X

2011 Jaguar XJ Supersport (photos)

Jaguar's limited-edition XJ Supersport cranks out tremendous power but gets reasonable fuel economy. Its cabin offers excellent luxury appointments and a stellar audio system.

Wayne_Cunningham.jpg
Wayne_Cunningham.jpg
Wayne Cunningham
Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
Wayne Cunningham
34499322_OVR_1.JPG
1 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
Jaguar's XJ Supersport is a limited-edition model, the most powerful Jag in the current lineup. It is also available in a long wheelbase version. Below it sit the XJ Supercharged and the standard XJ.

Back to review.

34499322_FT_1.JPG
2 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
Much of the front of the XJ Supersport reflects traditional Jaguar styling, especially the wire grille. The hood is a little bulky, a cue inherited from the Ford era.

Back to review.

34499322_SS02.JPG
3 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The XJ Supersport gets a direct-injection supercharged 5-liter V-8 that makes 510 horsepower, kicking the car up to 60 mph in an exhilarating 4.7 seconds.

Back to review.

34499322_SS04.JPG
4 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
Jaguar gives the XJ Supersport uniquely designed wheels.

Back to review.

34499322_SD_1.JPG
5 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The design of the new XJ is somewhat controversial, with its roofline running back, fastback-style, to the trunk lid.

Back to review.

34499322_SS08.JPG
6 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The blacked-out C pillars blend into the rear window. Jaguar likens the back profile to sunglasses.

Back to review.

34499322_SS05.JPG
7 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
With an active suspension, the XJ Supersport corners better than a car this big should, but can get a little sloppy as the stress increases.

Back to review.

34499322_SS07.JPG
8 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The trunk is small compared with other big sedans.

Back to review.

34499322_SS09.JPG
9 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
Dual sunroofs let in light for front and rear passengers.

Back to review.

34499322_INT_1.JPG
10 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
Jaguar fits the interior with fine wood and leather, but allows more plastic for the switchgear than is seen on the XF model.

Back to review.

34499322_SS11.JPG
11 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The steering has a luxury feel, making it easy to maneuver the car, but it remains overpowered in high-speed driving.

Back to review.

34499322_SS12.JPG
12 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
As has become standard in Jaguar models, the drive selector is a dial.

Back to review.

34499322_SS14.JPG
13 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The LCD instrument cluster gains a red hue when the car is switched into competition mode.

Back to review.

34499322_SS15.JPG
14 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The LCD panel allows for different types of information displays, such as this seatbelt diagram over the tachometer.

Back to review.

34499322_SS17.JPG
15 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
Jaguar fits directional controls on the steering-wheel spokes, making them useful for a variety of functions.

Back to review.

34499322_SS18.JPG
16 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The main menu screen on the interface is a little bland, but it offers easy access to navigation, audio, and climate control.

Back to review.

34499322_SS20.JPG
17 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The navigation system shows some 3D details on its maps, and also includes traffic information.

Back to review.

34499322_SS21.JPG
18 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
This audio interface is a little bit busy, but it is well-organized.

Back to review.

34499322_SS23.JPG
19 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The iPod and separate USB ports sit in the center console, which features a royal-purple lining.

Back to review.

34499322_SS24.JPG
20 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The iPod interface offers typical music library browsing.

Back to review.

34499322_SS26.JPG
21 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The infotainment system can play video from a variety of sources, but only when the car is stopped.

Back to review.

34499322_SS27.JPG
22 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
Audio sources include iPod, USB, and Bluetooth streaming, along with the car's own hard drive.

Back to review.

34499322_SS29.JPG
23 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The Bowers and Wilkins audio system produces exceptional sound quality.

Back to review.

34499322_SS30.JPG
24 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The phone system offers contact list access, and makes it possible to dial numbers through voice command by saying a contact's name.

Back to review.

34499322_SS31.JPG
25 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The phone book interface requires an initial letter search. We prefer systems that initially open a browser window, giving you instant access to the contact list.

Back to review.

34499322_SS32.JPG
26 of 26 Josh Miller/CNET
The rearview camera includes trajectory lines that show where the car will go depending on wheel turn.

Back to review.

More Galleries

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera
A houseplant

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera

20 Photos
Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra
magic-v2-2024-foldable-1383

Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra

10 Photos
The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum
Samsung Galaxy S24

The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum

23 Photos
Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design
The Galaxy S24 Ultra in multiple colors

Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design

23 Photos
I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites
img-0368.jpg

I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites

34 Photos
17 Hidden iOS 17 Features and Settings on Your iPhone
Invitation for the Apple September iPhone 15 event

17 Hidden iOS 17 Features and Settings on Your iPhone

18 Photos
AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?
img-1599-2.jpg

AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?

17 Photos