quattroporte V8, but I'd actually compare it to a space shuttle. It has a limited maximum speed of 174mph, but it felt as if it could hit 'warp speed' if not 'infinity'. …

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