"We've already proved with the new XJ what advantages there are in using aluminium within a lightweight vehicle structure. It's natural that this technology will feature in Jaguar's future – and what better place to start than R-D6."
Phil Hodgkinson Programmes Director, Jaguar Cars
The aluminium chassis of R-D6 is similar to that of the new XJ and is constructed using many of the same advanced technologies – with all the accompanying advantages, including outstanding strength, robustness and durability in a true lightweight architecture.
Castings such as the front suspension turrets have also benefited from techniques used in the new XJ, while the body is of aluminium and composite materials.
R-D6 rides on 21-inch wheels, machined from solid aluminium specifically for this car. They are shod with unique, ultra-low-profile Pirelli tyres: 255/30 R21 on the front and a massive 275/30 R21 on the rear. Look through the spokes of the beautiful wheels and you'll see Jaguar R-Performance discs and callipers.
The all-new diesel engine that powers R-D6 encapsulates the spirit of Jaguar today and at the same time reinforces the promise of its future. Due to make its debut in a production Jaguar – the S-TYPE – in mid-2004, the 2.7-litre V6 features twin turbochargers and the latest, high-pressure, common-rail direct injection, making it among the most advanced high-performance diesel engines in the world.
Innovations such as a Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI) cylinder block – which provides outstanding strength and durability as well as weighing less than a traditional cast iron unit – allied to state-of-the-art electronic engine control systems have given Jaguar the engine that the marque, and many thousands of potential customers, have been waiting for.
"Why not use a sophisticated diesel engine in a luxury sports coupe? Sir William Lyons was never afraid to innovate and if he was alive and running the company today, I'm sure this is exactly the sort of progress he would be embracing."
Mike Wright Managing Director, Jaguar Cars
For R-D6, the 24-valve engine is tuned beyond road-going levels, but central to its design is the need to deliver all the power, refinement and spirited performance that Jaguar drivers demand. The V6 diesel engine that today brings a concept car fully to life will, in less than a year, be putting a smile on the face of Jaguar customers.