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2007 Jaguar XK

2007 Jaguar XK
2007 Jaguar XK Specifications
Brakes F/R:ABS, vented disc/vented disc
Tires F-R:n.a.
Driveline:Rear Wheel Drive
Displacement cu in (cc):256 (4196)
Power bhp (kW) at RPM:300(224) / 6000
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:310(420) / 4100
Redline at RPM:n.a.
Length Width Height in:n.a.
Weight lb (kg):3671 (1667)
Acceleration 0-62 mph s:5.9
Top Speed mph (km/h):155 (250) - electronically limited
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km):18/26 (n.a.)
Base Price: 2007 Jaguar XK - $74,835 (last update: 2/22/2007)

Jaguar Unveils All-New XK Sports Car

The launch of the all-new Jaguar XK marks an exciting new era for Jaguar in terms of both design and engineering, and reinforces the marque's reputation for building ground-breaking cars that are as rewarding to drive as they are gorgeous to look at.

The Jaguar XK generation that ceased production in June 2005 was Jaguar's fastest-selling sports model of all time. The challenge for the team that designed and engineered the 2007 Jaguar XK was to produce a model that bettered that success story. The new XK has been engineered above and beyond the high expectations that customers rightly have for a Jaguar sports car, a fact made possible because everything from its advanced aluminum chassis to its sophisticated transmission and exquisite interior has been designed in pursuit of a luxurious, advanced and stunning new Jaguar.

The all-new Jaguar XK will be launched in Spring 2006 and will allow Jaguar to emerge as a world leader in Lightweight Vehicle Technology while retaining its reputation for beautifully designed and crafted cars.

The New Jaguar XK Visibly Sportier

The all-new Jaguar XK is visibly more assertive and sportier than the model it replaces, but in true Jaguar tradition it is also elegant, understated and mature. In hard-top guise it has classic, ground-hugging Coupe proportions, with long hood, steeply raked windshield and rear window, arch-filling wheels, and minimal overhangs. The front-wing power vents are a new Jaguar styling signature recently seen on the special edition XJ Super V8 Portfolio; the distinctive oval grille opening, prominent hood power-bulge and practicality-enhancing rear Liftback all echo the classic E-type, while details like the sweeping front and rear light shapes and powerful stance catapult Jaguar sports car design firmly into the 21st century.

Inside the new Jaguar XK, traditional craftsmanship and contemporary luxury materials, like finely stitched leather, contrast with a choice of more high-tech trim surfaces including metallic finishes. The layout is driver-focused and sporty, with excellent ergonomics and body-hugging seats, set low against the high waistline to give a strong 'cockpit' feel. With the new XK's longer wheelbase, wider tracks and taller roofline, the 2+2 layout has significantly more interior space for front seat occupants than the XK that it replaces.

Also like the XK it replaces, the all-new Jaguar XK will be available in both two-door Coupe and Convertible forms, each model in its own right developed in parallel under one umbrella program.

Naturally Aspirated 4.2-liter V8 Engine

A key element in the character of a sports car is its engine. The new Jaguar XK will be launched with a powerful four-cam naturally aspirated 4.2-liter AJ-V8 powerplant. This compact, lightweight engine is based on that fitted to the latest generation XJ saloon and has undergone significant development compared with the engine used in the previous XK, including new fuel-injection technology. The latest 4.2-liter engine satisfies stringent US ULEV II emissions regulations.

The naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 engine produces 300 bhp and develops maximum torque of 303 lb-ft at 4,100 rpm. Again, the spread of torque is an important ingredient in the XK's effortlessly sporty character, and this engine delivers more than 85 percent of torque all the way from 2,000 to 6,000 rpm. Yet it still offers fine fuel economy and low emissions figures, with a drop in CO 2 emissions of five percent.

The naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 XK Coupe has an electronically limited maximum speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) and a 0-60 mph time of 5.9 seconds, plus instant throttle response and broad flexibility for punchy performance across the range. With the new XK's weight savings, the new naturally aspirated 4.2's standing quarter-mile time of 14.4 seconds is less than half a second off the pace of the previous supercharged 4.2 XKR.

Six-Speed Epicyclic Automatic Transmission

The XK uses the latest version of Jaguar's class-leading six-speed epicyclic automatic transmission, which is widely regarded as one of the best automatic transmissions in the premium, sports car market. It features Bosch Mechatronic shift - an electro-hydraulic shift mechanism whose adaptive shift strategy responds to both road conditions and driving style, to give the smoothest shifts with optimum performance.

The Jaguar XK's transmission introduces a new generation of automatic gearshift for Jaguar, replacing the familiar 'J' gate with the Jaguar Sequential Shift system with Park, Reverse, Neutral, Drive and Sport modes. The fully automatic Drive mode adapts to individual driving styles, while a Sport Auto mode can also be selected. This offers an even more responsive fully automatic shift strategy.

For the first time in a Jaguar, drivers will be able to use steering wheel-mounted paddles to change gears. In either Drive or Sport modes instant access to manual operation is achieved via the shift paddles.

The epicyclic geartrain utilises clutch-to-clutch synchronous shifting to ensure that a controlled amount of torque is always being transferred during power on upshifts. This makes the shift much smoother than in the automated manual gearboxes adopted by some of the new Jaguar XK's competitors, where the use of an automated clutch completely interrupts the flow of torque during shifts.

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