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Monstrous Jaguar Tamed by Depreciation

For the price of a Ford Fiesta you too can enjoy supreme comfort and terrifying power

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The Jaguar XJR is a savage beast. A supercharged predator disguised as a gentleman's club. Time to tame the monster. For the price of a Ford Fiesta you too can enjoy supreme comfort and terrifying power.

The Jaguar XJR (1997-2003) boasts a 4.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. It generates 370bhp and charges to 60mph in 5.3 seconds. The acceleration is astonishing and the glorious supercharger helps propel you to an electronically limited 155mph.

As expected the handling is excellent. The automatically adjusting suspension effectively maintains stability and a silky smooth ride. The automatic gearbox is responsive and beautify weighted steering provides useful feedback. So, what does this leviathan cost?

A 2001 XJR costs £9,000. Excellent value, but consider running expenses. Repair costs will make your eyes water and fuel consumption is only 21mpg. Insurance premiums are steep and powerful vehicles are penalised under VED proposals. When choosing an XJR disregard anything without full service history, and avoid 1997-2000 models. Later examples are better built.

The XJR is among the world's most prestigious vehicles. It seats five people in absolute luxury and generates enough power to shake your fillings loose. Not bad for £9,000. So, who fancies that Ford Fiesta?