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Press Release) Jaguar is proud to
announce a new era in its sports car lineage – the all-new XK. Like
all great Jaguar sports cars, the focus of the all-new XK is firmly
on the future, while acknowledging the marque’s rich history. It
heralds a new era for Jaguar in terms of both design and
engineering, and is the most technically advanced Jaguar ever built.
The all-new XK continues the Jaguar tradition of beautiful,
powerful, ground-breaking sports cars, but behind its stunning
looks, the all-new XK bristles with practical, intuitive, modern
technology, clearly focussed on enhancing the driving experience. It
delivers significant improvements in performance, dynamics, safety,
exterior and interior design and equipment and it will launch with
all the quality expected of a brand which is making great progress
in independent quality audits. When it is launched in early 2006,
this first of the next generation of Jaguars will signal the next
exciting step for Britain’s most evocative car company.
By starting with a blank canvas, Jaguar was able to make use of the
latest aerospace technologies alongside more traditional Jaguar
skills to create a luxurious, powerful, highly advanced sports car.
A major key to the all-new XK’s character is Jaguar’s
industry-leading aluminum monocoque body structure, introduced with
the latest XJ sedans.
With this unique high-tech construction method, the all-new XK’s
bodyshell is 31 percent stiffer than the previous steel XK and
significantly offers a 10 percent improvement in power to weight
ratio. The all-new XK is up to 90 percent stiffer and 397lb lighter
than key rivals, with a kerb weight of just 3671lb.
In the words of Jaguar’s Chief Engineer Mike Cross, in charge of
all-new XK’s vehicle dynamics, "What the team has looked to engineer
is a sports car with true all-round ability. That means it must be
fast, outstandingly agile, and truly exciting to drive. It has to go
quickly, stop quickly, and do everything in between in the way a
Jaguar should. Yet it’s also a rational choice - the all-new XK will
deliver a balance of superb driving dynamics and relaxed comfort
that is the epitome of sophisticated sporting luxury."
All-new Jaguar XK at a glance
All-new Jaguar XK
2+2 sports car.
First of a new
generation of beautiful, fast Jaguars.
The most technically
advanced Jaguar ever made.
Succeeds the Jaguar
XK range introduced in 1996.
all-aluminum construction allows a lightweight yet incredibly
stiff and strong car.
and driver-focussed technologies such as Keyless Entry and a
push button starter enhance driver enjoyment.
sports car cabin exemplifies Jaguar craftsmanship, luxury and
Launched with latest
generation naturally aspirated 4.2-liter Jaguar V8 engine,
developing 300bhp (SAE).
Sequential Shift 6-speed automatic transmission system
incorporates steering wheel-mounted paddles for manual gear
Reaches 60mph from
standstill in 5.9 seconds and completes quarter mile sprint in
14.4 seconds – less than 0.5 seconds off the pace of the
previous 390bhp supercharged model.*
limited top speed of 155mph.
The latest in
entertainment with the option of an Alpine Dolby Pro-logic II
525 watt surround sound system and Sirius satellite radio.
wireless technology for mobile phones on all models.
On sale from early
2006. Pricing will be confirmed closer to sale, although the XK
will be highly competitive in the luxury sports car segment.
will also be available – details later this year.
*Manufacturer provisional test figures
You only have to look at
the all-new XK to know that this car is a giant leap forwards. The
handsome, powerful looks are clearly a continuation of the style of
the Advanced Lightweight Coupe concept first unveiled at the Detroit
Auto Show in January 2005.
The use of beautiful lines and clean surfaces was crucial in
defining the all-new XK’s more sporting character. In design
director Ian Callum’s words, "The fundamental values of Jaguar
design do not change – not even since Sir William Lyons created the
first Jaguar all those years ago. The entire design team worked with
those values as we looked to create a car with clean lines, a
purposeful stance and exquisite proportions. 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’s own
designs were in their day."
In one respect the all-new XK actually has more in common with
earlier cars like the original XKs and the C, D and E-types than it
does with the most recent XK, and that is the way in which the shape
wraps much more tightly around the mechanical underpinnings. The way
the well-toned skin stretches more tautly over the structure is
timelessly modern, disciplined, sophisticated, and easy on the eye.
The all-new XK is visibly more assertive and sporting than the model
it replaces, but in true Jaguar tradition it is also elegant and
understated. It has classic, ground-hugging coupe proportions, with
a long hood, steeply raked windscreen and rear window, arch-filling
wheels, and minimal overhangs. The front-wing power vents are a new
Jaguar styling signature; the distinctive oval grille opening,
prominent hood power-bulge and practicality-enhancing rear liftback
door all echo the E-type; while details like the sweeping front and
rear light shapes and powerful stance establish Jaguar sports car
design firmly in the 21st century.
Inside as outside, the all-new XK features clean, simple, modern
lines. It uses traditional craftsmanship and contemporary luxury
materials like finely stitched leather, contrasting with a choice of
more high-tech trim surfaces including metallic finishes. The layout
is driver-focussed and sporty, with excellent ergonomics and
body-hugging seats, set low against the high waistline to give a
strong ‘cockpit’ feel. With the all-new XK’s longer wheelbase, wider
tracks and taller roofline, the 2+2 layout has more interior space
than the XK that it replaces. Indeed this spacious sports car leads
the luxury coupe class in terms of front legroom and shoulder room
and boasts a 20mm increase in front seat headroom over the previous
Jaguar XK coupe.
Inside the cabin the minimalist instrument cluster houses two
prominent round dials either side of an advanced high-resolution
colour display based on thin-film transistor technology. This
256-color display is split into several zones showing vital
information such as gear selection, cruise control information, low
tire pressure warnings and satellite navigation instructions,
dependent on market. A centrally mounted 7-inch touch-screen allows
intuitive selection of climate, audio, navigation, telephone and
vehicle personalization settings.
A host of new driver aids have been introduced to make the all-new
XK’s interior the most welcoming cabin imaginable. The Jaguar Smart
Key System, for example, provides keyless start and keyless entry
simply by carrying the Jaguar Smart Key in your pocket, case or bag.
Lightweight Vehicle Technology
While the first striking
impression of the all-new XK is delivered by its looks, its real
essence is in what lies under the skin. The most far-reaching
engineering feature in the all-new XK is its use of Jaguar’s
Lightweight Vehicle Technology, the all-aluminum architecture which
was introduced with the latest generation XJ sedan.
It is unique in the industry as a complete aluminum monocoque body
structure as distinct from an aluminum spaceframe with separate
aluminum exterior panels. Developed from aircraft industry methods,
where strength and light weight are critical, Jaguar’s manufacturing
process produces a massively strong but very light structure that is
both riveted and epoxy-bonded.
The new XK takes the Lightweight Vehicle concept a step further with
extended use of lightweight aluminum castings and extrusions as well
as pressed aluminum panels. Its strength and light weight come from
both the way the bodyshell is constructed, and the use of new
jointing technologies developed by Jaguar and its suppliers.
The all-aluminum rear liftback door is strong, light and simple to
operate. It pivots on two hinges ensuring the edge of the liftback
moves away from the operator’s head as the lid is raised. It also
provides excellent rear visibility for the driver – rare in the
sports coupe field.
Beyond the exceptional body integrity and built-in deformation
zones, the all-new XK is also available with a host of other safety
solutions for protecting pedestrians as well as car occupants. Those
include the shape and construction of the bumpers and hood, where
great attention has been paid to the shape and positioning of
air-intake openings to help protect against pedestrian lower-leg
With lower weight and higher strength, Lightweight Vehicle
Technology is the starting point for improved performance, safety,
refinement, fuel economy, emissions and driving dynamics. Russ
Varney, Chief Programme Engineer, Sports Range, explains how a ‘no
compromise’ mentality was applied when it came to engineering the
ultimate grand tourer: "As a team we worked from day one to ensure
that the all-new XK delivered on every target set for the vehicle.
In the case of the aluminum monocoque body structure, it delivers
great advantages in terms of weight and strength and we were
determined to use those benefits to produce a sports car with a
blend of stunning vehicle dynamics and outstanding comfort."
From launch the all-new
XK will be powered by Jaguar’s renowned naturally aspirated
4.2-liter V8 engine which produces 300bhp (SAE). This compact,
lightweight, high performance AJ-V8
engine is based on that fitted to the latest generation XJ sedan and
has undergone significant development compared with the engine used
in the previous XK family, including new fuel-injection technology.
The latest 4.2-liter engine satisfies Euro 4 emissions requirements
as well as the most stringent US emissions regulations, ensuring it
meets ULEVII status – an improvement over the previous generation
XK8 coupe which was certified as LEVII.
The naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 develops maximum torque of 310
lb ft SAE at 4,100rpm. Again, the spread of torque is an important
ingredient in the XK’s effortlessly sporty character, and this
engine delivers more than 85 percent of maximum torque from 2,000 to
6,000rpm. Yet it still offers fine fuel economy over the outgoing
XK8 coupe and low emissions figures, with a drop in CO2 emissions of
6 percent over the previous model*.
The naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 XK coupe has a (limited)
maximum speed of 155mph and 0-60mph time of 5.9 seconds, plus
instant throttle response and broad flexibility across the range.
With the new XK’s weight savings, the 4.2’s standing quarter-mile
time of 14.4 seconds is less than half a second off the pace of the
previous supercharged XKR coupe*.
For the first time in a Jaguar, drivers will be able to use steering
wheel-mounted paddles to change gear with the new Jaguar Sequential
Shift transmission. In either Drive or Sport Manual modes, very fast
shifts are achieved by combining the use of one-touch paddles with
an automatic blip of the throttle from the drive-by-wire engine
management system during downshifts. Thanks to this positive torque
enhancement control, the shifts are faster and more responsive than
before, regardless of the mode selected.
The XK’s six-speed ZF transmission introduces a new generation of
automatic gearshift for Jaguar, replacing the familiar ‘J’ gate with
the new Jaguar Sequential Shift system with Park, Reverse, Neutral,
Drive and Sport modes. The fully automatic Drive mode adapts to
individual driving styles, while a Sport Auto mode can also be
selected. This offers a more responsive pattern, utilising the
automatic blip of the throttle to maintain ultra-smooth shifts.
*Manufacturer provisional test figures
The all-new XK has a
completely new braking system, tested extensively over many hundreds
of laps at the gruelling Nürburgring test track in Germany where
Jaguar has a dedicated research facility. The result is greater
braking power and more responsive feedback to the enthusiastic
driver. Larger, ventilated discs contribute to better pedal feel,
optimum stopping distances and resist fade during extended use. The
system also includes four-channel ABS, Electronic Brake Force
Distribution, Hydraulic Brake Assist to increase brake pressure
during an emergency stop, and Jaguar’s Electronic Park Brake
Unlike conventional digital ABS systems used on many cars, the
all-new XK’s ABS system can vary the brake pressure at each wheel
using analogue valves in the hydraulic control unit. This gives more
refinement to the hydraulic pressure control and allows drivers to
benefit from increased steering input during heavy braking. The
all-new XK’s Bosch Servotronic 2 steering is also adapted for a
sports car from the XJ sedan, to give easy low-speed manoeuvring
with optimum high-speed feedback under all conditions.
The all-new XK also includes a host of other safety features
designed to empower rather than overpower the driver. These include
a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, run-flat tires, Jaguar’s Protec
dynamic headrest system to protect against whiplash injuries,
Forward Alert which uses the optional Adaptive Cruise Control
system’s forward-facing sensors to scan the road ahead 10 times
every second to warn of a potential collision, and the new
switchable TRAC DSC Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control
A new active front lighting system is also offered as an option on
the XK, enhancing the bi-xenon intelligent lighting that is standard
on the car. This feature provides enhanced visibility in the dark
during cornering by swivelling the dipped beam lens depending on
road speed and the angle at which the steering wheel is turned.
Like any of the great
Jaguar sports cars of the past fifty years and more, the all-new XK
pushes the boundaries of sports motoring. It is the most technically
advanced Jaguar ever, and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. It
is lighter, faster and better equipped than the model it replaces,
with substantial improvements in performance, dynamics, braking,
safety and economy.
Being a Jaguar, it combines the comfort, style and craftsmanship of
a luxuriously equipped grand tourer with the driving dynamics of a
true sports car. It captures the unique joy of driving that Jaguar
drivers expect. In the finest Jaguar tradition, it is a truly
beautiful, fast car, with advanced engineering and fine
craftsmanship. It offers style, comfort and luxury. But it also
keeps true to what sports car motoring is really about – and that is
the undiluted thrill of driving.