The 2005 Jaguar XK

Jaguar XK

Jaguar XK

The launch of the all-new Jaguar XK marks an exciting new era for Jaguar in terms of both design and engineering, and reinforces the marque’s reputation for building ground-breaking cars that are as rewarding to drive as they are gorgeous to look at.

The XK generation that ceased production in June 2005 was Jaguar’s fastest-selling sports model of all time. The challenge for the team that designed and engineered the all-new XK was to produce a model that bettered that success story. The new XK has been engineered above and beyond the high expectations that customers rightly have for a Jaguar sports car, a fact made possible because everything from its advanced aluminium chassis to its sophisticated transmission and exquisite interior has been designed in pursuit of a luxurious, advanced and stunning new Jaguar.

The all-new Jaguar XK will be launched early in 2006 and will allow Jaguar to emerge as a world leader in Lightweight Vehicle Technology while retaining its reputation for beautifully designed and crafted cars.

"The new XK delivers the unique blend of performance, luxury and style that only a Jaguar can," says Bibiana Boerio, managing director, Jaguar Cars. "And its beauty is more than skin-deep - this is a sports car with the heart and soul of every great Jaguar."

All-new Jaguar XK key points
  • All-new Coupe and Convertible Jaguar XK, each designed as a 2+2 sports car
  • First of a new generation of beautiful, fast Jaguars
  • The most technologically advanced Jaguar ever
  • Succeeds the Jaguar XK range introduced in 1996
  • All-aluminium construction assists best-in-class torsional rigidity in Coupe form. In Convertible form, there is a 50 per cent improvement in stiffness over the previous XK Convertible
  • All-new XK is lighter than its predecessor and key rivals, with Coupe at 1595kg kerb weight and Convertible at 1635kg
  • In Convertible form the Body-in-White weight, at just 287kg, is 20 per cent lighter than the previous XK Convertible
  • Lightweight body offers a 10 per cent improvement in power to weight ratio.
  • Delivers a balance of superb performance, driving dynamics and Jaguar sophistication
  • Intuitive controls and driver-focussed technologies - such as Keyless Entry, Keyless Start and Active Front Lighting - enhance driver enjoyment
  • Spacious, elegant sports car cabin exemplifies Jaguar craftsmanship, luxury and quality
  • Launched with latest generation naturally aspirated 4.2 litre Jaguar AJ-V8 engine, developing 300bhp (224kW) SAE / 298PS (219kW) EEC
  • AJ-V8 engine developed to satisfy Euro 4 emissions requirements and features Exhaust Gas Recirculation
  • New Jaguar Sequential Shift 6-speed automatic transmission system incorporates steering wheel-mounted paddles for manual gear changes
  • XK Coupe reaches 60mph from standstill in 5.9 seconds and completes quarter mile sprint in 14.4 seconds - less than half a second off the pace of the previous 400bhp supercharged model
  • XK Convertible takes just 6.0 seconds to reach 60mph - 0.3 seconds quicker than the previous model
  • XK Coupe accelerates from 50-70mph in just 3.1 seconds - 0.2 seconds quicker than the previous model (Convertible XK also 0.2 seconds quicker from 50-70mph at 3.2 seconds).
  • Top speed of 155mph (electronically limited)
  • Convertible roof operates electrically in less than 18 seconds to be stowed below lightweight aluminium tonneau cover
  • In the event of a pedestrian impact, pyrotechnic deployable bonnet (Jaguar Pedestrian Contact Sensing) automatically deploys in the blink of an eye to create a cushioning effect between the bonnet and the engine
  • New XK on sale from early 2006, with prices announced at the beginning of the year. Published 27 October 2005 Melanie Carter
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