It was code-named X100 and it was to be Jaguar's latest sports cars, featuring both coupe and convertible coachwork. It was to have an all-new V8 engine and it was to replace the XJS. It would also ultimately have the most powerful forced-induction engine of any production Jaguar road card and it had a lot riding on its success. It was the XK8 - a sleek, purposeful grand tourer in the Jaguar tradition.
Graham Robson is a distinguished motoring historian, whose working life has always been connected with fine cars and advanced engines. After starting his career at Jaguar, then running the 'works' motorsport team at Triumph, he developed a passion for motoring heritage, and for classic cars. He has been an independent writer, historian and motoring consultant for many years, and has now written more than 130 books. Resident - Dorset