The second generation XK was launched in 2006 (as a model year 2007). The new XK introduced an aluminiummonocoque bodyshell, and is available both as a two-door coupé and two-door cabriolet/convertible, with just the engine and associated mechanicals being carried forward.
The XK8 was launched in 1996 to replace the XJ-S. Two body styles were produced - a coupé and a convertible. The car was the first in the Jaguar line-up to use Jaguar's newly developed V8 engine - the AJ-V8. In 1998 the supercharged XKR was added to the range.
The completely new Ian Callum designed XK was unveiled in 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show. Ian claims that the inspiration for the shape of the new XK came from his admiration for British actress Kate Winslet's curves. The standard XK has an unlimited top speed of 158 mph, the XKR an unlimited top speed of 174 mph. The faster XKR-S model (added in 2012) gained an additional 40 horsepower over the XKR bringing the 0-60 mph time down to only 4.4 seconds and the top speed up to 300 km/h (186 mph). A convertible version of the XKR-S has also been released.