In recognition of Jaguar's racing heritage, special badging and accents adorn the 2006 MY models, including the 4.2-S. Polished door treadplates feature chequered flag emblems and leather-edged embossed floor mats line the footwells. The revised white Jaguar Growler badge on the bonnet also features new chequered flag accents on the sides of the emblem. New darkened rear light clusters further enhance the sporting credentials of the Jaguar XK range.
The XK8 models feature 19-inch 'Atlas' style wheels, while the XKR models get a new, unique 20-inch split rim BBS Perseus performance wheel. The XKR also gets cross-drilled Brembo brake discs, red wheel badges and red brake callipers to reinforce its sporting credentials.
The additional specification of the new 4.2-S models are attributes above and beyond those that mark out every Jaguar XK as special. As well as providing a thrilling driving experience, the XK bristles with features and technologies that allow drivers to relax and enjoy themselves to the full. These include not only advanced Dynamic Stability Control, but also Adaptive Cruise Control and of course Jaguar's A.R.T.S Adaptive Restraint Technology System.
"All Jaguars are special, but the XK has always had its own unique attraction," comments Jaguar managing director, Bibiana Boerio. "As well as being a truly beautiful car, the fact that we have progressively updated the technologies and specifications makes it all the more desirable - and the new 4.2-S is a perfect example of this."
New 2006 MY XK models feature extra specification, high levels of premium features as standard and new ‘bespoke feel’ interiors, making them the best of their generation
The Power To Match The Looks
"The current Jaguar XK remains one of the delights in motoring," says Phil Hodgkinson, Director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Cars. "The AJ-V8 is one of the greatest Jaguar engines ever and with an array of high-tech engineering solutions and driver aids beneath the bonnet, the 2006 MY series will be a true driver’s car."
The XK8 coupe and convertible are powered by the normally aspirated, 300bhp (DIN), all-aluminium AJ-V8 Jaguar engine, while the supercharged XKR derivatives again pack a potent 400 horsepower (DIN). These significantly revised powertrains were introduced in 2003 along with a highly refined six-speed transmission that allows every XK model to deliver its power with a smoothness yet potency that could only come from a Jaguar. Every current XK can reach an electronically limited top speed of 155mph (250km/h). In full XKR guise, the car will hit 60mph in just 5.2 seconds.
In 2003, key safety features including Emergency Brake Assist (which increases brake force in an emergency) and Dynamic Stability Control were also added as standard. These complemented the already comprehensive range of enhanced electronics and other equipment options that focus on safety, comfort and ease at the wheel. All XK models are fitted with the Jaguar A.R.T.S. Adaptive Restraint Technology System (which senses the severity of a crash, the position of the driver and front-seat passenger and the usage of seatbelts to determine the most appropriate airbag deployment energy levels during a frontal crash) and Adaptive Cruise Control is an added optional extra.