1998 Jaguar XKR 4.0L V8 Supercharged


  • 3 owner car
  • Recent work includes full brake service and powder coated alloy wheels
  • Complete with a full service history and original book pack

The Appeal

The XKR was the high-performance derivative of the already popular XK8, Jaguar’s much anticipated XJS successor. The XKR joined the range in 1998, the year of this car, and upped the ante considerably over the standard XK8 by fitting an Eaton supercharger to the already muscular AJ-V8 engine.

The supercharger itself boasted a 2.0L capacity and delivered a shade under 12Ibs of boost. This was enough to unleash a mighty 370bhp, sufficient for a 5 second 0-60 mph time and the ability to reach the limited 150 mph top speed soon afterwards.

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The History and Paperwork

  • Unusual for having had just three enthusiast owners
  • The previous owner cherished the car for 10 years
  • During the car’s low ownership, a sensible 102,292 miles have been covered
  • The car holds a valid MOT until November 2022 with no advisories 
  • The current V5 is on hand
  • The car comes with the original Jaguar book pack
  • This includes the all-important service book

The Interior

  • The interior is sumptuously appointed 
  • Upholstery is an unmarked, wheat leather
  • The high-backed, tombstone seats are box pleated with double needle stitching
  • The front seats are electrically operated
  • The dash and centre console are equally, luxuriously dressed
  • Stitched and padded leather, against deeply varnished wood veneer are the standout features here
  • The door cards are dressed in padded, two-tone leather with small accents of wood veneer
  • Contrasting mushroom carpets are clearly original and in fine fettle
  • Fitted with the factory-original Jaguar stereo head unit
  • The carpeted boot houses the CD auto-changer, original warning triangle and space-saver spare wheel
  • The interior looks to be in great original condition and presents very well throughout

The XKR’s interior has stood the test of time very well and this example is no exception. It was seen as a marked improvement in terms of luxury and quality its predecessor and is a nice environment in which to spend time.

It manages to somehow be luxurious and sporting in equal measure. It provides the perfect environment from which to enjoy the charms of a 4-litre supercharged V8, whether you are eating up motorway miles or clipping apexes on a challenging backroad.

The Exterior

  • The Salsa Red paintwork appears to be in good overall condition
  • It is deep and shiny and thickly applied as you would expect for a premium GT car
  • No areas of corrosion were noted or reported
  • The current owner reports some slight imperfections to the bodywork but would only require local repairs.
  • All doors and hinged panels open and close with ease and precision
  • Panel gaps appear to be admirably tight and symmetrical
  • The original light lenses are clear and unmarked front and rear
  • The original “Double Five” 18x8 inch Jaguar alloy wheels have been refurbished by powder coating 
  • The wheels are fitted with quality Pirelli tyres in a 245/45 configuration
  • The cabin glass appears to be in a fine, unmarked condition throughout

Like the interior the exterior of the XKR continues to look surprisingly modern and, in the bright Salsa Red, perennially eye-catching.

The professionally refurbished 18-inch alloys, finished in a gunmetal shade, are the perfect accompaniment to the bright paintwork combining to make a classic GT car that has both the looks and the power to impress in all circumstances.

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The Mechanics

  • This XKR is fitted with the Eaton Supercharged 4L AJ-V8 engine 
  • Originally boasting nearly 370bhp and torque to match
  • Power is fed to the rear wheels via a 5-speed ZF automatic gearbox
  • Full brake service including new brake pads and discs all round 
  • A new battery has recently been fitted
  • Given its service history and sympathetic ownership the car is reported to be in excellent mechanical condition
  • The owner reports that the engine is in “great health” and it stops very well on its new brakes
  • The underside is understood to be dry and free of oil leaks

The “standard” AJ-V8 engine in the XK8 was already receiving praise for its power and smooth delivery when the XKR arrived complete with a big supercharger and an additional 70bhp (an additional 23%). The supercharger application negates the lag associated with a turbocharger giving the XKR the lightning fast responses associated with a real sports thoroughbred. 


The appeal of this XK8 is very easy to quantify. A curvy British GT car with a powerful supercharged V8 under a long, curved bonnet is a great place to start, of course. 

Add into that already heady mix the rarity of this Salsa Red colourway and its sumptuously appointed leather interior and you have something special.  The sublimely refurbished “double five” wheels help give the car an extra degree of muscular road presence.

Round that out with the reassurance of this being a corrosion free car, it becomes hard to imagine a more enticing prospect for fans of ultra-cool British GT hero-cars.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1998
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model XKR Supercharged
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 102,292 Miles
  • Engine size 3996
  • Town Hemel Hempstead
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Location Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
9 bids from 4 bidders
  • W6•••• £6,200 28/06/22
  • ri•••• £6,100 28/06/22
  • W6•••• £6,000 28/06/22
  • Pa•••• £5,850 28/06/22
  • se•••• £5,750 22/06/22
  • Pa•••• £5,500 22/06/22
  • se•••• £5,250 21/06/22
  • Pa•••• £4,500 21/06/22
  • se•••• £4,000 21/06/22

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