5k: Status Cymbal: 2003 Jaguar XJR

If you are tightwad prudent buyer in the market for a post 2000 model year Euro performance sedan to lend credence to your claims to be a baller, you would probably select something from AMG, Audi S-line, or BMW’s M division — but you’d be wrong. What you really need is something that is brash, loud and elegant, but announces your arrival like the banging of two bronze cymbals, like this 2003 Jaguar XJR offered for $6,400 in Lemon Grove, CA via craigslist.

The Jaguar XJR first launched in the X300 platform marked the beginning of the end for Jaguar’s V12 power plants. The XJ12 was still available, but a sport/performance version called the XJR was released with a supercharged V8 that rendered the piston rich twin-inline-6 obsolete.  This X308 generation XJR is powered by a 4.0 liter V8 that is boosted to achieve 375 horsepower and 387 ft-lbs of torque.

The XJR might be capable of 0-60mph in 5 seconds and of reaching its 155 mph speed governor with ease, but you don’t buy it with the expectations of M5 levels of performance…no…you buy it for the luxury qualities, like walnut accented trim, fancy-pants white leather seats and a smooth shifting automatic transmission.

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