Jaguar’s coupe, the XK has a higher luxury specification for 2012 and sees the introduction of a new range topping XKR-S with formidable performance for a Grand Tourer coupe and convertible.
Coupled with a decrease in price the XK, now comes in Portfolio specification with new luxury soft grain leather upholstery, heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, a suede headlining and an 8 speaker Bowers and Wilkins 525 watts sound system as new standard features over the previous model.
The latest XK, in all its derivations, is easily recognisable with its thinner Xenon headlights and LED running lights and turn signals. There is a larger grille and new front bumper.
And each model is distinguishable from its siblings. The chrome mesh grille on the XK is replaced by matt black detailing on the XKR, while the XKR-S gets a different front bumper to provide greater aerodynamic down force commensurate with its high speed ability.
The side power vents are now more horizontal with a mesh insert. At the rear the boot lid has a slimmer chrome finisher with an embedded Jaguar “leaper”.
There are five new paints in the 17 colour range and the choice of 11 different alloy wheels from 19 to 20 inches in diameter.
The Portfolio coupe and convertible models are available for $175,000 and $190,000 respectively and apart from the new features detailed above have adaptive dynamic suspension, sequential shift with steering column paddles of the six speed automatic transmission behind the 283 kWs five litre V8.
There are front and rear parking aids, keyless entry and start, 7 inch touch screen, satellite navigation and ipod connectivity.
The XKR comes with a supercharged version of the V8 motor producing 375 kWs and 625 Nm of torque. Added features include an active differential, ‘R’ performance brakes, quad tail pipes and the ‘R’ exterior.
It will sell for $195,000 and $210,000 for coupe and convertible respectively.
The range topping XKR-S has been awarded ‘2011 Sports Car of the Year’ by the respected German motoring magazine, Auto Bild Sportscars, following a poll of more than 70,000 of its readers.
Its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine produces 412 kWs and 680Nm, enabling it to sprint to 100 km/h in just 4.4-seconds before going on to reach an electronically limited top speed of 300km/h. To ensure minimal lift and maximum stability at such high speeds the XKR-S has a bespoke aerodynamic pack, which includes a rear carbon fibre wing and front splitter.
It epitomises the attributes key to all Jaguar’s GT cars: explosive power, inspiring handling, relaxed comfort and discrete luxury.
The XKR-S Convertible was also recently revealed at the Los Angeles Auto show. It boasts the same performance credentials as the Coupe, including suspension and electronics changes designed to increase both agility and driver reward.
It has its own unique active exhaust system to produce a distinctively different symphony from the other XK models. Like all XKs, the XKR-S is based on an aluminium body which provides weight saving while still creating the stiffest platform in its class to provide Jaguar’s superb compromise between refinement, comfort and handling.
The XKR-S coupe and convertible are available to specific order at $260,000 and $275,000 respectively.
“Like the XK, Jaguar’s luxury sedan, the XJ also provides greater value for New Zealand customers in 2012.” says Paul Ricketts, Brand Manager for Jaguar New Zealand. The XJ range starts at $155,000 for the heavily specified 600Nm, three litre twin turbo diesel V6 model. Four other models have a choice of naturally aspirated or supercharged five litre V8s and six speed automatic power trains.
All have weight saving all aluminium body shells for better economy, superior agility and sparkling performance befitting Jaguar’s beautiful, fast cars persona.
A new rear seat comfort package is available with electrically controlled recline, lumbar and massage functions.
The naturally aspirated five litre XJ V8 with 283 kWs and 515 Nm of torque in Premium Luxury and Portfolio models starts from $180,000, while the supercharged Portfolio (346 kWs) is $240,000 and the top specification Supersport (375 kWs) is $285,000.
|XK Portfolio Coupe||$175,000|
|XK Portfolio Convertible||$190,000|
|3.0D Premium Luxury||$155,000||$162,500|
|5.0 V8 Premium Luxury||$180,000||$187,500|
|5.0 V8 Portfolio||$200,000|
|5.0 V8 Supercharged Portfolio||$240,000|
|5.0 V8 Supersport||$285,000||$300,000|