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

xkssxkss Posts: 722
edited March 20 in Jaguar
I hope Jaguar backs the next XK in racing when they become more profitable with the new aluminum Jaguars. Perhaps the FIA and the American Le Mans Series would be a good start. Sports car racing rules!

Here is the 650 hp Jaguar V-8 made by Rocketsports Racing for the Trans-Am Series. It has 4.5 liters, 425 lb-ft of torque, and a 9,000 rpm redline. It is based on the 4.2 liter V-8.

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  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    Jaguar needs to get rid of wood steering wheels.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    Perhaps I should post the article about Jaguar and aluminum like this...

    More aluminum in Jaguar's future

    Here is Mark White who is the senior body structures manager for Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

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  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    The above article was written before Jaguar confirmed the X150, the codename for the next XK.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    I wish Jaguar would drop the X-Type and build the F-Type from a few years ago. Give it an aluminum chassis, a V-8 engine, a manual transmision, and call it the "XK 320."

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    BUILD IT!
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    I wish Jaguar would also make it as a coupe.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
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    Does anyone else want to join in this thread?
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    The next Jaguar XK will have to comply with new European pedestrian safety regulations. The next XK will use the new XJ's aluminum chassis

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    Notice the yellow sign.

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    I'm not too sure about that circular thing in the taillights, but I like how the tail tapers off like the current XK. The next XK will have a hatch like the Advanced Lightweight Coupe that was shown at the Detroit auto show in January.

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  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    The new XJ uses a ZF 6 speed automatic transmission

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    aluminum suspension and brakes (Brembos for the XJR and Super V8)

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    XJ's air suspension (standard)

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    behind the XJR

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    more of the XJ

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  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Of course thats the new XK, you can see the small changes that have been made from the Lighweight Concept coupe. Looks good to me.

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  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    Is merc1 the only person besides me to see this thread?
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,897
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  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    The new XJ is 26 % bigger than the previous car, but it keeps the weight down. I wonder how much the next XK, which will have a longer wheelbase and more passenger and cargo room than the current XK, will weigh.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    I like how the tail tapers off like the current XK. It will use the new XJ's aluminum chassis and will have to comply with new European pedestrian safety regulations. The next XK will have a grille inspired by the 1961 Jaguar E-Type.

    I don't like the circular thing in the taillights, but the whole thing looks great.

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  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    One of those quotes is wrong.

    It should be...

    "The complete body with PAINT weighs 650 pounds compared with an estimated 1,058 pounds for the same car in steel, 952 pounds for a Mercedes-Benz S-class, and 955 pounds for a 7-series BMW."

    more stuff

    "Thanks to advances in planetary gearset design, the ZF six-speed automatic gearbox is 24 pounds lighter, 2.0 inches shorter, and has 30 percent fewer parts than the five-speed unit in the outgoing XJ8."

    for the XJR and Super V8...

    "Front suspension knuckles are also shaped differently from the standard model to provide adequate clearance for significantly larger brake rotors and calipers."

    - from The Inside Guide to the all-new aluminum Jaguar XJ by Automobile Magazine
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    This may be the next aluminum Jaguar XK...

    The next aluminum XK?
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    I think the front end of the 2003 Jaguar RD-6 would look nice on the next aluminum S-Type.

    Here is a link to the 2003 Jaguar RD-6

    2003 Jaguar RD-6
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    (It mentions a 2010 XK but this article was written before Jaguar announced the X150, the code name for the next XK).

    Jaguar and aluminum
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    Jaguar uses magnesium for a cross-car beam that supports the dashboard and instrument panel. It is used with aluminum to create a lightweight steering column.

    The new XJ's wheels are pushed out to the corner's, like the 1968 XJ. The previous XJ had a lot of front and rear overhang.

    The new XJ's outer headlights are larger than the inner headlights, like the 1968 XJ. The previous XJ's headlights were the same size.

    The new XJ has a curve in its rear door, like Jaguars of the 50s and 60s. The previous XJ did not have a curve in its rear doors.

    The new XJ may not look totally different from the previous XJ, but the Porsche 911's styling hasn't changed much over the years.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    Here is another article about Jaguar and aluminum.

    Aluminum Jaguar XJ repair
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Enjoyed reading. I have several clients who drive the XJ. Most of them love their Jags. A few of them don't like their new XJs quite as much as their old ones, admitting they are a whole different cat, but I really love the improvements, and I like how the new one handles, drives and feels. My only concern was that one thing about the pillar breaks. So keep informing please, I'll keep watching and reading..... I'm still playing poker with my client who wants to sell me his 04 that he doesn' t like. I have offered him $40,000, and he's considering it.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    that one XJ owner still hasn't responded or said if his XJ was damaged before he took delivery of it.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    However, I wonder if a dealer would disclose damage prior to delivery. Nevertheless, it seems like an isolated case.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    I think the new aluminum Jaguar XK will be shown this September at the Frankfurt auto show.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    Jaguar's press release said that the 2006 XJ will have "uprated brakes." It didn't say which models or how "uprated" they are.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    As I said earlier, the next XK will need a more blunt front bumper to comply with new European pedestrian safety regulations.

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  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    In typical Jaguar style the car looks good, but after seeing more pics I don't like the front grille opening.

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  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    It is a concept car.

    ...just to clear any potential confusion.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    Jaguar should race the next XK or support a private entry in sports car racing to liven things up.
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