First Drive: 2014 Jaguar XJR

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Jaguar In Its Purest Form

2014 Jaguar XJR

Jaguar has spent a lot of time, money and engineering effort refocusing itself for the modern world. In 2006, the current XK replaced the former XK8 and introduced a new aluminum-intensive chassis architecture to Jaguar’s portfolio, and two years later, the XF whipped up a similar overhaul to its classical styling department.

The next major revision came in 2009, with the introduction of the achingly attractive and completely new XJ sedan, and this step struck us as the biggest improvement yet; not only was Jaguar’s flagship built atop a cutting-edge platform, it boasted a newfound sense of style that pointed toward the future while still echoing the brand’s storied past. This trend has continued most recently with the two-door F-Type that we’ve already grown quite fond of.

While we have been suitably impressed with the direction Jaguar has been taking over these last few years, there’s been one large, gaping hole big enough for a Leaper to jump through: a true flagship performance sedan. That omission gets a massive plug for 2014 with the relaunch of the XJR nameplate. We spent a day in the reborn XJR in and around the picturesque locales of Seattle, WA, with the goal of finding out if Jaguar’s newfound mojo would extend to the most powerful version of its biggest sedan.

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