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New Aluminum Jaguars (XKR) - What do you think?

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  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    Autoweek.com said on August 26th that the 2007 XK weighs 3,671 pounds and will have 300 hp. Jaguar's V-8 first came out in 1996 on the 1997 XK8.

    It goes on sale next spring and has a 31% increase in bodyshell stiffness over the previous generation steel-bodied XK. It uses the new XJ's aluminum chassis.

    It has a more blunt front bumper in order to comply with new European pedestrian safety regulations. Henrik Fisker, Aston Martin's Director of Design from 2001 until December of last year, thinks the new regulations are a WASTE of opportunity.

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    Henrik Fisker interview

    I hope Jaguar enters the new XK in sports car racing.

    New aluminum XK

    check the link for a video

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    more pictures and information

    2007 aluminum XK
  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    Thanks for the picture of the SuperV8 a few posts ago.

    XKSS, you have very accurate and detailed info on Jag. I think many of us here appreciate them. Lifelong Jag owner/mechanic/dealer?
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    No, I just really like Jaguars and have researched pictures, videos, and other stuff about them. I've driven a 2004 XJR and thoroughly enjoyed it, but I drive a 1991 BMW 318is.

    I really appreciate that Jaguar has decided to reduce the weight of their cars (XJ, XK) while making them with more interior and cargo room. Many people complain about cars getting too heavy these days, but I wonder if they have noticed the new Jaguar XJ with its aluminum body and chassis. The new XJ's chassis is high-tech, but it isn't a computer with wheels like so many of today's luxury cars.

    I'll have some more pictures of the 2006 Super V8 Portfolio coming soon.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    Klaus Graf won the 2005 Trans-Am Series Drivers' Championship on Aug 28th at Montreal. He is the first rookie Champion since 1989.

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  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Amen, xkss..... Jag isn't getting the traction they should get out of this innovation either. Lot of ignorance and prejudice out there towards Ford ownership - yet Ford saved the marque, and improved it about 3,000% from where I stand.....
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    Jaguar should show more pictures of the XJ's aluminum chassis in commercials, ads in car magazines, and what not.

    They haven't shown pictures of the new XK's aluminum chassis, but I think they will show them as it gets closer to production.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    The XK will get Europe’s first application of a pop-up hood system designed to meet new pedestrian safety rules.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    The new XK's 4.2 liter 300 hp V-8 has a new intake, exhaust, engine management system, and a broader torque curve.

    Low-pressure areas behind the front wheels help draw air through the side vents.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    But I wish Jaguar had updated the design just a tad, when they overhauled the engineering, so that you could tell it's a new aluminum Jag easily.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    I agree. Ian Callum didn't start the new XJ....Geoff Lawson did and he styled the X300 (95-97 XJ), X308 (98-03 XJ), 217 mph XJ220, the XK8, and some other cars including the new XJ. Callum will have a tough time with the next XJ, but he did style the DB7 which was one of the most gorgeous cars of the 1990s.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Then there's hope for the future. As you say, the DB-7 & DB-9 are to die for.....
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    Autoweek, unfortunately I can't get them to come up in the electronic version. :(

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    can we post pictures of the new XK from autoweek in here?
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    - Pyrotechnic Pedestrian Deployable Bonnet is a world first

    - System operates in less time than it takes to blink

    - Advanced Sensing system can distinguish between different impacts

    - Over 120 man years dedicated to system development

    - Bonnet is raised in around 30 milliseconds using forces up to 50 times the force of gravity

    Jaguar is one of the first manufacturers to meet Phase One (there is a more strict phase coming in 2010) of new European safety legislation using an active deployable bonnet system. The new standards are designed to help mitigate the severity of injuries to pedestrians in the event of a collision with a car.

    The bonnet (hood) weighs 18 kg.

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    You have to wonder what would happen if drivers and pedestians were just more careful and if legislators encouraged car safety instead of dictating it.

    The numbers are seconds.

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  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    - It weighs 3,759 pounds

    The triple-lined, fabric roof - which can be powered up or down in less than 18 seconds - stows fully out of sight beneath an aluminium tonneau cover when retracted. A roll-over protection system comprising two 'hidden' aluminium hoops that deploy in the event of an incident is standard on all XK Convertibles.

    It goes on sale in the Spring of 2006.

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  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    What will they think of next. Very impressive, but I think it is somewhat ridiculous to make carmakers design cars for people who can't stay out of the street. I mean why not take the top 20 places in Europe where car + pedestrian accidents are highest and find out why it happens so often. Hell at the right speed all this system is going to do is throw the person in the air if they car doesn't do it at impact, you won't be surving that.

    As always the convertible XK is better looker to my eye. Gorgeous in those pics. Now about that grille...... :(

    M
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    The current XKR's grille looks better than the current XK8's grille so I would imagine the same thing with the next XKR.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    I would hope so. When you really look at the old and the new its the same grille design, but the placement is different on the new car giving it that Taurus look.

    M
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    I think the complaints about the XK grille are a little backward. It's the Taurus that stole the look from the original E-type, not the XK that got it from the Taurus.

    I'll reserve judgement til I've seen the car.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

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