V12. I had to check that. Really. V12.
Some astonishing things get taken for granted. Mere existence justifies some wild ideas, which a priori, you’d not expect. Maybe it’s because Jaguars aren’t my core area of expertise I felt like I needed to be certain. Surely, I thought, I must be making a mistake. V12s are too complex and huge. V8 it must be… but that seems wrong, too American.
The point here is that you’d never expect such a strange car in advance. Its existence deflects me from noticing that the V12/ridiculous package combination is Mercury far-out. If you were explaining to a visitor from a world where only trains exist you’d find your general outline of carology needed an exception or qualification so as to accomodate the V12 Jaguar 2+2 concept. “But I thought you said cars should be efficiently packaged,” says the alien. “I thought you said only expensive sportscars had V-12s – this cost little of your Earth pounds compared to that Ferrari car…” And so on.
Yet the XJ-S exerts a relentless fascination, demanding I reinforce my arguments on design and how we look at complex objects. The exception tests the rule, as they say. Here’s a great big fat exception. Put that in your pipe.