Jaguar North America today reveals details of its eagerly anticipated new sports car – the all-new 2007 Jaguar XK.
Making its world premiere next month at the Frankfurt International Auto Show in Germany, the all-new Jaguar XK will go on sale in North America next spring as a 2007 model year product.
The all-new Jaguar XK is the first of a new generation of cars that reflect the best of everything that Jaguar is associated with – from gorgeous, contemporary design to renowned craftsmanship and quality, alongside the latest driver-focused technologies – and, of course, exhilarating performance.
Light and agile, the all-new Jaguar XK accelerates faster, stops quicker than the previous generation, steel-bodied XK8 and has exceptional dynamic abilities, as Jaguar's Chief Engineer Mike Cross, explains: 'The XK may be the epitome of sporting elegance but it is also a true driver's car in which we have managed to combine a very special balance of superb driving dynamics and comfort.'
Traditional Jaguar craftsmanship elements have been retained on the all-new Jaguar XK, but it's the use of aerospace technologies that have resulted in the most technically advanced Jaguar production car ever created.
One of the key elements of the all-new Jaguar XK is the use of latest technologies including Jaguar's industry-leading aluminum body structures and rivet bonding techniques, both recently introduced in the construction of Jaguar's full-size XJ sedan. (concept carz) Both techniques make the XJ sedan significantly lighter and stronger than its competitors, which benefits handling and fuel economy.
Jaguar design director Ian Callum describes the XK as having 'clean lines, a purposeful stance and exquisite proportions'.
'The fundamental values of Jaguar design do not change,' explains Callum. 'We took influences from our heritage and evolved them to produce a car that is beautiful, visually fast yet undeniably modern – just as Sir William Lyon's (Jaguar founder) own designs were in their day.'
The all-new XK is manufactured and assembled in a state-of-the-art production facility at Jaguar's Castle Bromwich plant in the West Midlands region of the Únited Kingdom.
Engine : 4.2 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 300 hp
Torque: 310 ft-lbs
Engine : 4.2 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 420 hp
Torque: 413 ft-lbs
6-speed Automatic6-speed Sequential
ALL-NEW JAGÚAR XK AT A GLANCE
All-new Jaguar XK 2+2 sports coupe
First of a new generation of beautiful, fast Jaguars
The most technologically advanced Jaguar production car ever
Succeeds the previous Jaguar XK coupe/convertible range introduced in 1996
All-aluminum construction forms a lightweight, incredibly stiff and strong car (31% stiffer than the previous generation steel-bodied XK)
All-new XK coupe is lighter than its predecessor and key rivals, at 3671 lbs curb weight
Delivers a balance of superb performance, driving dynamics and Jaguar sophistication
Intuitive controls and driver-focused technologies – such as keyless entry, push button start and active lighting – enhance driver enjoyment
Spacious, elegant sports car cabin exemplifies Jaguar craftsmanship, luxury and quality
Launched with latest generation naturally aspirated 4.2-liter Jaguar 'AJ-V8' engine, developing 300bhp (SAE)
New Jaguar Sequential Shift 6-speed automatic transmission system incorporates steering wheel-mounted paddles for manual gear changes
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 390bhp supercharged model*
Top speed of 155mph (electronically limited)
On sale from spring 2006, with prices announced at the beginning of the year
Convertible model will also be available – details will be announced later this yearSource - Jaguar
Following the World Premiere of the XK Coupe, Jaguar is proud to announce that it will be joined by the all-new XK convertible.
From the outset Jaguar knew it needed to create a convertible version of the XK and designed and developed it in parallel with the Coupe. The XK Convertible uses the same advanced aluminum body structure technology to achieve excellent body rigidity and torsional stiffness while minimizing weight: at just 3759lbs the new Convertible is one of the lightest cars in its competitive set.
A 300bhp (SAE), 4.2-liter V8 engine and Jaguar Sequential Shift steering-wheel-mounted gear change controls ensure rapid performance of 0-60mph in just 6.0 seconds (0-100kmh in 6.3 seconds) and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph (250kmh)*.
The luxurious triple-lined, fabric roof - which can be powered up or down in less than 18 seconds – when retracted it stows fully out of sight beneath an aluminum tonneau cover. A roll-over protection system comprising two 'hidden' aluminum hoops that deploy in the event of an incident is standard on all XK Convertibles.
'The all-new XK was designed from the outset to be a beautiful convertible. It is a statement of confident Jaguar design, elegant as well as powerful and with the performance and driving dynamics to match its looks', commented Jaguar Design Director, Ian Callum.
The XK Convertible will be available from spring 2006. Full details of the car and pricing will be announced later this year.
The XK Convertible is manufactured and assembled in a state-of-the-art production facility at Jaguar's Castle Bromwich plant in the West Midlands region of the Únited Kingdom .Source - Ford Motor Company