The launch of a new Jaguar engine isn’t exactly a common event, and is usually executed in stages. As is the case when the first V12s were fitted to the E-type sports car, when Jaguar finished its slant-six engine known as the AJ6, it installed it in the XJ-S in 1983 before making it available to saloon car buyers, three years later. The Cabriolet version of the XJ-S was a half-way house to full open-topped motoring, as it retained a heavy (and ugly) roll-over structure, and the coupé’s passenger doors. Paved the way for a full convertible in later years.
Price at launch:
Independent, semi-trailing wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar
Sub-frame mounted independent, hubs located by driveshafts and lower transverse links, twin coil springs/damper units
rack and pinion
Five-speed manual/Three-speed automatic