JAGUAR HIGH-FLYER: The sleek lines of the new Jaguar XF warrant a second look - especially on tight ropes high above London. Image: Jaguar.
LONDON, England - Commuters in the heart of London’s business district were stopped in their tracks on Tuesday (March 24 2015) as an all-new Jaguar XF performed the world’s longest high-wire water crossing.
The car is expected in South Africa in early 2016.
Jaguar’s newest saloon demonstrated its agility as London’s business community watched in awe. The new XF made a careful journey across two wires suspended 18m above the Thames at Canary Wharf, the heart of Britain's media.
Meteorological experts and structural engineers were on hand to determine precise drive conditions, based on comprehensive crosswind analysis. As a contingency, top stunt man Jim Dowdall was rigged up with abseil equipment, a cherry picker crane was to hand and a safety speedboat waited at the river bank.
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The sky-high tightrope journey over 34mm wires, Jaguar said, showcased the XF’s lightweight credentials – its new aluminium body means it is 80kg lighter than its nearest competitor and 190kg lighter than its predecessor.
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The new XF is the third Jaguar to be based on the brand’s advanced aluminium architecture, making every Jaguar now produced aluminium intensive. The British automaker is a globally recognised leader in high-tech aluminium construction, which leads to strong and safe but ultra-lightweight body structures.
Less weight, Jaguar says, means better efficiency and the new lightweight XF can now boast segment-leading figures of better than four litres/100km and 104g/Km CO2 exhaust emissions. It also offers more rear-seat space than its competitors as well as new touch screen technology and unrivalled levels of luxury and refinement.
The all-new XF will next be seen on April 1 2015 at the New York International Auto Show.