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1983-1988 Jaguar XJ-S Cabriolet specifications

1983-1988 Jaguar XJ-S Cabriolet specifications Classic and Performance Car

Like the six-cylinder XJ-SC, the V12 Cabriolet wasn’t open-topped Jaguar motoring at its best.


The launch of a new Jaguar engine isn’t exactly a common event, and is usually executed in stages. As when the first V12s were fitted to the E-type, when Jaguar finished its slant-six AJ6 engine in 1983, it installed it in the XJ-S before making it available to saloon buyers three years later. The Cabrio XJ-S was a halfway house to full open-top motoring, as it retained a heavy (and ugly) roll-over structure and the coupé’s passenger doors. It paved the way for a full convertible in later years. V12 version came in 1985 and makes a great tourer.

Production

  • Price at launch:
    £33,400
  • Price (excellent)
    £25,000
  • Price (good):
    £1,500
  • Price (average):
    £10,000
  • Price (project):
    £4,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    8.7secs
  • Top speed:
    136.0mph
  • Power:
    223.0bhp
  • Torque:
    277.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    In-line six-cylinder
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    electronic fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, semi-trailing wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Sub-frame mounted independent, hubs located by driveshafts and lower transverse links, twin coil springs/damper units
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-Engine RWD
  • Steering:
    Rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    Monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed automatic

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4765mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2590mm
  • Width:
    1790mm
  • Height:
    1210mm
  • Weight:
    1985kgs

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