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2010 Jaguar XK


Jaguar has revealed the new XKR and XFR at the Detroit Auto Show 2009 – two cars that are true to the heritage of Jaguar's legendary performance, delivering a superb balance of high performance, dynamic ability and refinement.

Mike O'Driscoll, Managing Director of Jaguar Cars said: 'We've started 2009 wîth the introduction of advanced new generation petrol and diesel engines that set new benchmarks in terms of performance, economy and efficiency, including a new diesel for the XF that offers a marked improvement in CO2 and fuel economy. Our cars meet the challenges of the modern world and the needs of today's consumers – and they're also true to the Jaguar philosophy of creating beautiful fast cars.'

XF and XFR 2010 MY
The XF has already secured 'Car of the Year' awards from two major ÚK automotive magazines and more than 30 other commendations worldwide, so the new XFR, a new high performance diesel and a host of changes for the 2010 Model Year, including the launch of the new luxurious 'Portfolio' model, will make the XF an even more attractive proposition.

Featuring all-new AJ-V8 Gen III petrol engines and new AJ-V6D Gen III diesel engines, the XF now delivers more power and more performance wîth comparable or better fuel economy and emissions than the engines they supersede.

The XFR is powered by the all-new supercharged 510PS (510bhp SAE) V8 wîth acceleration from 0-60mph in just 4.7 seconds making it the ultimate Jaguar sport saloon. A naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8, producing 385PS, powers other V8 XF models.

Distinguished by unique exterior and interior design features, the XFR includes revised bumpers and lower front air intakes, sill extensions, bonnet louvres and grilles, four tailpipes, a boot-lid spoiler, unique seats and 20-inch alloy wheels.

The new XF 3.0-litre AJ-V6D Gen III diesel features a twin sequential turbocharged engine available as the 275PS/600Nm S or a 240PS/500Nm version. Both offer exceptional efficiency and refinement and in the case of the Diesel S accelerates from 0-60 in just 5.9 seconds.

With 275PS, the new XF 3.0-litre diesel S is 33 percent more powerful than the acclaimed 2.7-litre TDV6 it replaces. Torque peaks at a substantial 600Nm, wîth 61 percent more torque available from 1500rpm.

Every new engine for the XF range has highly competitive fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures. Both diesel versions deliver combined average fuel consumption of 42.0mpg – an improvement on the acclaimed 2.7-litre engine of nearly 12 percent – and a CO2 of 179g/km.

In the ÚK, pricing of the new XF range starts at £32,900 for the 3.0-litre petrol. The 3.0-litre diesel model is available from £33,900 while the new 3.0-litre Diesel S starts at £36,900. The XFR is priced at £59,900.* These models are available from late March.
XK and XKR 2010 MY

The new generation of XK and XKR coupe and convertibles, wîth all-new V8 engines, deliver more power and performance wîth greater efficiency for 2010 Model Year. With interior enhancements, advanced lightweight aluminium body structure and a wider range of models, plus the new luxurious 'Portfolio' model, the new XK and XKR build on 60 years of legendary performance to deliver the best of everything Jaguar.

The all-new AJ-V8 Gen III direct-injection engines are the most advanced and efficient petrol engines Jaguar has ever produced.

The XKR features a 5.0-litre supercharged AJ-V8 Gen III delivering 510PS (510bhp, SAE), 625Nm of torque propelling it to 60mph in just 4.6 seconds.

The XK features a 5.0-litre naturally aspirated AJ-V8 Gen III delivering 385PS (385bhp SAE), 515Nm of torque propelling it to 60mph in just 5.2 seconds.

Both models have improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions which meet the forthcoming EÚ5 emissions legislation.

Exterior changes for the XK and XKR include a distinctive and purposeful new front end design, new LED rear lights and a new lower rear body valance. Inside the cabin, both the XK and XKR feature the exciting, user-friendly JaguarDrive Selector™ that was first seen on the XF to further enhance the XK's luxury sporting character.

There are now three models in the range: XK, XK Portfolio and XKR. The XK is priced from £59,900 for the coupe and £65,900 for the convertible and the XKR starts from £72,400 for the coupe and £78,400 for the convertible.** These models are available from late March.

Source - Jaguar

2010 Jaguar XKR comes to Frankfurt

Jaguar's 2010 XKR sports coupe was part of the British manufacturer's showstand at the Frankfurt IAA International Motor Show, which opened to the media on September 15, 2009. As part of the new Jaguar ‘showroom, the 510PS supercharged V8 sports car shared the stage wîth the award-winning XFR saloon and stunning new flagship, the XJ Supersport.

'Built in the tradition of great grand tourers, wîth state-of-the-art engineering, aerospace-inspired construction and outstanding driving dynamics, the 2010 XKR is the latest in a long line of legendary performance Jaguars.'
Mike O'Driscoll, Managing Director, Jaguar Cars

With advanced 5-litre V8 engines delivering more power and performance wîth greater efficiency, even more dramatic looks, interior enhancements, advanced lightweight aluminium body structure and a wider range of models, the 2010 XKR and naturally aspirated XK models build on 60 years of legendary performance to deliver the best of everything Jaguar.

The combined efforts of Jaguar's designers and engineers have produced a sports car that utilises advanced technologies at a higher level than ever before. The benefits of the XK's lightweight but stiff and strong chassis are already acknowledged. Not only does this architecture bring dynamic benefits thanks to its torsional rigidity, it also offers excellent safety and crash repair features and provides the ideal base to improve performance across the board – including optimised fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

The AJ-V8 Gen III engines are the most advanced and efficient Jaguar has ever produced. They deliver significantly more power and torque than the previous generation of engines: 510PS and 625Nm in the new supercharged XKR and 385PS and 515Nm in the XK models.

Vital Stats
Engine : 4.2 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 385 hp
Torque: 380 ft-lbs

Engine : 5.0 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 385 hp
Torque: 461 ft-lbs

Engine : 5.0 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 510 hp
Torque: 460 ft-lbs

6-speed Automatic
With the introduction of these 5.0-litre direct-injection V8 engines comes a new level of performance for the XK, wîth improved acceleration from standstill and stunning in-gear acceleration times. All models are electronically limited to a maximum speed of 155mph (250kph), but the 0-60mph sprint for naturally aspirated coupe models is now 5.2 seconds (previously 5.9 seconds), while for the supercharged XKR coupe, 0-60mph is 4.6 seconds (previously 4.9 seconds).
In-gear times are equally impressive, wîth the naturally aspirated XK accelerating from 50-70mph in just 2.5 seconds, while the supercharged XKR completes the same sprint in just 1.9 seconds.

And yet thanks to a combination of excellent powertrain efficiency and the XK's advanced lightweight body architecture, all XKs offer strong fuel economy and impressive CO2 emissions ratings. Fuel economy is comparable to the previous generation of XK – despite the significant increases in power and performance – and CO2 emissions from each engine are better than previous 4.2-litre versions.
'With a supercharged AJ-V8 engine and dramatic new looks, the XKR has all the performance, power and panache that you expect in the ultimate sporting Jaguar.'
Mike O'Driscoll, Managing Director, Jaguar Cars

Allowing the engines to optimise their power is one of the most sophisticated transmissions available. Jaguar's acclaimed electronically controlled, six-speed ZF 6HP28 transmission offers an unparalleled combination of driver control matched to virtually undetectable gearshifts. With control either from §teering wheel-mounted paddles or full automatic mode via the JaguarDrive Selector™, the transmission is now paired wîth an advanced electronic differential on the XKR model. This ensures the supercharged car accelerates even faster, handles even more precisely and sets new standards of dynamic control.

There are three core models in the XK range: the XK, the highly equipped XK Portfolio and the supercharged XKR, each wîth its own sporting character. In addition to the many changes under the skin, the latest XKs are visually different to the previous generation. Each still looks just like a Jaguar should look – seductive, powerful and elegant – but all 2010 models, coupe and convertible, benefit from revised exterior styling that underlines Jaguar's contemporary thinking on design.

Inside, quality levels are raised even further wîth new interior trim and finishes that demonstrate Jaguar's craftsmanship, plus even more comprehensive specification. The driver is the centre of attention, wîth exciting technologies, including the acclaimed JaguarDrive Selector™, Adaptive Dynamics (the latest in computer-controlled suspension) wîth Active Differential Control and comfort features such as heated and cooled seats – taking the driving experience of the 2010 XK range to even higher levels of luxury alongside the improved performance.

'The 2010 XK range delivers more power, more performance and more technology – without compromise. It moves the Jaguar sports car experience on to a whole new level.' Mick Mohan, Director, Jaguar Programmes

Source - Jaguar
By the early 2000s, cars were evolving at an unprecedented pace. Every year manufacturers seemed to be eking out more power, more efficiency, and more performance, all backed up by more computers and more electronic driving aids. Emerging technologies were bundled into the automotive package, creating cars that could double as cell phones and MP3 players.

Yet at the dawn of this technological revolution, Jaguar was out on a tea break. That proud jungle cat, the producer of some of the world's finest and most advanced sports cars in the 1950s and 1960s, had grown lazy and set in its ways under foreign (read: Ford) control.

Ford was by no means incapable of running Jaguar well, and the American giant at least helped improve Jag's reputation for unreliability and poor quality control. The approach to running Jaguar was conservative, though, and aimed to keep a few traditionalists happy at the cost of potential new buyers. The advanced performance and styling that had once defined Jaguar had grown stale, leading to quaint caricatures of the brand's past legends. The XJ-series looked like the XJ-series always had—since 1968. The XK-series followed the controversially-styled XJS with a design that borrowed heavily from the original E-Type—of 1961. Jaguar had successfully established a model lineup that effectively looked 30 years behind the times.

That's not to say that Jaguar's cars weren't still beautiful—they were. But the design language had grown far too stale to attract new buyers, and, with dangerously low sales, change was needed to save the company from financial ruin.

Enter the 2005 Jaguar Advanced Lightweight Coupe concept, Ian Callum's ingenious interpretation of what a modern Jaguar should be. This concept, with refreshingly few changes, formed the basis for the Jaguar XK that would be released in 2006 for the 2007 model year.

Though it retained enough design DNA to remain unmistakably Jag, the 2007 XK was a thoroughly modern car. Its design was many years ahead of the outgoing model's, styled by Callum with respect for Jaguar's past but eyes towards the brand's future. The Advanced Lightweight Coupe concept's name was well-founded, and its advanced and lightweight use of aluminum made it into the production XK. The production car was built on a remarkably rigid platform that used aluminum extrusions extensively to reduce weight and increase rigidity. The XK was designed from the beginning as a convertible (Ian Callum considered it easier to make a coupe of a convertible than the other way around), and that fact meant that the XK convertible not only looked as good as the coupe but was also impressively stiff.

The XK debuted with a 4.2L, 32-valve V8 that made 300hp and was coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The supercharged XKR version made 420hp. This was ample power for both cars, but, in an effort to keep up with the competition and avoid the problems witnessed at the outset of the millennium, Jaguar gave the XK and XKR brand new engines for 2010. With displacement increased to 5.0L, the new V8s now produce 385hp in naturally aspirated form and 510hp in supercharged guise.

The XK, now complemented by the impressive XF and brand-new XJ, helped to revitalize Jaguar's ageing image. It represents the sporty car in Jag's small, cohesive lineup, and is a thoroughly modern piece that has earned the right to call itself by those two famous letters that first established Jaguar as a builder of benchmark sports cars in 1948.


'2010 Jaguar XK / XKR Coupe and Convertible - Auto Shows.' Car and Driver Jan 2009: n. pag. Web. 15 Jul 2010.

MacKenzie, Angus. 'First Look: 200 Jaguar XK.' Motor Trend Oct 2005: n. pag. Web. 15 Jul 2010.

By Evan Acuña
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