You and Your Jaguar XK8: Buying, Enjoying, Maintaining, Modifying. The Jaguar XK8 was launched to great acclaim in 1996 as the successor to the XJS, and the model range has been built on ever since. With styling cues taken from the E-Type and the XJ220 supercar, and powered by a new 4.0-litre V-8 engine, the XK8 found instant success on both sides of the Atlantic. Nearly 10 years after its launch, the styling remains virtually unchanged, which says a lot for the original concept. This fascinating, all-color book is essential reading for all XK8 owners and enthusiasts.