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Top 10: British V8s

The British motor industry has for decades dabbled with the glories of the iconic V8, and enthusiasts everywhere have revelled in what is arguably the greatest engine configuration of all time.

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Jaguar XK8/XKR

Launched in 1996 as a replacement for the classic XJS, the XK8 was a superb looking coupe, with hints of E-Type all wrapped up in a contemporary and sportingly stylish bodyshell. A convertible version soon followed, each model featuring Jaguar’s brand new (AJ-V8) 4.0-litre engine, with an impressive 290bhp on tap.

The XK range was boosted to a whopping 370bhp within just a year with the arrival of the supercharged XKR, while 4.2-litre versions of the XK8 and XKR (offering 300-400bhp respectively) replaced the originals in 2002. This first-generation XK remained in production through to 2006. 


   on 1 December 2020

The TVR / Rover V8s were originally a Buick engine design. Not sure they really count as British.

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