And just like that, Jaguar planted a flag on Planet Comeback. With a digital press-materials blitz 29 photos strong, Jag introduced the world to its new XK — a near-exact facsimile of its generically named Advanced Lightweight Coupe prototype. Adding to what we found out yesterday, the new XK's got more interior space and its aluminum monocoque body structure makes its lighter and 31 percent stiffer over the previous XK. Nope, that's not quite all.
Its 4.2-liter V8 produces 300hp, reportedly bringing it from zero to 60 in 5.9 seconds (a half-second off the previous, supercharged model XK), and it gets a new sequential-shift six-speed transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddles. Like most of its European luxury peers, an e-nanny holds speed to 155mph. Between the new Jag's slimming down and juicing up, its power-to-weight ratio has been improved by 10 percent over that of its predecessor, according to the company.
The new XK will go on sale early next year, along with a convertible model — details on which will be announced later in 2005.
(Check out Dubspeed's gallery of all 29 press photos)
Ciao, Kittycat: Magazine Publishes Official Photos of New Jaguar XK [internal]