Here are some of the specifications of my Jaguar XJ6 Series II. The specs are from Car Magazine's January 1980 test drive review, except where I've changed the colour to blue, where the specs are specific to my vehicle or are from another source.

Manufacturer: Jaguar Cars
Model: XJ6 Series II
Year of manufacture: 1980
Assembled: Blackheath, Cape Town, South Africa
Engine: XK 6 cylinder in-line 4.2 litre, dual overhead cam
Cubic capacity: 4235cm3
Bore/stroke: 92.1mm/106mm
Compression ratio: 7.8 to 1
Max power output: 128kW @ 4500rpm (mine may be closer to 150kW, because of the Series 3 head and gasflowing)
Max torque output: 313Nm @ 3000rpm (torque on my engine may be higher too)
Fuel supply: Two SU HIF-7 carburettors with electric manual choke replacing the SU Automatic Enrichment Device (AED) auto-choke
Fuel tanks: Two 45 litre tanks (CAR Magazine claims 105 litres total, but I've filled both from empty...)
Fuel used: 93-octane Caltex Vortex unleaded at high altitude, 97-octane unleaded at sea level
Emissions control: None (no catalytic converter, no emissions recovery, nothing!)
Engine number: 7L26675-S
Gearbox: Borg-Warner model 65 automatic
Gears: First 2.39 to 1, Second 1.45 to 1, Third 1 to 1, Reverse 2.09 to 1
Final drive: 3.07 to 1
Drive wheels: Rear
Wheels: Jaguar Kent alloy 6JK 15" 5-stud rims
Tyres: Dunlop SP Stratos 205/65VR15 inflated to 180kPa
Front: 284mm ventilated discs with four-piston callipers
Rear: 264mm solid discs, mounted inboard, with two-piston callipers
System: Pressure regulated, dual circuit, anti-lock, vacuum server boosted.
Type: Power assisted rack and pinion
Turns lock to lock: 3.3
Turning circle: 11.6m
Front: Independent, with 2 coils and gas-filled dampers, and anti-dive geometry
Rear: Independent, with 4 co-axial coils and gas-filled dampers
Length: 5.12m
Height: 1.37m
Width: 1.76m
Wheelbase: 2.87m
Front track: 1.47m
Rear track: 1.49m
Clearance: 0.15m
Mass: 1880kg unladen
Luggage capacity: 425 litres (dm3)
Maximum speed: 181 kph at sea level
Acceleration: 13.2 seconds for 0-100kph
Theoretical max speed: Given the gear and final drive ratios, theoretical maximum speed is 205kph
Braking: Average 3.8 seconds from 100-0kph
Gradients: 20 in 1st gear, 13 in 2nd, 9 in top
Fuel consumption: 22 litres/100km in typical traffic (about 10.7mpg in old-fashioned units) - old engine
18 litres/100km in typical traffic (about 13mpg in old-fashioned units) - new engine
13 litres/100km on the open road (about 18mpg in old-fashioned units) - new engine
Typical fuel range: 500km
Delivery spec:
Colour: Originally gold, resprayed Maroon (a metallic red a bit lighter than burgundy).
Dash: Burled walnut
Upholstery: Seats upholstered in light brown "thermally neutral" wool - warm in winter, cool in summer, and probably more appropriate for the South African climate than leather. Front seats covered in sheepskin seat covers. Door panels are covered with brown vinyl, and crash roll in black vinyl. Rear dashboard in black felt (my own work). Steering wheel is a black leather Momo wheel. Headliner (recently redone) is mid-grey.
Options: According to South African "Executive" badging: aircon, automatic, cruise-control, power steering, etc.
Sound system:
Sound system: Diamond radio/front-loader CD, silver-edged (matches fascia panel).
Speakers: 4 x Pioneer 70W 4" speakers mounted in original speaker enclosures.


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Last updated: 23 May 2000