By Drew Johnson
Thursday, Nov 10th, 2011 @ 9:17 am
 
Jaguar has announced two new performance packages for its flagship XJ sedan. The packages promise to improve upon the performance and looks of the big sedan.

Speed Pack
Exclusively available on XJ models equipped with the 510 horsepower version of Jaguar's supercharged V8, the Speed Pack adds styling changes to set it apart from the standard car and, of course, more speed.

Visually the XJ Speed Pack is differentiated from the standard car by a front splitter and rear spoiler, gloss black accents, red painted brake calipers and a choice of 20-inch "Venom" or "Mataiva" style wheels. The Speed Pack also comes with an exclusive Jet Black interior with Red contrast stitching.

Upholding the package's name, the Speed Pack increases the XJ's top speed from 155mph to 174mph.

Sport & Speed Pack
Available on XJ models equipped with Jag's 470 horsepower supercharged V8, the Sport & Speed Pack adds a bit more content to the Speed Pack. Common between the two are red painted brake calipers, gloss black accents, front and rear spoilers and 20-inch "Venom" style wheels, but the Sport & Speed Pack includes a few more interior changes.

Cars equipped with the Sport & Speed Pack come equipped with sport style seats with soft grain leather, 18-way adjustments, three position memory, active ventilated, heating/cooling and power-adjustable bolsters. Buyers can choose to cover those sports seats in one of two bespoke colors - Jet Black with Ivory contrast stitching or Ivory with Jet Black contrast stitching.

The package also includes a Suedecloth headlining in Jet or Ivory, Piano Black or optional Carbon Fiber veneer and a bright metal pedal kit.

Like the Speed Pack, the Sport & Speed Pack raises the XJ's top end to 174mph.

"The XJ is much more than a limousine. Its power and potential mean it can out-perform many so-called sports cars," said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars. "The new Sport and Speed Packs allow customers to enhance that sporting dynamism even further and create an XJ that looks as good as it drives."

The Sport and Speed Packs will be available in standard and long wheelbase variants. Look for the Packs to debut at next week's Los Angeles Auto Show.