Jaguar XK

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This article is about the grand tourer series. For the straight-six engine, see Jaguar XK6 engine.
Jaguar XK
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Overview
Manufacturer Jaguar Cars
Also called XK8, XK, XKR
Production 1996–2014
Model years 1997-2015
Assembly Castle Bromwich Assembly, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Body and chassis
Class Grand tourer
Body style 2-door coupé
2-door convertible
Layout FR layout
Chronology
Predecessor Jaguar XJS

The Jaguar XK series (XK, XK8 and XKR) is a series of grand tourer cars produced by British car maker Jaguar Cars since 1996. The series was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show on 5 March 1996, and the last car came off the production line on 23 July 2014. The first generation of the series, the XK8, replaced the XJS, and was available as a coupé and convertible. The XK8 was the first 8-cylinder vehicle produced by Jaguar since the Daimler 250, introducing the Jaguar AJ-V8 engine.

The second generation XK was launched in 2006 (as a model year 2007). The new XK introduced an aluminium monocoque 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.

XK8/XKR (1996–2006)[edit]

Main article: Jaguar XK (X100)
XK8 Convertible

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.[1] In 1998 the supercharged XKR was added to the range. However, both the XK8 and XKR are limited to a maximum top speed of 155.4 mph (250.1 km/h).

The XK8 came standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, while 18-inch (Standard on the XKR), 19-inch, and 20-inch wheels were available for the XK8 at an additional cost. Jaguar's Adaptive Cruise Control is an optional feature available on both models. Both models came with all-leather interior, burl walnut trim, and side airbags. [2][3]

XK/XKR (2007–2014)[edit]

Main article: Jaguar XK (X150)
XKR (X150) Coupé

The newly designed XK was unveiled in 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. Jaguar's chief designer Ian Callum (who was also responsible for working on the Aston Martin DB7 and Vanquish coupés) claimed that the inspiration for the shape of the new XK came from his admiration for British actress Kate Winslet's curves.[4] The X150's grille was also inspired from the famous 1961 Jaguar E-Type.[5]

The standard XK model has an unlimited top speed of 158 mph whilst the XKR an unlimited top speed of 174 mph. An even faster variant, the XKR-S model was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012. The XKR-S 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) - making it the fastest Jaguar yet after the Jaguar XJ220. A convertible version of the XKR-S was released in 2012.[6]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Wilson on a 1997 Jaguar XK8". Mirror. Daily Mirror. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Winter Communication Design (8 November 2010). "XK8 und XKR (X100) - Entwicklungsgeschichte". XKJaguar. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Auto Channel-JAGUAR REDESIGNS ITSELF AS IT DESIGNS THE XK8". Theautochannel.com. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Clout, Laura (21 April 2008). "Jaguar boss has designs on Ford model". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Pollard, Tim (11 March 2009). "Jaguar XK 5.0 Coupe (2010)". Car. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.jaguar.com/ca/en/xk/models_and_pricing/models/xkr-s/specs1

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