74,457 Original Miles


Automatic Transmission
4.0L Supercharged V8
370 hp @ 6150 RPM*
387 lb/ft torque @ 3600 RPM*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 5.2 seconds
Top Speed: 170 MPH
*Base MSRP in 2002: $79,330


*Seller Asking:


Fast Facts:
  • The Super V8 was the long-wheelbase variant of the XJR (essentially a supercharged “Vanden Plas”). Super V8s feature the same supercharged engine and 325mm brakes from the XJR, but have all the creature comforts of the Vanden Plas trim (more wood, softer leather, etc)
  • At $80k, it was also the most expensive vehicle in Jaguar’s lineup, requiring a $10k premium over the XJR. It was also a very low production model, with only 788 supercharged long-wheelbase Jags built between 1999 and 2003
  • While the Super V8 uses CATS (Computer Active Technology Suspension) like the XJR, the setup in the Super V8 is tuned for a softer ride. The longer wheelbase of the Super V8 also improves the ride quality over the sportier XJR
  • The transmission in the XJR comes from Mercedes (5G Tronic). As this transmission is durable enough for the Mercedes M113 V8 (SL500, CLK500, etc), it is more than adequate for the XJR’s supercharged engine. Compared to the ZF transmission used in the base XJ8 (known for prematurely failure on early models), this transmission is much stronger and virtually problem free
  • The XJR’s V8 (AJ27S) is a genuine Jaguar powerplant assembled in Wales (not a Ford product). The XJR does not use the variable cam timing system found in the base model, as the benefits of VCT (improved volumetric efficiency) aren’t nearly as noticeable in a boosted engine. This aluminum powerplant weighs 200 kg (dry)
  • It is quite easy to extract more power from the XJR’s engine. The Eaton M112 supercharger is only driven at a 2:1 drive ratio, with the engine’s redline coming in at 6,150 RPM (vs 6,800 for the base N/A engine). Since Eaton claims this supercharger can spin at a speed of 14,000 RPM, one could easily increase the pulley ratios for more horsepower. Doing so would require more frequent drive belt changes. Factory boost is 11.6 psi
  • The AJV8 was quite high-strung compared to the typical German V8 of the era. These overhead cam engines used solid tappets. Jaguar didn’t bother with hydraulic tappets as testing revealed valve lash to be well within specification after 110,000 miles
  • The AJV8 also featured one of the lightest valvetrains in its class @ 100 grams (including valve, spring retainer, etc). This was substantially lighter than a hydraulic tappet setup, as found on BMW’s M62. As such, it is no surprise that this engine can rev to nearly 7,000 RPM in N/A form. The AJV8 actually generates valve acceleration at a rate of 0.027 mm/deg^2, which is noticeably faster than the 0.020 mm/deg^2 rate of BMW’s M62
  • While this generation of Jaguar cars was designed under Ford ownership, the XJ and XK are not Ford products (a common misconception). The XJ/XK are genuine Jaguar vehicles built in the Coventry, England plant and use Jaguar-built engines (AJ-V8) composed of Jaguar parts (minus the supercharger -very few Ford parts exist on these cars). The only Jags built by Ford are the X type and S type
Key Model Year Changes:
  • 2002 marks the first year of the “Super V8” designation. Prior to 2002, buyers had to special order a supercharged long-wheelbase Vanden Plas. These pre-2002 cars are referred to as “Vanden Plas Supercharged” models, yet they are identical to the Super V8
  • 2002 also marks the first year of the latest and greatest metal-bodied timing chain tensioners. Specifically, cars with an engine build date of Aug 13th, 2001 or later (engine S/N 0108130000 and onward) have these Morse-style metal tensioners. Early 2002 MY cars may not have these tensioners. The above date refers to the engine build date, not the vehicle build date
  • Prior years feature plastic tensioners that are prone to failing extremely early. Thankfully, these earlier cars can easily be retrofitted with the newer style tensioner
  • After 2001, very few notable changes occurred other than the tensioners
  • The following year (2003) marks the final year of production for the X308 generation. 2003 is the first and only year of the R1 Performance package


Seller Notes:
  • 1 of only 788 built between 1999 -2003
  • Black (anthracite) with black interior
  • Fully loaded
  • Runs perfect
  • California car
  • Have original dealer window sticker
  • New shocks, tires and front end bushings
  • All service records
  • No dents
  • Contact seller through Craigslist link below (link will be deleted once ad is gone)


  • Location: Santa Cruz, California – (more photos below)
  • SOLDUpdate: Seller’s Autotrader ad has been deleted (sold or removed from market)

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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output.
*Performance numbers pulled from either the factory brochure or reputable automotive road tests.
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