V8s, superchargers and sleeper sedans, these are a few of my favorite things. These are also traits belonging to today’s “Car of the Day”. At the heart of today’s car beats a supercharged 4.2 liter V8. Today’s car is the 2003 Jaguar S-Type R. You can find gently used versions of the S-Type R in the $16k-$20k range.
The S-Type R gets nearly 400hp and 408 lb-ft of torque out of its boosted 4.2. The supercharger transforms the Jaguar from an average V8 luxury sedan to a near BMW M5. The M5 is technically a better performance vehicle. The M5 is a bit faster and handles better. The Jag is no slouch. It can hit 60mph in 5.3 seconds and is a pulley swap from quick jump in horsepower.
The S-Type is where people are looking for performance sedans. They call the Jaguar hood ornament a “leaper”; on this car it could be called the “sleeper”. Some different wheels and a couple of “R” badges and different grille are about all the S-Type R has to identify it as the most powerful Jaguar sedan.
If you want stealth, power, style and luxury for a deal then look into a 2003 Jaguar S-Type R.