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Jaguar XK

Jaguar XK (United Kingdom, 2006-present)

Jaguar > XK > Gen.2 [X150]
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History and Development

In 2006 Jaguar launched the second XK series at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new grand-touring car is also known by its project code name X150 and is currently being produced at Jaguar’s plant in Birmingham, England. One year following the introduction of the coupe model, Jaguar presented the 2nd series convertible XK at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, in Detroit, United States.



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Engine and Transmission

The X150 series XK was originally launched with a 4.2-liter petrol engine that produces up to 300 hp. A supercharged version of the same engine was added to the range in October 2006, which allows for a 420 hp output. A new 3.5 L V8 unit with 258 hp joined the available engine options for 2008.   All XK series engines are front mounted, petrol fuelled and work with a rear-wheel drive system. Despite being a very powerful grand tourer, the XK’s top speed is electronically limited at 155 mi/h (250 km/h). The supercharged XK can also accelerate from 0 to 60 mi/h in 4.9 seconds. All versions of the X150 series Jaguar XK get a 6-speed automatic transmission.



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Chassis

All-aluminium riveted and bonded monocoque chassis.   Platform     Suspension All-round independent suspension with two-stage adaptive damping.   Steering Speed sensitive servotronic steering.   Brakes Front vented discs and rear solid discs with ABS.



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Body and Design

The X150 series Jaguar XK’s body styling was developed by designer Ian Callum, who intentionally fashioned a grille that largely resembles the one on the Jaguar E-Type model of 1961. Coupe and convertible bodyshell types are available as Jaguar XK cars. Although the common rule is to base the convertibles’ styling on the range’s coupes, this XK series is the exception for it is the coupe model that is based on the convertible bodywork.



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Trivia

The X150 series Jaguar XK was given the prestigious Engineering and Techonology Award at London’s Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards.   In 2006 the XK was also elected both “GT of the Year” and “Car of the Year by the international motor magazine Top Gear.



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