2015 Jaguar XK Final Fifty Edition

It’s come to this for the Jaguar XK . Already scheduled to be discontinued following the 2015 model year, the XK is making one last stand at a major auto show with the debut of the XK Final Fifty Edition at the New York Auto Show . As you can see from its name, this special edition XK is limited to just 50 units, each coming with a variety of upgrades added in to celebrate the departure of Jag’s entry-level model.

Truth be told, the changes are necessarily revolutionary, but they do give this model a little extra something to entice buyers. Included are a smattering of aero components on the exterior, some simple upgrades to the interior and some extra packages that are typically optional on the XKR-S to help boost performance, giving the XK a fitting send off.

What’s more, with the Final Fifty Edition being based on the XKR model, buyers get a 5.0-liter V-8 that nets 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of twist. So even if the whole cosmetic and cornering enhancements are underwhelming, the last 50 XKs can still take comfort knowing that its last incarnation has a monster breathing under that XKR-S GT hood.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Jaguar XK Final Fifty Edition.

Exterior

Jaguar XK Final Fifty Edition

For what it’s worth, I think Jaguar could’ve done a better job in making the XK Final Fifty model a little more memorable. It’s not that Jag did a poor job, but a little more than parts-bin diving would have been nice. Basically, a little exclusivity would have been great.

But the British maker didn’t do that; instead, it gave the final line of XK models an Ultimate Black exterior and black soft top on the convertible models and a few aerodynamic components. The aero upgrades are courtesy of the already-available Dynamic Performance Pack — a $7,500 value — and they include special side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a new rear wing, but the exterior update just is not as comprehensive as we expected. This package also adds in a set of 20-inch Vortex-style forged alloy wheels.

The only semi-exclusive update on the outside is the XKR-S GT hood, which does add a little extra aggression to the the car, plus the louvers on the hood pay homage to the classic styling of the E-Class of old.

While the XK looks sexy in that Ultimate Black, it is rather disappointing to see almost nothing exclusive in this final run of XK models.

Stock XK Vs. XK Final Fifty Edition

Jaguar XK Final Fifty Edition

2015 Jaguar XK Final Fifty - Exterior Dimensions

Aerodynamic drag coefficient (Cd)Coupe: 0.33
Convertible: 0.35
Wheelbase108.3/2,752
Length188.7/4,794
Width74.5/1,892 (mirrors folded) 80.0/2,032 (inc. mirrors)
HeightCoupe: 52.0/1,322
Convertible: 52.3/1,329
Track (front/rear)61.4/1,560 62.8/1,596 (63.3/1,608 w/ opt. wheels)
Curb weight (lbs.)Coupe: 3,968
Convertible: 4,079

Interior

Jaguar XK Final Fifty Edition

The disappointment carries into the interior of the XK Final Fifty Edition, as save for a few small items, this looks like any other XKR with the Dynamic Performance Pack added in. The items that the Pack adds in are performance seats in Diamond Sew stitch pattern and a Jet suedecloth steering wheel — again, nothing exclusive here. The three exclusive items inside the cabin are the "Final Fifty" inscribed doorsill treadplate, the "Final Fifty" badge on the center console and the Diamond Sew Stitch on Ivory leather seats.

Also included are the standard features found on any XKR, including dual zone automatic climate control system, auto dimming electro-chromatic power-folding exterior mirrors, front and rear Park Assist, backup camera, heated front seats with 16-way power adjustment, seven-inch touch-screen, Portable Audio Interface, USB ports and a 525-watt Bowers & Wilkins® audio system

2015 Jaguar XK Final Fifty - Exterior Dimensions

Headroom, frontCoupe: 37.4/950 Convertible: 37.8/959
Headroom, rearCoupe: 30.2/767 Convertible: 33.1/840
Legroom, front43.0/1,091
Legroom, rear27.6/700
Shoulder room, front56.6 /1,438
Shoulder room, rear42.4 / 1.078
Trunk volumeCoupe: 11.7 cu. ft.
Convertible: 11.1 cu. ft. (with top up and mini spare) 7.1 cubic feet (top down)

Drivetrain & Suspension

The Jaguar XK Final Fifty Edition will retain the 5.0-liter V-8 engine that’s currently being used in the XKR. That’s probably the best thing about this model. With little in the way of exciting exterior and interior refinements, customers can at least take comfort knowing that this cat can pounce to the tune of 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to hit 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds to go with an increased top speed of 174 mph, thanks to the Dynamic Performance Pack.

The XK Final Fifty’s suspension gets a but of the XKR-S treatment, including a 10 mm (0.39-inch) lower ride height and fully machined front suspension components with exclusive spring and damper settings for better handling. Also included is an upgraded Adaptive Dynamics suspension system

At least the suspension got a few somewhat exclusive additions, and the topspeed gets a mild boost over the base XKR.

2015 Jaguar XK Final Fifty - Drivetrain Specifications

Engine5-liter V8 AJ133 Gen III DOHC V8, aluminum-alloy cylinder block and heads
Bore x Stroke92.5 x 93.0 mm / 3.64 x 3.66 in.
Displacement5,000 cc / 305 cu. in.
Compression ratio9.5:1
Fuel/InductionDirect fuel injection; Eaton twin vortex supercharger and dual intercoolers
ValvetrainChain driven DOHC, four valves per cylinder; dual independent variable cam timing
IgnitionDirect
Fuel requirementPremium, 91 AKI minimum
Horsepower (SAE)510@6,000-6,500 rpm
Torque lb.-ft. (SAE)461@2,500-5,500 rpm
0-60 mph4.6 seconds
Max. track speed (electronically limited)174 mph
Fuel Economy Manufacturer’s Estimated City/Highway MPG15 / 22

Prices

The Jaguar XK Final Fifty Edition is set to go on sale this fall, exclusively in the United States. Minus the exclusive items, I can build almost the identical car for about $114,000, so with the extra goodies that are exclusive and the rarity of this package, expect this model to check in at about $125,000.

Competition

BMW 6 Series

BMW 6-Series

Given how much Jaguar has invested in putting itself back on the map, it has really positioned itself to compete with a car like the BMW 6 Series. The variety being offered by the XK line also plays in to how its rivals are presenting their own models.

Take for example the XKR, which is the car that the XK Final Fifty Edition is based oin. That one slots just above the 650i but still a ways away from the M6. The former, after all, is capable of developing 445 horsepower and a peak torque of 480 pound-feet whereas the latter cleanly hits 560 horsepower without even breaking a sweat.

The 650i’s starting price of $86,700 should also make it cheaper than the 650i, even more so with all the additional upgrades given to the Final Fifty Edition.

Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vantage

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a direct competitor to the Jaguar XKR, but as far as aesthetics are concerned, the Vantage laps the XK. No competition whatsoever in our eyes.

The V8 Vantage is powered by a 4.7-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 420 horsepower, quite a ways down from what the XKR is capable of. But if you want something that the Jaguar can compete against, the V12 Vantage can do just that, thanks to its 6.0-liter V-12 engine producing 510 horsepower, and 420 pound-feet of torque.

Even with the seemingly identical numbers, the Aston is still quicker to 60 mph at just 4.2 seconds to go with a top speed of 190 mph, 16 mph more than what the XKR is capable of.

Conclusion

We love farewell models, and many are so great that they are gobbled up in a heartbeat. But given the lack of interest for the XK since the F-Type’s debut and the fact that this special edition is already basically available through careful option-box ticking, this is likely to be a slow seller. This is even truer if Jag cranks the price up to the anticipated $125k mark.

Sure, you do get the XKR-S GT hood, an interior color scheme that is otherwise not available on the XKR with the Dynamic Performance Pack, a re-tuned suspension and some badges, but is that really a "special" model worthy of any price hike? I think not. Now, if Jaguar comes in with a great price — say around $110k — then this is a great buy.

LOVE IT
  • Only 50 units (25 coupes and 25 drop-tops)
  • Good for Jaguar for basing it on the XKR
  • XK lovers — whatever is left of them — should get a kick out of it
  • XKR-S GT hood and XKR-S suspension are solid additions
LEAVE IT
  • Not worth the anticipated price hike
  • Not exclusive enough to be a farewell model
  • Jaguar went parts bin diving to build this one with little to set it apart from other XKs

Press Release

Jaguar XK Final Fifty Edition

Jaguar announced at the New York International Auto Show that it will exclusively offer U.S. customers a limited-edition XK model to mark the end of this model’s production during the 2015 model year. The XK Final Fifty limited edition is based on the 510hp XKR model and will be limited to 25 coupes and 25 convertibles.

The 2015 XK Final Fifty limited edition will be the last 50 XKR models produced for the U.S. market, and will be built during the summer of 2014, reaching showrooms in early fall. In creating the XK Final Fifty limited edition, Jaguar took inspiration from the special final edition of its iconic E-Type sports car in 1974. Fifty E-Type roadsters were made, 49 in black over cinnamon trim and one in British Racing Green, each identified by a special plaque. They are highly sought-after collectibles today.

The 2015 XK Final Fifty limited edition commemorates the evolution of Jaguar grand touring coupes and convertibles that emerged after the E-Type, starting with the XJS in the 1970s and then the XK8 in the 1990s. All have combined distinctive 2+2 style and luxury with high power and polished performance.

These limited edition models will be painted Ultimate Black, with the Convertible featuring a black top. Styling is enhanced by the louvered hood from the limited-production XKR-S GT model – a design highlight that was inspired by the classic E-Type. Inside, all standard XKR luxury is present, with each of these limited edition models identified by a special badge on the center console and an inscribed doorsill treadplate.

Performance upgrades are also included in the XK Final Fifty limited edition, as it will be equipped with both the Dynamic Pack and Performance Pack that are normally optional for XKR models. The Dynamic Pack widens the car’s performance envelope.Special side sills, a rear diffuser and larger rear wing provide the improved aerodynamics needed for Jaguar to provide a 174 mph limited top track speed capability3, compared to the standard 155 mph limited top speed3 for the standard XKR.

The car’s handling prowess is elevated by adopting chassis features and tuning from the XKR-S model, including a 10 mm reduction in ride height, forged and fully machined front suspension components with dedicated spring and damper settings and an upgraded Adaptive Dynamics suspension system. The Dynamic Pack also adds ‘Vortex’ 20-inch forged wheels.

The Performance Pack contributes Performance seats in Diamond Sewn stitch pattern, Performance Active Exhaust and a Jet Suedecloth steering wheel. The Diamond Sew stitch pattern on the front seat backrests and head restraints and on the rear-seat backrests is rendered in Ivory white stich over Ivory white soft grain leather.

With exhaust valves that open at higher engine speeds, the Performance Active Exhaust systemissues an especially powerful note. In addition, a special acoustic filter at the rear of the engine, tuned to “tenor C,” feeds some intake sound to the cabin under hard acceleration.

XK Design Imbues Modernity with Brand Heritage

Melding classic Jaguar design with lightweight yet highly rigid aluminum construction and near-bespoke finishes and luxury, the XK models exemplify the Jaguar tradition of offering outstanding performance, agility and value in the premium luxury category. The current-generation XK was the first Jaguar car designed under the auspices of Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum, whose signature adorns the Final Fifty limited edition badge on the interior. The long-hood, short-deck theme echoes classic Jaguar sports cars while providing a luxurious 2+2 cockpit and usable luggage space.

The standard Xenon automatic headlights include a power wash function and dynamic leveling. Corner lights improve visibility while cornering. Distinctive LED signature running lights, integrated into the headlights, provide a bold and modern look when the XK is in motion. Active Front Lighting directs the headlight beam to focus in thedirection of steering input1.

The XK Convertible provides a generous 11.1 cubic-foot trunk(with top up), and the Coupe offers 11.7 cubic feet of space, with the added convenience of rear liftback access.

Advanced Aluminum Structures and Engines

Advanced chassis technology, combined with the inherent weight and stiffness benefits of the aluminum structure, allows the Jaguar XK models to shine through corners while providing a very comfortable ride.

The XK models are based on a lightweight body shell architecture constructed from a combination of pressed, cast and extruded aluminum alloy components. These are riveted and bonded together using aerospace industry techniques adapted for automotive use by Jaguar, and the materials and processes produce a light body shell with very high structural integrity. The structure’s strength, rigidity and lightness provide the foundation for the XK models’exciting performance and its occupant safety systems.

510hp Supercharged V8

Powering the XK Final Fifty limited edition, the XKR supercharged version of the AJ-V8 Gen III 5-liter V8 engine produces 510hp and 461 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter sustained from just 2,500 rpm through 5,500 rpm. A twin vortex system (TVS) supercharger andtwin water-cooled intercoolers are efficiently packaged in theengine’s V. The XK Final Fifty limited edition can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds3 and, with its standard Dynamic Pack, can achieve a top track speed of 174 mph3.

The all-aluminum four-cam Jaguar V8 engines combine high power with high efficiency, thanks to such technologies as spray-guided direct fuel injection and dual independent variable cam timing. An electronically controlled, fully adaptive six-speed automatic transmission with the unique cast alloy JaguarDrive Selector™ as well as the Jaguar Sequential Shift™ function operated by steering-wheel paddles. The transmission is designed to be maintenance-free with “filled-for-life” fluid.

Advanced Chassis Dynamics

The standard Adaptive Dynamics active suspension damping system optimizes handling agility and ride comfort1. The system is designed to monitor body movement 100 times per second and wheel position 500 times per second and automatically increases the damping rate as the suspension approaches the limits of its travel. Adaptive Dynamics also controls wheel hop on uneven roads by rapidly varying the damping to move any wheel out of a natural bouncing frequency, benefiting ride comfort, handling and tire grip.

From the JaguarDrive Control™ interface, the driver can select different modes for Adaptive Dynamics. In Dynamic Mode, Adaptive Dynamics increases body control for a sportier feel and also provides more responsive accelerator pedal reaction and quicker gearshift responses. The Dynamic Stability Control system offers four driver-selectable modes: Normal, Winter, Trac DSC and DSC OFF. Winter Mode yields a more damped acceleratorpedal response to provide progressive control in slippery conditions, with different shift settings that delay and soften gearshifts, also for better control on low grip surfaces1.

In the XKR and XK Final Fifty limited edition models, Adaptive Dynamics operates in tandem with Active Differential Control (ADC) tooptimize available traction at each rear wheel, improving acceleration on low-grip surfaces while enhancing cornering ability. The clutch-type electronic differential is operated by an internal electric motor andball-and-ramp mechanism and transmits torque to the wheel with the most traction. This proactive system differs fundamentally from conventional traction control, which uses the brakes reactively to counteract slip. The ADC goes beyond the capability of mechanical limited slip differentials by actively vectoring torque to improve traction and cornering, especially during spirited driving and in inclement weather1.

Jaguar Luxury

As in Jaguar XF and XJ models, the XK models greet the driver with a “handshake” sequence. Enter the XK using the standard keyless entry and keyless start system, then press the pulsing start button, and the cast alloy JaguarDrive Selector™ rises from the console. When the engine is stopped, the JaguarDrive Selector™ lowers automatically.

Standard equipment includes a dual zone automatic climate control system, auto dimming electro-chromatic power-folding exterior mirrors and front and rearPark Assist with touch-screen visual indicators and rear backup camera1. Heated front seats with 16-way power adjustment and memory are standard equipment. The instruments emphasize the car’s performance character with red pointers against white instrument gauge illumination.

The Convertible’s triple-lined fabric roof, which preserves the classic sports car profile, can be powered up or down in less than 18 seconds at speeds up to 20 mph. When lowered, the top storesin the bodywork behind the rear seats under a smooth cover. The raised top provides a level of fit that minimizes windnoise and road noise even at high speeds. The top’s luxurious interior finish is nearly indistinguishable from that of a closed coupe.

Using the 7-inch touch-screen, the driver or front passenger can access functions for the climate control, navigation system, Bluetooth® mobile connectivity and for Jaguar’s Portable Audio Interface, which are all standard2. The Portable Audio Interface provides iPod® connectivity and enables connection of other music storage devices through a USB port to the audio system, with full touch-screen control2.

The standard Bowers & Wilkins® audio system features 525W maximum output, Dolby® ProLogic® II Surround Sound, Kevlar® midrange speakers and aluminum tweeters. Both SiriusXM Satellite Radio™ and HD Radio™ are standard.


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