(from Jaguar Press
Release) The Jaguar Advanced Lightweight Coupe show car
made its world debut today at the North American International Auto
Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Mich. The Advanced Lightweight Coupe show
car heralds a new generation of stunning Jaguar sports cars and
sports sedans. The car remains true to Jaguar's illustrious past but
more importantly signals the company's confident leap forward into
Joe Greenwell, Chairman and CEO of Jaguar Cars, introduced the show
"The Advanced Lightweight Coupe represents the very essence of
Jaguar, its heart and soul. If you want to know what lies ahead for
us, what direction we will take – this is Jaguar's answer."
The Advanced Lightweight Coupe is a physical expression of Design
Director, Ian Callum's thoughts and intentions for the next
generation of Jaguar cars, which like this 2+2 show car, will have
purposeful and seductive exteriors that bring Jaguar design firmly
into the 21st century.
The Advanced Lightweight Coupe benefits from Jaguar's advanced
lightweight aluminum architecture technology that was introduced
with the new XJ saloon; in production form the Advanced Lightweight
Coupe would be as dynamic and agile as it is desirable.
This is a car that in unrestricted production form could reach 60
mph from standstill in less than five seconds and have potential 180
mph performance. Filled with examples of the intuitive driver
technologies that are Jaguar's trademark, the Advanced Lightweight
Coupe also introduces some new ones.
This is a beautiful, fast Jaguar, true to the brand's past and
future. It embodies sporting luxury and represents the future of
Jaguar, as an ambassador for a marque whose reputation was founded
on beautiful dynamic sports cars.
"This company has had many ground-breaking moments," continued
Greenwell. "The XK120 was a ground-breaker and of course the E-Type
and XJ saloon in the 1960's helped to change the face of motoring.
These were events in automotive design history that have stood the
test of time and I would like to think that we will look back on the
Advanced Lightweight Coupe as another of those moments in Jaguar's