(from Jaguar Press
Release) Jaguar North America is planning to offer its
X-TYPE owners a chance to pump-up and show-off a little more muscle.
The company teamed-up with leading California speed and design
studio, bonspeed®, to create a new range of body styling, suspension
and braking equipment for Jaguar’s all-wheel-drive X-TYPE premium
To showcase the range of components that could be available, Jaguar
and bonspeed® today unveil a bold, dramatic ‘bonspeed® 3.0 X-TYPE’
concept at the 2004 SEMA specialty equipment show in Las Vegas.
Among the features of the bonspeed® X-TYPE:
racecar-inspired body kit
Integrated rear deck
Dramatic ‘Match Head
forged alloy wheels
Tubular trailing arm
shocks, Eibach springs
cross-drilled brake rotors
Engine tuning to
give extra 30bhp
Real carbon fiber
dash and gear surround
Recaro F1 sports
Sony 1200 watt audio
"bonspeed® has done a
great job in showing that the X-TYPE has the potential to be a
tough, but sophisticated-looking tuner project car," says C.J.
O’Donnell, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Sales and
Communications, Jaguar North America.
"And, with a significant number of Jaguar X-TYPEs joining our
award-winning Select Edition certified pre-owned program next year,
it will be even easier for younger buyers to get into an X-TYPE than
ever before," continued O'Donnell.
A 'Red Hot' Exterior
The exterior of the
bonspeed® X-TYPE is 'red hot' thanks to a special ‘Match Head Red’
paint developed for the car by DuPont and applied by L&G Enterprises
in San Dimas, Calif.
The dramatic, DTM touring car-inspired body package was designed at
bonspeed’s Anaheim studios and features new front and rear fascias,
extended side rockers and an integrated trunk spoiler. The body
package gives the car a low, aggressive stance and enhances the
car's already- striking lines.
To give the Jaguar extra
power, bonspeed worked with Superchips Tuning, in Florida to enhance
the X-TYPE’s engine management system. Together with a new Borla
stainless steel, 2.5-inch diameter exhaust, and an XP high-flow
intake, the changes deliver an extra 30bhp to the X-TYPE’s 3.0-liter
AJ-V6, increasing power to around 260bhp.
"One of the main goals we set ourselves to achieve was to develop
the X-TYPE to accommodate 19-inch wheels," explains bonspeed®
president, Brad Fanshaw.
Fanshaw and his team worked with suspension specialists Detroit
Speed & Engineering to develop a new, slimmer tubular trailing arm
rear link. This allows the bonspeed® X-TYPE to be fitted with not
only taller 19-inch rims, but wider 255/35-19 Michelin Pilot tires.
To give the concept the kind of stopping power to match its extra
grip, 13-inch cross-drilled Baer rotors were fitted, clamped by Baer
calipers. Front and rear Koni shocks, together with stiffer Eibach
springs, give the bonspeed® X-TYPE sharper handling and tighter body
An Interior to Match
The concept’s new
interior is as radical as its exterior. New Recaro F1 race-style
bucket seats were added to the front, while the complete cabin was
re-trimmed in super-soft crimson leather supplied by luxury leather
goods maker, Mulholland Brothers, in San Francisco. And, carbon
fiber accents on the dash and gear surround are shared with the 2005
Jaguar X-TYPE 3.0 Sport.
For the car’s 1200-watt in-car entertainment system, bonspeed®
fitted twin Sony liquid crystal TVs for front and rear passengers,
along with a Sony head unit and DVD player. Sound is pumped out
through Diamond Audio speakers and amplifiers, all linked together
with Metra Electronics cabling.
"Our plan is to eventually offer all the features seen in the
bonspeed® X-TYPE to X-TYPE owners. The Jaguar makes a perfect
platform for a highly-expressive tuner vehicle for the enthusiast
market," explains Fanshaw.
The bonspeed X-TYPE will be on display at the 2004 trade-only
Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show (SEMA) at the Las
Vegas Convention Center Nov 2-5.
bonspeed® X-TYPE – Specifications
Jaguar all-wheel drive X-TYPE 3.0
bonspeed® California Speed & Design Studio, Anaheim, Calif.
New, deeper front fascia featuring new mesh grille
PIAA driving lights
New deeper rear fascia, trunk lid-mounted spoiler and wider rockers
DuPont ‘Match Head Red’
Applied by L&G Enterprises, San Dimas, Calif.
bonspeed® 19-inch forged alloys
Michelin Pilot 225/35-19 (f), 255/35-19 (r)
Detroit Speed & Engineering tubular rear trailing arms
Koni front coil-over shocks, rear gas struts
Eibach springs front and rear
Hotchkis sway bars
13-inch Baer cross-drilled rotors
Power increase from 227bhp (SAE) to approx. 260bhp
Superchips Tuning computer chip
Borla 2.5-inch diameter stainless exhaust with oval tips
High-flow XP intake
Recaro F1 front sports seats
Hurst shifter ball shift knob
CNC machined billet shift surround
Jaguar Carbon Fiber dash accents
Mulholland Brothers crimson leather upholstery
Sony liquid screen TVs, DVD player, head unit
Diamond Audio speakers and amps
Metra Electronics wiring
From its beginning as a manufacturer of motorcycle sidecars in 1922,
Jaguar Cars has grown to become one of the world’s premier
manufacturers of luxury sedans and sports cars and with that, one of
the most recognized commercial brands. The company's vision is
simple: To produce beautiful fast cars that are desired the world
over. The company is fully engaged in environmental programs,
community work and brand awareness exercises such as motor sport.
Jaguar offers a four-model range of luxury sedans and sports cars
packed with fully competitive technology and safety systems wrapped
up in stylish bodies. The X-TYPE premium compact sedan is the
company’s first all-wheel drive model combining unmistakable Jaguar
looks in an affordable, sporting package. Entry to the Jaguar range
via the X-TYPE costs around $30,000.
Jaguar's mid-size luxury sedan is the S-TYPE distinguished by
styling reminiscent of the original Mark 2 and S-TYPE sedans.
Positioned above the X-TYPE in size and price S-TYPE ownership
begins at less than $45,000. The flagship XJ sedan has been the
cornerstone of the marque since 1968 and is the definitive Jaguar.
The 2005 XJ is the most technologically advanced car the company has
ever built, using aircraft-style aluminum construction for lightness
and strength. It is also the longest and most spacious Jaguar
offering a selection of long wheelbase derivatives in the range. The
XJ range starts at less than $62,000. The XK series, including the
XK8 and XKR coupes and convertibles are Jaguar's sports cars. They
combine high performance with luxurious interiors and grand touring
capability. Pricing begins at just over $70,000.