>> So you're Jag shopping, but you can't decide which XJ to get. A base XJ, a pimped out VDP, a long wheel base stretch, a super charge XJR. Just get a Super V8. This guy has got all of those attributes plus just about every tech toy.
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Now a Super V8 has just about everything in the Jag catalog, precious few options. The navigation for example, that's standard. Good sized screen, not bad on the resolution and the rendering, but it feels about two or three years old in a couple of ways. First of all it's a little Jaggy. Secondly, it's a little slow on the processor. As you move around some menus, you start to get into some lag. Some things we do like about it though are very easy to hit touch screen buttons. It is DVD, GPS based. You've got a DVD data drive in the trunk where the maps go. This is also where you're going to find your entertainment system on a Super V8 and again, that has the optional Alpine system, 320 watts, subwoofered, it's a good system. Again, the interface is on screen and good reachable touch screen buttons. We're disappointed by the fact that neither the single disk slot up here or the six disk charger in the trunk, which is a dumb place for a changer in this day and age, neither of those can handle advanced data disks like MP3 that you'd burn on your PC. We can't get them to work. This thing just plays standard audio. That's a little bit annoying. Aside from that though, you got AM FM of course, no HD radio, Sirius radio is available as an option, no XM. And there's no Auks jack or iPod adaptor unless you get this dealer installed option called the audio connectivity module. And that option lets you run either a true iPod, a USB drive that has music files on it, or you also get a female Auks jack as part of it. So that's a must have in the CNET playbook. So what moves this big English drawing room full of tech? You've got a 4 point 2 liter Jag V8 supercharged that gives you 400 horsepower. But more importantly, 413 foot pounds of torque. That power comes out through a one choice only 6 speed automatic. It's a ZF unit. You get your standard gears down the right side, then you get over here to the traditional Jaguar J Gate that people either love or hate and that's where you get into your shiftable mode. Now if you know me, you know I love my sedans long wheel base. And that's one of the attributes of a Super V8. Starting with a four zone climate system, so two separate zones in the back and of course there are two separate zones in the front. Video screens grab you right as soon as you sit down. They're nicely faired into the headrest. Six and a half inch, not the largest, but good sharpness and I think great black level and color saturation. This is some of the better ones that I've seen. You control what's on them with this nice 007 ish control panel here in the armrest. This gives you Siamese controls for each side of the rear so you can control your source independently for audio or video. You've also got a set of jacks under this door and you do have minis back here for your headphones to plug in. And if you're bored by all this entertainment, you can bring your laptop along and get some work done because you've got the picnic tables that of course were made famous in the Jaguar Vondenqua [assumed spelling]. Those are cribbed into this car. And you've also got some nice reclining seats back here. The buttons along the side let you recline the back a few degrees and you've got a power adjustable lumbar support back there. Now pricing a Super is pretty easy. 92000 dollars includes almost everything I've showed you. The only things you might consider on the tech list would be Sirius satellite radio for 450, that's a factory option. And the audio connectivity module for your iPod, USB and Auks in. But overall this car is not a bad value for a big, fast, powerful limo.