Jaguar builds 174mph XJ taxi

A drastic departure from the typical Mercedes’ vans and black cabs associated with taxi companies, the supercharged Jaguar is a new, sportier take on the luxury saloon launched in 2010.

Honed on the world-famous Nurburgring, the Jaguar XJ ‘taxi’ boasts 510PS and comes with extra Sport and Speed packs for styling and performance upgrades.

However, although the power-packed luxury saloon may be a taxi in name the paying public will not see it on the streets of the UK.

Instead, the taxi is being used to take lucky passengers on power laps on the Nurburgring, the track labelled ‘green hell’ by Jackie Stewart because of how difficult the 13-mile track is to drive around.

The Jaguar XJ, the large luxury saloon at the top of the Jaguar line up, is built using aluminium architecture to reduce weight and improve performance in the top-range Supersport version.

The ‘taxi’ version is actually less luxurious than standard Jaguar XJ models because the leather-trimmed heated and cooled seats have been stripped out in aid of reducing weight further.

The Jaguar XJ Supersport also comes with four-point harnesses, race seats and a roll cage to ensure passengers are safe when they take on the circuit.

Said Frank Klaas, Global Head of Communications, Jaguar Land Rover: “We’ve been running a successful Nürburgring driving programme from our Nordschleife engineering test centre now for some time, as it’s the very best place to demonstrate the dynamic abilities of the current Jaguar XF, XJ and XK models.

The success of the Jaguar cars on the track led the team to create the Supersport taxi to take passengers on what Jaguar calls ‘very hot laps’.

Standard Jaguar XJ models are available at Perrys Jaguar of Huddersfield with prices starting from £55,525. Jaguar XJ Supersport prices start from £91,080 for short wheelbase versions, rising to £94,000 for long wheelbase models.