There were many who thought that Ford’s purchase of Jaguar would mean that new Jaguar models would essentially be Ford Taurus vehicles dressed up to look pretty, but with the introduction of the 1994 Jaguar XJ6, all those fears were put to rest. The new XJ6, in fact, looked more like a model resurrected from the 60s than anything else, in a good way. Codenamed X300 when in development, it was the first model built entirely under new ownership, and it did Jaguar historians proud, with its long sculpted hood, low roof and excellent seats. More than anything, Ford wanted to dispel the faint aura of unreliability that had hovered over Jaguar cars for decades, and the new XJ6 did the trick!
With a history of over 40 years (at the time), the straight-six engine that was fitted in the new, early XJ6 was remarkable, but even more so the new V8 that graced it starting in 1998, with 24 valves, a 3.3-liter displacement and 240 horsepower. It could push the car to a top speed of 140 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, more than acceptable figures for a large, relatively heavy executive sedan.
The 1994 Jaguar XJ6 featured impeccable build quality and assembly, much improved reliability, and even more importantly, was really fun to drive, even when compared to its German peers.