Description: Full-Size Sports Sedan
Base MSRP Range: $45,330 - $63,330
Invoice Price Range: $41,251 - $57,631
Where built: England
The sleek shell of Jaguar's ritzy rear-wheel-drive (RWD) sports sedans feature a unique prow with oval articulated headlamps flanking a bold front grille that looks provocative.
Entry issue S-Type 3.0 uses a 3.0 V6, rated for 235 hp with a six-speed ZF automatic transmission, while S-Type 3.0 Aluminum Sport adds asport-tuned suspension plus aluminum cockpit trim and sport seats with perforated leather. S-Type 4.2 gets Jaguar's 4.2-liter V8, which climbs to 300 hp in 2006 with the six-speed ZF automatic.
Deluxe S-Type VDP with the naturally-aspirated V8 gains a leather and wood steering wheel, burl walnut trim, heated bucket seats, a power-motivated sun blind in the rear window, xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps up front and 17-inch alloy wheels.
But S-Type R -- rolling on 18-inch low-profile tires tied to Brembo brakes and packing the supercharged version of Jaguar's 4.2-liter V8 -- soars to 400 hp.
Sensuously styled sedans, coupes and convertibles badged by Britain's classy Jaguar coachmaker leap into 2006 with powerful engines and sophisticated safety systems plus new features added for comfort and convenience. Models include the X-Type all-wheel-drive (AWD) sedan and sport wagon of compact dimensions, the elegant XJ series of full-size and stretched flagship sedans, sporty XK mid-size coupes and convertibles, and curvaceous S-Type mid-size sports sedans. Newest Jaguar is also the rarest -- XJ Super V8 Portfolio, a plush yet powerful luxury sedan on a stretched wheelbase and available strictly in limited numbers.