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
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
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
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 : 27/10/05 Author : Melanie Carter
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