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2005-09-14 10:57
According to Jaguar the convertible was designed and developed in parallel with the coupe.

The XK Convertible uses the same advanced aluminium body structure technology to achieve excellent body rigidity and torsional stiffness while minimizing weight.

As with the coupe the drop-top will be powered by Jaguar's naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 engine which produces 224 kW and it develops maximum torque of 411 Nm at 4 100 r/min.

In convertible guise the XK does 0-100kmh in 6.3 seconds and the top-speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

The car's fabric roof drops down in about 18seconds - when retracted it stows fully out of sight beneath an aluminium tonneau cover.

A roll-over protection system comprising two "hidden" aluminium hoops deploy in the event of an accident.

Deployable bonnet

Jaguar has managed to combine beautiful, fast sports car design with the latest pedestrian impact technology to create a world first with the all-new XK.

Engineers at Jaguar developend the Pyrotechnic Pedestrian Deployable Bonnet System (PDBS), a state-of-the-art advanced safety feature.

In the event of a pedestrian impact, the deployable bonnet on the new XK automatically "pops" up a few inches, to create a cushioning effect between the engine and the bonnet.

This helps to isolate the pedestrian from hard points in the engine compartment - and takes place in less than a tenth of the time it takes to blink an eye.

This active safety system is complemented by a passive bumper system, the design of which helps to mitigate leg injury through the use of crushable foam and plastic covering.

An advanced sensing system is mounted in the front bumper to help discriminate between a pedestrian collision and any other possible front-end collisions.

The speed of the sensing time in the system is around one tenth of the time it takes to blink an eye.

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