Another interesting article from Hemming’s from a few years back, comparing the face-lift V-12s and straight sixes. One thing I found rather disturbing is that, despite the higher h.p. with the V-12, it has a slightly SLOWER 0-60 acceleration than the 4.0s and a top speed only 2-3 MPH or so above that of the 4.0. wth? So what’s the purpose/advantage of even owning the (problematic) V-12s?
At least this article seems to finally put to rest the debate over the '92-'93 V-12 rear reflectors/“lamps”. At least one vendor of NOS replacements mentions in their listing that supposedly the reflectors were red when installed at the factory but somehow “became transparent” over time (presumably due to ultraviolet sun exposure ). However, I had wondered about that claim, as I can’t imagine a top notch manufacturer/supplier of reflectors to Jaguar making that basic and costly of a flub. This article makes it quite clear (no pun intended ) that the '92 MY reflectors were indeed transparent, but that this lack of colorization was not acceptable to U.S. regs, so they were changed to red color with the '93 MY. (phew - and here I was getting set to have to shell out $170.00 or so for one of the last pair of red NOS ones to “correct” my '92 5.3 ).