Arden AJ 4 is a modern take on a tuned Jaguar XJ12

German tuning company Arden is to build a further 235 AJ 4s based on the 1982 Jaguar XJ12 original

During the early 80s heights of German tuners creating wonderful autobahn-bashing models like an the Alpina B7S or AMG fettled 500SL, modded Jaguars were also on the menu thanks to companies like Arden and, in particular, its AJ 4.

The AJ 4 used a Jaguar XJ12 as a base before fettling it with a range of subtle yet substantial updates. Now, 37 years after the original AJ 4 was built in 1982, the tuner has decided to do a recreation, constructing a further 235 units - if, and this seems like a significant if, it can find enough rust-free Series III XJ12s to build them with.

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

> Click here for our review of the modern Jaguar XJR575

Starting under the forward tilting bonnet, new AJ 4s will benefit from a modified version of the original 5.3-litre HE V12 engine. As was the case in 1982, the fuel injected unit will be raised from the standard (German market) 261bhp, to a more punchy 316bhp with changes to the (very simple) ECU, a bespoke intake manifold and a free-slowing sports exhaust. The four-speed auto transmission (which was engineered by Arden in the first place) is also mildly uprated, keeping that extra grunt in check.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

The XJs suspension and chassis has also, thankfully, been paid some attention. New, modern springs and dampers help contain the body’s movement without affecting the ‘magic carpet’ ride while uprated brakes work on 18-inch forged wheels with modern tyres. 

The XJ’s svelte bodywork is also given a subtle overhaul, complete with the previous Arden AJ 4’s black, ribbed Daimler-like front grille and substantial de-chromeing of the bodywork. As per so many of these high-end retrospective models, final colour and trim is completely up to the individual owner’s discretion, although we suspect the dark racing green exterior, and Oyster-coloured interior will be a popular choice among many.

The first car in the new Arden AJ 4 series has already delivered to its new owner but information on how much this car will actually set you back remains elusive.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/ford/focus-hatchback/202030/2019-ford-focus-ecoboost-review-a-family-favourite-past-its-prime
Ford Focus Hatchback

2019 Ford Focus EcoBoost review

Some might suggest the UK is falling out of love with family hatchbacks, but the Focus EcoBoost is a good reminder of why it remains a compelling pack…
9 Dec 2019
Visit/mercedes/18211/mercedes-amg-one-hypercar-shown-in-new-teaser-video
Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG One hypercar shown in new teaser video 

AMG’s F1-powered ultimate hypercar has been shown on track in a new clip
6 Dec 2019
Visit/mclaren/202028/mclaren-620r-goes-for-the-gt3-rs-jugular
McLaren

McLaren 620R goes for the GT3 RS jugular

Limited run extreme Sports Series McLaren 620R road car brings GT4 aero to the road.
9 Dec 2019
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019