Pardon my saying so Paul, but I am confused by your choices.
First, the XJR is a “sport” model. Jaguar positioned it to compete with the
Audi S8/S6, BMW M5 and AMG E55. The Jaguar makes some different choices of
emphasis; but this is the intended playground for the XJR. The suspension
tuning and tire choices are part and parcel of competing in that market.
You are never going to get it to ride like a touring sedan. I do hope that
you get it to a place you like, however.
If you are trying to soften the ride, your tire choice doesn’t make much
sense to me. The S03PP is a no compromises performance tire – and a very
good one. It has a very stiff sidewall and is comparatively noisy. At your
next change, I think you would probably be happier with a tire in the “grand
touring” class. These tires are quiet, transmit less energy into the
suspension, yet handle very well. Michelin, Dunlop and Pirelli all have
excellent tires in this class.
If you like the power of the supercharged engine but want the cushier
touring ride, Jaguar makes a car like that too. The Van den Plas
Supercharged (2000, 2001) and Super V8 (2002+, same car different badging)
is just that – long wheel base, the VPD appointments, the scalded engine,
and a nice cushy ride. Two BIG problems, though – availability and price.
The car was special order only in 2000 and (I think) 2001 and I bet they
haven’t sold many 2002s. I just saw the sticker for the 2003 model – hold
your breath, a few bucks under $80,000. I have seen at least two 2000
models hit the used market. If this is your dream Jaguar, you may want to
wait a few years and scour the used market.
From: PaulK [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, August 09, 2002 4:29 AM
Subject: Re: [x300] XJR - performance bargain - or service nightmare??
In reply to a message from Mick sent Fri 9 Aug 2002:
I chose this size because it
was the closest 17’’ Bridgestone SO-3 I could get to match the
overall height of the 16 ''put on the Vanden Plas (assuming that
the VDP was the ‘‘touring’’ model & I wanted to stay close to some
type of ‘‘factory’’ sedan spec). I bought the XJR because it was
the car available at the time - actually the Vanden Plas would
have suited my needs (and driving style) much better. Pascal, I
guess I don’t understand why the factory would put stiff
suspension and low profile wheels & tires on a long-wheel base 4
door sedan - to me, this is like buying the Queen a set of roller
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