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New Jaguar XK roars in

2005-08-26 12:09

Meet the striking new XK!

Is could this the most beautiful Jaguar yet?

Whatever, this new Jaguar 2+2 sports car is indeed a stunner and takes most of its design cues from the Advanced Lightweight Concept of this year's Detroit Motor Show.

According to Jaguar the new XK is clearly focussed on enhancing the driving experience featuring improvements in performance, dynamics and safety.

A major key to the all-new XK's character is Jaguar's aluminium monocoque body structure, introduced with the latest XJ saloons.

With this unique high-tech construction method, the all-new XK's bodyshell is 31% stiffer than the previous XK's and significantly offers a 10% improvement in power to weight ratio. The all-new XK is up to 90% stiffer and 180kg lighter than key rivals, with a kerb weight of just 1 595kg.

With a longer wheelbase, wider track and taller roofline, the 2+2 layout has more interior space than the XK that it replaces. It boasts a 20mm increase in front-seat headroom over the previous model.

From launch the all-new XK will be powered by Jaguar's renowned naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 engine which produces 224 kW and it develops maximum torque of 411Nm at 4 100 r/min.

The car comes with a 6-speed sequential shift automatic transmission 6-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

In this engine guise the XK will rocket from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds while top speed is limited to 250 km/h.

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