Daimler 250

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The 2.5-V8/V8-250 was the last Daimler car to feature a Daimler engine after the marque was acquired by Jaguar Cars in 1960. The engine is the hemispherical head V8 designed by Edward Turner and first used in the Daimler SP250 (Dart) sports car.

Daimler 2.5-V8

The Daimler 2.5-V8 (or 2½ litre V8) was a four-door saloon produced in Coventry, England by Daimler. Launched late in 1962, it was essentially a rebadged Jaguar Mark 2, but fitted with Daimler's 2.5 litre V8 engine; aside from the engine, fluted grille and rear number plate surround, badges, drive-train and some interior details (such as a split-bench front seat and a black enamel steering wheel) the Daimler 2.5-V8 was otherwise indistinguishable from the Jaguar Mark 2.

The 2.5-V8 was the first Jaguar designed car to have the Daimler badge. The Daimler V8 engine was more compact and therefore lighter than the six cylinder engine used in the Jaguar Mark 2, and weighed approximately 50 kg ("1 cwt") less. Spring and damper settings were revised accordingly to suit the altered weight distribution.

Three years after its launch, a Daimler 2 ½-litre saloon with automatic transmission tested by the Britain’s Autocar magazine in May 1966 had a top speed of and could accelerate from 0- in 13.6 seconds. An overall fuel consumption of was achieved. The test car was priced in the UK at £1,647 including taxes: Rover's 3 litre with automatic transmission was...
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