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16 May 2001

All alloy AJ-V8 32-valve engines replace old straight six and V12 There is a choice of three engines, 3.2 and 4.0-litre normally aspirated and high performance 4.0-litre supercharged

Quad-cam V8 engines offer greater smoothness and power than six- cylinder predecessors. The 3.2-litre engine produces 179kW and the 4.0-litre 216kW

Variable inlet cam phasing (VCP) system optimises valve timing, increasing both low-speed torque and top-end power

New five-speed automatic transmissions feature a wide gear ratio spread, overdrive top gear and low-inertia torque converter

A 32-bit electronic transmission control module determines gearshift points based on driver demands and road conditions

Stability and traction control systems provide safe, controllable handling through electronic engine and brake intervention

The security system features an immobiliser and auto locking on driveaway

Service costs are reduced by a third compared to previous model over 100,000km

Over 30 per cent of body structure is new or modified for improved quality and durability. Softer shapes for new bumpers and front grille freshen appearance

Interior features new one-piece, slush moulded facia incorporating XK8-derived instruments. Centre console and one- piece door casings are also new

Delicate, stylish analogue clock in dash centre adds to classy feel

Climate control system offers improved warm-up and demister performance and enhanced refinement

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A minimum of 80 per cent by weight of each V8 XJ Series is recyclable

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