Tuesday, 8 May 2012 8:17 AM
You won't see one of these cruising for a fare after closing time when you're debating whether to catch the night bus or fork out for a taxi home, which is a damn shame as one of these stunning Jags would get you home fast and in style.
It is Jaguar's latest addition to its fleet at the Nurburgring Nordschleife engineering test centre. Jag's first taxi is the marque's latest all-aluminium long wheelbase XJ Supersport with Sport and Speed Pack options. This means a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 with a top speed of 174mph and 503 horses under the hood.
Rather than keeping the meter ticking over, the Nurburgring taxi is used as a demonstrator vehicle. The XJ has proved to be a surprise package - a big, luxurious car that is still lightweight and a fine track performer.
It has taken passengers, including cynical motoring journalists, on hot laps to show off the XJ's capabilities. As well as being powered by a stonking engine, the Jag taxi is finished in non-standard matt grey paint and inside, the standard leather-trimmed heated seats have been replaced by four race seats, each fitted with four-point harnesses and a roll cage has been fitted.
We'd love to see one of these on the high street next time we've tarried too long at the amber fountain, but it looks like we'll have to book a trip to Germany instead.
By Georgia Lewis
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