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Jaguar XK Coupe

Broadcast dates : 30th October 2005
5th November 2005

Jaguar’s new XK Coupe is being hailed as a major step forward for the British Sports Car company.

The new car has leaner, meaner appearance than the previous-generation XK.

The stylists have done an excellent job towards the rear wheel arches, where previously the XK looked as if it needed a trip to weight watchers.

And talking of weight, all-new aluminum construction of the XK sees it arrive with an overall weight of under 1 600 kg.

Not only is the new XK lighter, but it is said to boast a 31 per cent increase in torsional rigidity, which the previous car seriously needed.

It seems as if Jaguar is serious about creating a proper sports car, as this car has a much more focused approach to the art of driving fast.

The new Jag is set to go on sale in Europe, America and the UK early next year and with right-hand-drive models being built from production start-up, they should be available here soon.
Initially the car will be offered with the 224 kiloWatt naturally-aspirated V8 engine. But a 10 per cent increase in power-to-weight ratio means even this un-supercharged version accelerates to 100 km/h in under six seconds.

Despite its sleeker exterior lines, the cabin boasts more space than the previous XK.

The new car has a longer wheelbase and there is more head, leg and shoulder room in the new car.

The cabin is a blend of traditional craftsmanship and hi-tech, with metallic trim blending harmoniously with trad-leather.

The minimalist instrument cluster houses a pair of round dials either side of an advanced high-resolution colour display.

This is based on thin-film transistor technology. This display is split into several zones showing vital information such as gear selection, cruise control information, low tyre pressure warnings and satellite navigation instructions.

A centrally mounted 7-inch touch-screen allows easy selection of climate, audio, navigation and telephone settings. A nice touch.

On the road the handling is said to be vastly superior to the previous XK, and that this car is in essence, a fitting successor to the immortal XKE, or E-Type Jaguar, that symbolized the swinging sixties.

This one tops out at 250 km/h, electronically limited. But the supercharged version is definitely on the way with 298 kiloWatts, And a convertible version is already under development.

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