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2009-01-13 13:29

Jaguar's XK and XKR models, which were pivotal in the brand's recent resurgence, come in for a facelift.

Thankfully, the inherent beauty of the intial design remains largely unchanged since most adjustments are reserved beneath the metal.

All-new direct-injection V8s are called into service - engines Jaguar assures are the most efficient petrol mills produced by the manufacturer yet.

In the performance-hungry XKR, the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 produces a blistering 380 kW and 625 Nm of torque, hurtling the sports coupe to 100 km/h in about 4.6 seconds.

Naturally aspirated in the XK, the same engine delivers 287 kW and a peak torque figure of 515 Nm. This enables a 0 - 100 km/h sprint of 5.2 seconds.

(The current 4.2 V8 churns out a paltry - in comparison - 219 kW in the XK and 306 kW in the flagship XKR…)

On XKR, the standard six-speed automatic transmission for the first time comes with an electronic differential to aid traction, too.
Top speed, on all models, is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

Fuel economy on both models is said to be improved and CO2 emissions are in line with upcoming Euro5 requirements. 

Cosmetic changes for both the XK and XKR include a new front end design, LED tail lights and a rear body valance.

The biggest addition to the cabin is the retractable JaguarDrive selector first seen on the XF.

The revised XK range arrives in South Africa in the third quarter of 2009.


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