The Jaguar XK is a modern day interpretation of the classic Jaguar E-type . It is also the most expensive of Jaguar model being sold today. Our XK was a drop top 4 seater, propelled by a 300 HP V8, packaged in a lightweight aluminum monocoque that produced an exhilarating driving experience. It is nice to see that the XK has not lost any of the fine touches associated with English craftsmanship, since the company was sold to the Indian automaker, Tata Motors , on June 2 of last year.
Jaguar seems to be clearing out the last of the 2009 XKs in Australia with a special edition. It’s called the XK-S, and its nothing like the XKR-S of last summer. Where the Europe-only XKR-S was a supercharged Jag with a great handling package, the XK-S for Australia is basically an appearance package.
This Jag comes with 20-inch Senta alloy wheels, luxury sports interior, brushed aluminum gear knob, bright finish pedals, as well as a few more exterior enhancements. It also gets the standard 2009 XK engine, which is the 4.2-liter V8 that makes about 300 hp. Not a bad engine, but we’ll probably wait for the upgraded 385 hp 5.0-liter V8 that is already announced for the 2010 model .
The production will only be limited to nine units, which means this car will at least be exclusive. This is a good thing considering eachexample has an asking price of about $138,000 U.S. ($209,400 in Aussie cash).
Press release after the jump.
We just saw the updates to Jaguar’s XF and XK lines last month in Detroit, and now they are about ready to hit the streets. Jaguar had just announced 2010 pricing for the U.S. on both lines.
The XF will now start at $52,000 (up about $2,025 from 2009) and top out with the fastest Jaguar ever, the 510 hp XFR at $80,000. For the XK line, the coupe will start at $83,000 and convertible goes for $89,000. Change the engine to the 510 hp supercharged XKR and pricing goes up to $96,000 for the coupe and $102,000 for the convertible.
Press release after the jump.
Jaguar is preparing to celebrate its upgraded engine in the XK in true English fashion: very mildly. The Xk is receiving more of a updating than a facelift for the 2009 model year. The biggest visual changes to the outside of the car are two new vertical slats just below the headlights and XF-inspired LED rear lights. Inside the car, the J-Gate shifter has finished its slow death, and is replaced with the rising knob from the XF .
What’s really exciting about the car is the engine. The V8 engine the Jaguar uses across its entire family line has been enlarged from 4.2 liters to 5.0. This means that the naturally aspired cars now match the 2008 XKR ’s 400 hp, and the 2009 supercharged XKR will get upgraded to 500 hp. Internationally Jaguar will also offer a 271 hp 3.0-liter diesel in the XK, but don’t bother looking for it in U.S. dealerships.
At the Detroit Auto Show, next to the XF-R, Jaguar will also present the new XKR.
Is Jaguar working on its new hybrid platform technology? According to spy photographers who caught this new XK , the car was not nearly making the same amount of noise usually heard from the throaty V8 sports car. Also, Jaguar is rumored to be hard at work on green technology.
When the car pictured here was researched at the U.K.’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing agency, it was listed as having CO2 emissions of 0 g/km. But that more likely just confirms that this is a prototype and may not necessarily point to a hybrid. Either way, the car’s front and rear bumpers are both different from those of the current XK.
So, is this a hybrid? Or just a facelift version?
According to AutoCar, jaguar is planning to unveil a diesel-powered XK. The XK diesel version will be powered by a win-turbo 3.0-litre version of the 2.7 V6 TD currently used in the company’s saloons.
Output will be over 250 hp and and should ensure that the XK is easily capable of over 30mpg in normal driving conditions.
Jaguar revealed at the British Motor Show the new XK60 special edition, a model created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of that iconic car. The car will be priced at £60,995 for the Coupe version and £66,995 for the Convertible.
The XK60 is powered by a 4.2-litre naturally aspirated AJ-V8 engine with continuously variable valve timing that delivers 298PS at 6000rpm and 303lb ft (411Nm) at 4100rpm. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 5,9 seconds (coupe) and 6.0 seconds (convertible). Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
The XK60 customer will benefit from dramatic 20-inch Senta alloy wheels, a sporty alloy gear knob and selector-gate surround, plus distinctive body enhancements: a new front spoiler and rear valance panel, chrome-finished side vents and bright upper and lower front grille meshes, special tailpipe finishers and appliqués on both sides of the car.
In order to celebrate the 60 anniversary of the XK sports car, which started with the iconic XK120 in 1948, Jaguar will unveil at the British Motor Show the XK60 special edition.
Jaguar did not released any other informations about the XK60, but you can see from the pictures that it will get an unique bodykit and traditional green paintwork. The XK60 will be presented next to the XKR-S, and the XF saloon.
More details will follow on July 22nd.
This year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Jaguar will celebrate XK’s 60th anniversary. At the event Jaguar will bring the XKR-S, two XK 120’s, the historic ’NUB’ and ’LWK’ and an XK 140. Another special model will be the long-nose Jaguar D-type, famous for winning Le Mans in 1957.
Jaguar’s fastest ever production XK – the XKR-S – will grace the Goodwood hill in the supercar run throughout the weekend. This limited edition vehicle is powered by Jaguar’s acclaimed 4.2-litre V8 supercharged engine and is capable of 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 174mph. The XKR-S is for the true Jaguar enthusiast, delivering a combination of high speed performance, dynamic excellence and crafted luxury that is unique to Jaguar.
The record-breaking XK 120 ’Montlhéry’ Fixed Head Coupe is one of the three 1950s XK’s to take part in the ’Classic Endurance Cars’ hill climb. This car is famous for its part in the ’Seven Days and Seven Nights’ event where it was driven by Stirling Moss, Bert Hadley, Jack Fairman and Leslie Johnson. It averaged 100.31mph (161.43km/h) for seven days and nights covering 16,851 miles.
The fixed head coupe will be joined by ’NUB 120’, the XK 120 that is recognised for establishing Jaguar’s motor sport credentials. ’NUB 120’ was privately owned and campaigned by Ian Appleyard and his wife Patricia, Sir William Lyons’ daughter, who acted as navigator.
Jaguar will unveil the 2009 XK in September at the Paris Auto Show. The 2009 Jaguar XK will be offered in both XK8 and XKR trims.
On the exterior it features a new front bumper with new outer air inlets below the headlights, and a redesigned rear bumper with LED taillights.
Under the hood there will be nothing spectacular, Jaguar keeping the same line-up as in the current model, but Jaguar will reportedly be applying the XF’s Jaguar Drive transmission interface to the XK.