The Jaguar R-D6 | Part Two

Jaguar R-D6

 

The Body

Distinctive, confident and original, R-D6 has a beautiful, pure style that triggers a simple desire: I want one.

Its distinctive blend of attributes inherent in the Jaguar psyche – emotional engineering, stimulating performance, intelligent technology and downright sexy design – makes R-D6 instantly recognisable as a true Jaguar. But the styling of the car – its lines and shapes, its sheer presence – heralds a design direction that makes no apologies to past, present or future.

"Respect for a glorious heritage doesn't stop us putting in place the foundations for future generations of thrilling, dynamic Jaguars that aren't afraid to challenge perceptions. That's what R-D6 is all about."

Julian Thomson Chief Designer, Advanced Design, Jaguar Cars

At 4,330mm long, R-D6 is 342mm shorter than Jaguar's smallest car, the X-TYPE saloon – and 760mm shorter than an XK8 coupe. The compact length of R-D6 is aided by short overhangs front and rear (800mm and 695mm respectively) and is achieved with a wheelbase of 2,840mm.

To ensure R-D6 is a true four-seater, the design team refused to compromise on width or height (2,150mm and 1,390mm) but succeeded nonetheless in crafting a beautifully compact coupe that has all the road presence – and more – that you expect of a Jaguar.

Whether it is the grille that draws your eye, or the vents integrated into the bonnet and flanks of the car, or the aluminium finisher swooping over the entire side glass area, there is some instant attraction for everyone in the design of R-D6.

The headlights reveal a fresh interpretation of the twin-lamp style featured by Jaguars so successfully – and naturally – for many years. Both front and rear lights use LED technology to deliver the best possible function while maintaining beautiful form.

For many, though, it will be the details that make R-D6 so irresistibly attractive. Details such as the flush-mounted door handles, which pivot on the front edge to activate an electrical actuator that opens the door; the centrally mounted twin-pipe exhausts; the aluminium boot finisher engraved with the Jaguar script; or even the Leaper on the back of the car.

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Published 20 September 2003 Melanie Carter

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