April 4, 1996 – Jaguar introduces the XK8

Jaguar introduced a new kitten to their litter on this day in 1996 at the New York Auto Show, the Jaguar XK8. This grand touring model was the first car of the new XK series, although it borrowed lettering from earlier models such as the original XK150 and XK-E. The XK8 was available as a coupe or convertible and featured Jaguar’s new AJ-V8 4.0 litre engine. The XK8 replaced the XJ-S, which had been in production since 1976. While the XK8 was manufactured through the 2006 model year, the XK series wouldn’t meet the end of production until July of 2014. Photo by Rudolf Stricker – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

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