Jaguar XK (X150)
The Jaguar XK was unveiled in 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, and replaced the old XK8-generation with an all-new platform and mechanical package. Jaguar’s chief designer Ian Callum claimed that the inspiration for the shape of the new XK came from his admiration for British actress Kate Winslet’s curves, although there was much that harked back to the more classic Jaguars, notably, its grille, which was also inspired by the E-type.
The standard XK was supplanted by the XKR and eventually the XKR-S, introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012, which was capable of more than 180mph. The XK remained in production until 2014, when it was supplanted (and not replaced) by the smaller two-seat F-Type sports car.
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Taking Jaguar forward into the 21st century inevitably meant weaning it off its love affair with the straight-six, and taking the company in a whole new V8-powered direction. The AJ-V8 engine was the result of this radical thinking. Ralph Hosier tells the story of its birth… A change in direction… There was a time when ‘Jaguar’ […]
David Ross Jaguar has introduced two new special edition XK models. The XK Signature (luxury) and XK Dynamic R (performance) are priced at £54,950 and £69,950 respectively with the first cars arriving in March. Both are available in coupe and convertible form. The XK Dynamic R (above) has a 5.0-litre supercharged engine with 503bhp and […]
Keith Adams Speaking to Jaguar engineers, one thing that they’re particularly proud of is just how little separates the XKR-S Coupe and the Convertible dynamically. They’ll tell you that it does what it needs to at the Nurburgring Nordschliefe, and can complete the lap in a time that starts with a ‘seven’. So, seriously capable. […]
Keith Adams Jaguar’s recent trip to Finland with a selection of its fastest models produced some amazing video. Here’s an excellent piece of footage of the car doing its best to spin – and its driver managing to keep things in check. We’ll be driving the 2012 XKR-S Convertible next week – and will let […]
Keith Adams We love the Jaguar XKR-S at AROnline. It’s a British car that we can all be very proud of, both in terms of straight line performance (it’ll do 190mph derestricted) and handling – and will keep most supercars in sight no matter how tough the going gets. Obviously, it’s spent rather a lot […]
Keith Adams We’ve already driven the Jaguar XKR-S, and came away from the experience wondering who’d really want to buy an Aston Martin, such was its monstrous all-round ability. It’s a predictable move to add a convertible version to the range, as Jaguar continues to build cars people actually want – and reap profit and […]
Keith Adams There’s no doubt about it – Jaguar is on form right now. The marque has a three-car range that it can truly be proud of, is generating record profits and looks set for a huge production increase with the arrival of the XF 2.2D later this year so it’s on the back of this burgeoning […]
The new Jaguar XKR-S, unveiled recently at the Geneva Motor Show, is set to make its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Press Day on 17 March. The Press Day marks the start of a partnership with Goodwood, which will see Jaguar celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the E-type by occupying the ‘central feature’ […]
Keith Adams The Jaguar XKR-S, with its 542bhp, promises to be an amazing performance car and very much in the mould of a post-modern leaping cat. Take a look at some of the details on this Geneva Show video.
Matthew Hayward Set for launch at the Geneva Motor Show on the 1st March, 2011 – almost exactly 50 years since the iconic E-type was first shown – Jaguar will launch the latest addition to its XK line-up, the XKR-S. With a 0-100mph time of 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 186mph, this is the […]