2007 XK series

08-26-2005, 02:58 PM


Jaguar D-Type
08-26-2005, 05:55 PM
The 2007 Jaguar XK's grille is inspired by the 1961 Jaguar E-Type.


Check this link for the new aluminum Jaguar XK

New aluminum Jaguar XK (http://seriouswheels.com/top-2007-Jaguar-XK.htm)

I hope someone enters this new XK in sports car racing. X150 is the code name for the new XK.

Thanks to the new vehicle's all-aluminum construction, Jaguar claims an 31% increase in bodyshell stiffness over the previous generation steel-bodied XK. It is also lighter than its predecessor at 3671 lbs.

The new aluminum XK has a more blunt front bumper in order to comply with new european pedestrian safety regulations.

Here is an excerpt from a motorsportscenter.com interview with Henrik Fisker, Aston Martin's Director of Design from 2001 until December of last year.

MotorSportsCenter: Does the V8 Vantage adhere to the new European safety law regarding pedestrians?

Henrik Fisker: The Vantage actually comes out before that law takes effect. Just to give a comment on that - and this is just purely my opinion, not reflecting on Ford Motor Company - but there is a problem today, in my opinion, where you have too many government officials that don't understand the car industry but are making up laws, with good intent, but they end up really lingering the progress of even safety. You are only looking at one aspect; when you force only one aspect on a car, like pedestrian safety, you force the company to spend all their time and resources on that aspect, where if you look at it in a more holistic way - like, for instance, what Volvo has done for years; they have always had an eye on safety. Where does it make the most sense to improve safety? Volvo is the one that came out with a lot of [safety improvements] first, not from government regulations at all. That would be, for me, the better way to do it.

This pedestrian safety restriction, I think, is a waste of opportunity. And it's going to cost a lot of money, and it is money that will be paid for, in the end, by the consumers.

I think there are more innovative ways to deal with [safety]. Maybe some of that will come out; there will be some adjustment - that's my prediction. Unfortunately, we will spend a lot of money in the next few years, but then somebody will realize that maybe that was not the bet ideas, and then there will be some new ideas coming up.

Jaguar D-Type
08-26-2005, 10:58 PM
From top to bottom

D-Type, XJ13, E-Type, 2005 XK8, and 2007 XK






Jaguar D-Type
08-27-2005, 02:23 AM
check the link for a video

XK video (http://newxk.keycast.com/keycast/jaguar/x150/main.asp?marketid=1&langid=8&d=1125124347250)

08-30-2005, 12:30 AM
I'm still having trouble with the front of this car.. Is it just me or does the shape of the air intake grill look a bit too much like a Ford Taurus? I wonder if this was an Ian Callum design or if he was strong armed by Ford executives to give the car a glimpse of corporate identity. It’s a subtle thing but it looks like it was deliberate to me.
Anyway, I've always wanted a car with a push button starter so that's reason enough to own one..

Jaguar D-Type
08-30-2005, 09:31 PM
The new XK has to comply with new European pedestrian safety regulations.

In short, politicians and others think that auto makers should compensate for poor drivers and pedestrians. Europe has a lot of pedestrian deaths and injuries in car accidents relative to the U.S.

check these links

link one (http://www.euractiv.com/Article?tcmuri=tcm:29-117530-16&type=LinksDossier)

link two (http://www.safetyresearch.net/Library/SRS037.pdf)

link three (http://www.walk.com.au/pedestriancouncil/Page.asp?PageID=607)

Jaguar D-Type
08-30-2005, 09:36 PM
The new XK will spread costs due to the fact that it shares the new XJ's aluminum chassis.

Jaguar D-Type
08-31-2005, 02:56 AM
I wouldn't be suprised if the new XK looks better in person. The new XKR will have a mesh grille like the current one, but more blunt in order to comply with the new regulations.

Jaguar D-Type
09-07-2005, 02:02 AM
The new XK will get Europe's first application of a pop-up hood system designed to meet new pedestrian safety rules.

Jaguar D-Type
09-08-2005, 07:02 PM
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.

Jaguar D-Type
09-12-2005, 03:52 AM
The following information is from autoweek.com:

In development testing on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife, Mike Cross, Jaguar's Chief Engineer of vehicle dynamics, has already turned laps with the naturally aspirated car within four seconds of the eight-minute, 36-second lap times posted by the supercharged XKR, which makes nearly 100 hp more.

Jaguar D-Type
09-13-2005, 03:26 AM
The new aluminum XK could be a great race car with the right team and drivers.

Jaguar D-Type
09-13-2005, 08:10 PM
Several different wheels are available for the current XK8 and XKR (like BBS wheels) so I would imagine several different wheels will be available for the new aluminum XK and XKR.








Jaguar D-Type
09-14-2005, 07:27 PM



Jaguar D-Type
09-16-2005, 10:34 PM
press release on the new aluminum XK

- 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

Within the 'blink of an eye' In the unfortunate event of a pedestrian impact, the deployable bonnet on the new XK automatically 'pops' up a few inches, to create a cushioning effect between the engine and the bonnet. This helps to isolate the pedestrian from hard points in the engine compartment - and takes place in less than a tenth of the time it takes to blink an eye.

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.

Legislation in the European market requires manufacturers to commit to a two-phase introduction of a range of active and passive safety improvements on all new cars to improve the protection of pedestrians in case of accident.

"The Jaguar design team embraced the idea of using a deployable bonnet when it was first considered during early concept discussions on the new XK. This clever feature saves between 50 and 65mm in height off the bonnet surface and a similar amount off the roofline, allowing the design team to maintain a very low, sleek Jaguar sports car profile on the new XK." said Ian Callum, Jaguar Cars Design Director.

The Pyrotechnic Pedestrian Deployable Bonnet provides an innovative solution to these legislative requirements whilst ensuring that the sleek lines that customers expect from Jaguar sports cars can be retained. The active system fitted to the all-new XK is complemented by a passive bumper system, the design of which helps to mitigate leg injury through the use of crushable foam and plastic covering. An advanced sensing system is mounted in the front bumper to help discriminate between a pedestrian collision and any other possible front-end collisions. The speed of the sensing time in the system is around one tenth of the time it takes to blink an eye.

The complex system has been extensively researched across wide-ranging scenarios, using 120 man-years and thousands of computer simulations, as well as tested in practice at Jaguar’s Engineering Centre at Whitley in Coventry, England. While all pedestrian impact research has been carried out using virtual tools, analysis of previous 'real world' incidents has played an important part in the development process.

One of the impressive points about the new XK's pyrotechnic deployable bonnet system is that it can lift the bonnet (which weighs 18kg) in around 30 milliseconds, which requires an acceleration rate of about 50 times the force of gravity (50g).

Physical research carried out by the Jaguar development team has included investigation of various impacts including inanimate objects such as motorway cones. This is a vital part of the process to allow the system to differentiate a person from other impacts that can be experienced in day-to-day driving.

The pyrotechnic pedestrian deployable bonnet system normally operates at vehicle speeds where it provides the most benefit and is automatically disabled outside of this speed range. The system is completely separate from any other crash protection system on the vehicle, including airbags.




Jaguar D-Type
09-16-2005, 10:36 PM
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.


Jaguar D-Type
09-18-2005, 02:04 PM
Designed in parallel with the Coupe, the new XK Convertible uses the same advanced aluminium body structure technology to achieve excellent rigidity while minimizing weight. At just 3,759 pounds, the new Convertible is one of the lightest car in its competitive set.

A 300 hp, 4.2-litre V8 engine and Jaguar Sequential Shift steering-wheel-mounted gearchange controls ensure rapid performance of 0-60mph in just 6.0 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

The luxurious 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.

The XK Convertible will be available from spring 2006. Full details of the car and pricing will be announced later this year.




Jaguar D-Type
10-04-2005, 08:35 PM






Jaguar D-Type
10-16-2005, 08:54 PM
The new Jaguar XK convertible weighs over 500 pounds less than the 2006 BMW 650Ci convertible.

The new XK Convertible's chassis is 48 % more rigid than the current XK8's chassis.

Jaguar D-Type
10-28-2005, 05:28 PM
The following information is from a press release dated 10-5-2005:

Lightweight Vehicle Technology

- Chassis consists of riveted and bonded aluminium

- All-aluminium construction gives best-in-class torsional rigidity for Coupe and Convertible

- Lightweight body structure means better performance, handling, safety, and economy

- Volume production of aluminium monocoque body structure unique to Jaguar in the automotive industry

Key to the all-new XK’s character is Jaguar’s industry-leading bonded and riveted aluminium monocoque body structure, introduced with the latest XJ saloons. The aluminium body incorporates the latest thinking in epoxy bonding and riveting techniques to produce a chassis that is very safe and very light. In fact the new XK’s aluminium chassis is significantly lighter and stiffer in both Coupe and Convertible form than the steel model it replaces. The new Coupe chassis is over 30 percent stiffer than the previous XK, while the Convertible is an impressive 50 percent stiffer.

As a consequence the new XK accelerates faster, uses less fuel and produces lower emissions than the model it replaces, while offering high levels of safety, reduced noise and vibration intrusion, and improved ride and handling characteristics thanks to improved suspension dynamics.

Jaguar’s Lightweight Vehicle Technology is unique in the industry as a complete aluminium monocoque body structure as distinct from an aluminium spaceframe with separate aluminium panels. Developed from aircraft industry methods, where strength is critical, Jaguar’s manufacturing process produces a massively strong but very light structure. The new XK takes the concept a step further with extended use of lightweight aluminium castings and extrusions as well as the pressed aluminium panels. Its strength and light weight come from the way the shell is constructed, using new jointing technologies developed by Jaguar and its suppliers.

There is only a single welded joint in the new XK Coupe body, the one ‘cosmetic’ joint on the roof. That also has an environmental benefit in that the body construction needs no high electrical current, produces no welding sparks or fumes, and needs no water for cooling. All the other joints in the new XK shell are formed using Jaguar’s unique combination of riveting and bonding. Most joints are produced using self-piercing rivets applied by hydraulic pressure against a fixed tool. Where access to only one side of the joint is possible, as in some of the new extruded box sections, a new riveting process has been developed; and where particularly high stiffness is required in a joint, a combination of riveting and bonding is used – with the adhesive bond in effect creating a continuous joint which is stronger than a similar, riveted-only joint. All visible exterior panels are bonded to the underlying structure, and a new automated seam-sealing process seals all relevant areas of the shell before painting, to ensure that no gaps are missed.

In the new XK, a secondary front bulkhead of aluminium and composite materials helps reduce noise transmission from the engine compartment and provides a dry area under the bonnet for accommodating electrical components. The new structure also has benefits in refinement; castings used for the mounting points for the engine, transmission and suspension make those points significantly stiffer, further reducing transmitted noise and helping to improve suspension dynamics. In terms of long-term strength, Jaguar’s all-aluminium shell has durability approaching twice that of a traditional spot-welded steel body.

Another major advantage of this Lightweight Vehicle Technology is that all the necessary stiffness is in the structure of the body shell, with very large rectangular-section side sills. So the Convertible, even without a roof, does not need the traditional additional stiffening panels seen on many other convertibles - meaning no added weight and no penalty in stiffness or refinement. The aluminium monocoque construction is the biggest contributor to the low overall vehicle weight of the new XK, and the Coupe shell is over 30 percent stiffer than the previous model, while the Convertible boasts an impressive 50 percent improvement in torsional rigidity.

That lightweight body significantly also offers a 10 percent improvement in power to weight ratio. The all-new XK is up to 90 percent stiffer and 180kg lighter than key rivals, with a kerb weight of just 1595kg. In Convertible form the BIW weight, at just 287kg is 19 percent lighter than the previous XK Convertible.

“The lightweight vehicle architecture really helps the all-new XK to handle, steer and brake better than ever,” says Al Kammerer, Jaguar’s product development director. “Imagine how much easier it is to turn a lightweight object travelling at speed compared to a heavy one. The aluminium chassis makes the XK so much more controllable in corners and a whole lot of fun to drive!”

Safety is another major benefit of this very strong construction method. That is partly inherent in aluminium as a material, which absorbs significantly more energy per kilogramme of material weight than steel when it is deformed. But the strength advantage doesn’t only apply to high-speed impacts, it also means lower-speed accident repair costs are kept to a minimum. The reduction in the number of joints in the all-new XK further increases strength, and the front of the body is protected by easily replaced ‘crush cans’ that absorb the energy in impacts up to 15kph.

The all-new XK’s all-aluminium doors are each over 6kg lighter than an equivalent steel door and their mountings are significantly stiffer, which allows smaller gaps. Mounting the window glass rails directly to the aluminium castings at the front and rear of the door gives better sealing from the frameless layout, and an impressively solid sound and feel when closed.

The all-aluminium Liftback rear door is strong, light and simple to operate. Once it has been lifted manually through the first 20 per cent of its opening arc, gas struts lift it the rest of the way.

With lower weight and higher strength, Lightweight Vehicle Technology is the starting point for improved performance, safety, refinement, economy, emissions performance and driving dynamics in the new XK.

Jaguar AJ-V8

The latest AJ-V8 engine was developed to satisfy Euro 4 emissions requirements. Compared to the Euro 3 requirements, that meant a 50 percent reduction in hydrocarbons (HC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and a 60 percent reduction in carbon monoxide (CO) emissions. The new engine also satisfies more stringent American regulations requiring a 50 percent reduction in HC emissions. It features Exhaust Gas Recirculation and the latest generation of catalyst cores with thinner coatings of higher density catalysing material – which reduces exhaust gas restriction and is more efficient.

The major difference between this engine and the previous generation 4.2 litre XK engine is in the fuel injection technology. This latest V8 now uses multi-hole injectors, which improve the fuel spray pattern in the combustion chambers, improving both power and fuel efficiency.

Optimum throttle response (a crucial ingredient in confirming the new XK’s sports car character) is delivered by full ‘drive-by-wire’ electronic throttle control, with no mechanical connection between the accelerator pedal and the throttle body. The response is based on the torque demand for every instantaneous driving situation. That is calculated by the electronic engine management control, based on parameters including the driver’s accelerator input, and other vehicle factors such as road speed, engine speed and gear selection. The electronic controls then call up the required torque at any instant by adjusting throttle position, variable cam phasing, fuel flow and exhaust gas recirculation settings.

Equally important for its new role in Jaguar’s sportiest cars, the 4.2 litre engine has been engineered to give the sound expected from a real sports car engine – especially under acceleration – but without being undesirably noisy. The new XK’s Semi-Active Exhaust system varies the flow of exhaust gases through the main, large silencer box depending on the pressure in the system, and features acoustically tuned tailpipes that eliminate low speed boom. There is also an underfloor resonator with two chambers (one for each cylinder bank) which balances the sound from the two banks. By tuning the sounds from the air-induction system and the exhaust system, Jaguar concentrated on both the solid, powerful low-frequency sounds and more technically ‘sophisticated’ higher frequency sounds, to give a feeling of power and performance.

More Interior Room

There is 59mm more seat-track travel, 54mm more front leg room, up to 31mm more front head room and 32mm more shoulder room [than the previous XK].

There are more interior stowage spaces, and the combination of more interior space plus longer seat travel effectively increases rear seat space and makes rear seat access through the long doors easier.

Jaguar D-Type
11-04-2005, 05:10 PM











Jaguar D-Type
11-25-2005, 04:47 PM
Jaguar Chooses Novelis as Aluminum Supplier for New XK

October 14, 2005 - Novelis Inc. announced today that it has been selected by Jaguar Cars Limited as the sole supplier of aluminum sheet for the new Jaguar XK sports car to be launched in early 2006.

The all-new XK features an advanced aluminum body structure constructed with the aid of technology from Novelis.

Each Jaguar XK will contain some 330 lbs (150 kg) of Novelis aluminum sheet, helping to deliver a vehicle with excellent stiffness and rigidity while minimizing weight. The new XK provides significant improvements in performance, dynamics, safety and fuel economy. The power-to-weight ratio of the new car is superior to its predecessor despite the addition of advanced electronics and other luxury features.

The XK program continues the close cooperation between Novelis and Jaguar, which began with development of the aluminum-bodied Jaguar XJ sedan, launched in 2002.

"We were delighted when Jaguar announced that aluminum would be part of its lightweight materials technology strategy, which will be a hallmark of Jaguar's performance cars in the future," said Brian Sturgell, president and CEO of Novelis. "We are proud to support the lightweighting strategy and to supply all of the aluminum sheet for both the XJ and now the XK."

Novelis automotive specialists worked alongside Jaguar engineers and designers to provide expertise in materials technology from initial design of the new XK, through prototype development, right up to vehicle manufacturing. High-strength aluminum sheet from Novelis will be used for the outer skin of the new car as well as complex structural parts. The company's Aluminum Vehicle Technology (AVT) will also be a feature of the production of the new XK, as it is for the XJ. The major innovation of the system is the adhesive bonding of sheet panels in combination with self-piercing rivets.

Novelis is the world's leading supplier of aluminum automotive sheet. Material for Jaguar is produced through the company's European rolling system. Hot-rolled coils from the Norf rolling complex at Neuss, Germany, and the Novelis facility in Sierre, Switzerland, are further processed at the company's specially-equipped operations in Sierre and Nachterstedt, Germany. As part of Novelis' double-sourcing strategy, the material can be processed at either of these plants, given a special heat and surface treatment and cut to the customer's required shape - be it the traditional rectangular and curved sheet or more complex laser-cut shapes. The Nachterstedt plant features a euro 15 million (US$18 million) laser blanking centre and Novelis intends to expand the Sierre plant with a similar centre by mid 2006.

Novelis also provides closed-loop recycling for Jaguar and will take the aluminum off-cuts from XK production back to its Warrington (UK) recycling centre, as it does currently for the XJ. As part of a shared drive towards sustainability by Jaguar and Novelis, the metal is recycled directly into new automotive sheet, thus saving resources and up to 95% of energy that would be required to produce primary aluminum.

Novelis, which was spun-off by Alcan on January 6, 2005, is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and aluminum can recycling. The Company has 36 operating facilities in 11 countries and more than 13,000 dedicated employees. Novelis has the unparalleled capability to provide its customers with a regional supply of high-end rolled aluminum products throughout Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Through its advanced production capabilities, the Company supplies aluminum sheet and foil to the automotive and transportation, beverage and food packaging, construction and industrial, and printing markets. For more information on Novelis, visit www.novelis.com.

Jaguar D-Type
12-12-2005, 06:41 PM
Bigger pictures of the X150's chassis




















Jaguar D-Type
12-12-2005, 06:44 PM
Jaguar 'World First" Safety Acknowledged

Press release:

The all-new Jaguar XK was awarded the Engineering and Technology Award at the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards in London on Tuesday 6 December.

The Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards recognise outstanding innovation or achievement and each year the judges make one Technology Award for road-based or vehicle based innovation that is considered to have significant merit. This year, Jaguar has been recognised for its outstanding safety innovation in the new XK sports car. This is an all-new, industry-leading feature – the pedestrian deployable bonnet.

Bill McLundie and Jonathan Mabey, on behalf of the Jaguar XK Pedestrian Safety team, received the award at the Savoy Hotel from His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent.

"We are extremely proud to receive this award on behalf of all the hardworking engineering team who were involved in the Jaguar Pyrotechnic Pedestrian Deployable Bonnet and the new XK" said Jonathan Mabey after receiving the award.

Jaguar is one of the first manufacturers to meet Phase One 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. Legislation in the European market requires manufacturers to commit to a two-phase introduction of a range of active and passive safety improvements on all new cars to improve the protection of pedestrian in the case of an accident.

In the unfortunate event of a pedestrian impact, the deployable bonnet on the new XK automatically 'pops' up a few inches, to increase space between the engine and the bonnet. This helps to isolate the pedestrian from hard points in the engine compartment – and takes place in less than a tenth of the time it takes to blink an eye. An advanced sensing system is mounted in the front bumper to help discriminate between a pedestrian collision and any other possible front-end collisions.

Jaguar D-Type
12-12-2005, 06:52 PM
A return to sports car racing?

The 2007 XK is the first aluminum XK since the 1963 E-Type (XKE) Lightweight.

E-Type Lightweight Low Drag Coupe shown

(this is a press picture)


Jaguar D-Type
12-18-2005, 10:04 PM

Jaguar D-Type
12-20-2005, 05:58 PM
The first X150, a Liquid Silver 4.2 V8 XK Coupe with Charcoal interior and burr walnut veneer facia, rolled off the production line today (December 20th, 2005) at Castle Bromwich.


Jaguar D-Type
01-01-2006, 11:22 PM
San Diego auto show









Jaguar D-Type
01-04-2006, 03:11 PM
Castle Bromwich Prepares For XK Assembly

When you’re putting together an aluminum-intensive vehicle, the sparks don’t fly, but rivets are used in abundance.



In 2003, Jaguar set out on a risky mission: Develop a mass-production vehicle using an aluminum monocoque body design. That was the charge given to the team developing the flagship XJ sedan. Sure, Audi had been using an aluminum body structure in its A8 for many years, but the German luxury brand’s flagship relies on an aluminum space frame, not a full monocoque. The challenge proved daunting for Jaguar’s development engineers, so the XJ’s launch schedule was pushed back a few months to work out the kinks, but the lessons learned turned out to be quite valuable and the green light was given for aluminum to take a prominent role in the development of future Jaguar models.

Even before the XJ rolled off the line at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich, U.K., plant, designers and engineers began penciling the next challenge, the ’07 XK Coupe/Cabriolet (code-named “X150”), which itself utilizes the same aluminum monocoque processes perfected for the XJ, while incorporating new advancements gained as the sedan worked through its own trials and tribulations. When the last of the previous generation XKs exited Castle Bromwich in May, 2005, crews went to work gutting the 131,300-ft2 body shop to install more than 30 ABB robots, 120 fixtures and two dedicated skillet lines to prepare the XK for its launch in November. The car will begin shipping to dealers in Europe and the U.S. beginning in January ‘06, with full output (60 vehicles per day) targeted to begin in late-February.

During a recent tour of the “Castle Brom” (as insiders call it), Richard McDonald, vehicle plant launch manager for XK, points to a number of empty spaces in the plant: “We still have yet to install a number of tools for the final assembly operations,” he says. As pilot assembly of body structures gets underway, the lack of noise and flying sparks in the plant are almost eerie. Since the XK’s monocoque is fastened together by self-piercing rivets, there’s essentially no need for welding, except for one crucial area on the coupe where the roof meets the rear hatch. This section requires the use of automated MIG welding, to assure the body remains structurally sound and visually appealing. (After all, who would want to see rivet marks running across the top of their $80,000+ luxury sports coupe?)

Like its XJ sedan sibling, the XK’s body is created at the stamping facility adjacent to the assembly operations, which is operated under a consortium between Jaguar and Polynorm Stadco, along with the expertise of several German suppliers: Nothelfer GmbH, Alliagr Werke GmbH, and Stanzwerk GmbH. Aluminum used in the stamping process is provided by Alcan, which stores up to a 20 days’ supply of the material in a warehouse nearby the factory. The XK’s underbody is created in three sections: rear-floor, mid-floor and front-floor, with front-floor modules featuring a barcode that designates whether the car is a coupe or cabriolet. Once body style designation has been identified, the three body pieces move to a marrying station, where a ThyssenKrupp sliding framing gate marries the various pieces together as rivet guns enter to begin the joining process (100% of the under body of both models is common; 95% of the body structures are shared between the two models). The coupe body is bonded together utilizing 2,620 Henrob self-piercing rivets, along with three different adhesives measuring more than 295 ft. in total length. The cabriolet, meanwhile, receives slightly less adhesive material and 2,430 rivets (compared to 5,000 spot welds on the previous steel convertible body), due to its topless design. The adhesives utilized in the manufacturing process include two grades, one for sheet joints and another with high bonding quality for heavy-gauge joints. Russ Varney, chief engineer for the XK program, says the use of self-piercing rivet technology and bonding provides the XK with a body shell that is 31% stiffer than the previous model, along with a 10% improvement in power-to-weight ratio, with total vehicle curb weight limited to 3,516 lbs.

Once the body is assembled and painted, the undercarriage is married to the body and the vehicle moves into its final assembly stage on a skillet system, where the XK travels through 28 different stations, each manned with three or four employees. Workers are aided by a trolley containing the necessary interior pieces which follows the vehicle down the skillet lines. Chief engineer Varney says Jaguar decided to use the trolley system compared to the previous line-side delivery process because it proved to be more efficient and required less floor space than the fixed structures used in the previous set-up. The efficiency improvements and higher penetration of automation enabled Jaguar to limit manpower on the XK line to approximately 160 hourly workers.

Jaguar D-Type
01-08-2006, 11:20 PM
I saw the new XK at the L.A. Auto Show last Thursday and thought it looked better in person than in pictures.




Jaguar D-Type
01-10-2006, 10:23 PM




Jaguar D-Type
01-12-2006, 02:45 AM









Jaguar D-Type
01-13-2006, 09:03 PM
L.A. Auto Show



The 2006 XJR is shown in the background with new wheels.


Jaguar D-Type
01-14-2006, 01:21 AM
North American International auto show





Jaguar D-Type
01-17-2006, 07:35 PM
In Convertible form the Body-in-White weight, at just 633 lbs (287 kg), is 19 percent lighter than the previous XK Convertible. The chassis also has a 50 percent improvement in stiffness over the previous XK Convertible.

2007 XK pricing

The all-new 2007 XK Coupe will be priced from $75,500 and the 2007 XK Convertible will be offered from $81,500 which includes destination and delivery charges.

Jaguar D-Type
01-21-2006, 09:05 PM








Jaguar D-Type
01-22-2006, 02:51 AM
Behind the new XK

















Jaguar D-Type
01-22-2006, 02:53 AM
Jaguar's Pedestrian Contact Sensing system




01-24-2006, 08:32 PM
has anyone seen an e.t.a. for the XKR version? Fall of '06 or clear until spring of '07?


Jaguar D-Type
01-26-2006, 06:14 PM
A new aluminum XKR will probably debut during those times and go into production by the summer of 2007.

Like the new XK, the next XKR should weigh less than the current XKR. The next XKR is rumored to have more than 400 hp.

Jaguar D-Type
01-28-2006, 07:08 PM





Jaguar D-Type
01-29-2006, 06:34 PM







01-29-2006, 06:41 PM
Looksa good 2 me.

02-01-2006, 05:23 AM
:eek2: One has to be kidding! It looks like a Hyundai Tibourn,tuscani,coupe :22yikes: . I think it is way off the mark. Ford/Jaguar should have picked from the Aston-martin's parts bin. At least then it would not look like the plain Jane that it is. They need some real :1zhelp: this car, to me has no inspiration. The tail lights look like an after thought. The front end has to many cut lines in it, the driving/fog lights look to high, the A pillars should be black to block out the huge thickness of them, they should have had the lower grill match the oval grill. Yes I am sure the tech of the car is wondefull. To bad its looks do not match. Thumbs down on this one, when the Hyundai has the same looks plenty of power and the tech for a fraction of the price. Hyundai has come a long way in quality, and it is a price leader, @ $15.000 I rather have it.
Bruce Charley

Jaguar D-Type
02-02-2006, 11:23 PM

Have you seen the new XK in person?

I saw it at the L.A. auto show and was impressed.

The front bumper is more blunt and higher than the previous car because of the new European pedestrian safety regulations. Check the first page for information on them.

Go ahead and photoshop the lower grille to look like the main grille.

I remember when the Ferrari 360 came out and I thought the front looked too much like a Hyundai, but the looks have grown on me.

Do you mean to say a new Hyundai coupe has "plenty" of tech to match the new XK?

Jaguar D-Type
02-05-2006, 03:25 AM


Jaguar D-Type
02-10-2006, 07:10 PM
Notice the shock tower brace.


Jaguar D-Type
02-22-2006, 07:47 PM
Jaguar already has about 7,600 presold XK orders to American customers according to Automotive News 2/21/2006.

Jaguar D-Type
03-03-2006, 09:03 PM
XKs in South Africa






03-05-2006, 07:40 PM
I cannot believe they stuck a 300hp engine in that for $85,000! What other $85k car has 300hp? It also seems dumb to make us wait an entire year until they put a real engine in it! grrrrrrrrrrr

03-06-2006, 03:41 PM
I agree, this has been my biggest beef with the car. There are many reports talking about capturing the old days of the E-Type but as I understand it when the E-Type was launched it had monster performance compared with the competition. In this case you can get more bhp at half the price from many bland everyday cars.

I don’t know if this is because Jaguar did not have the time or money or if it is a deliberate marketing ploy. I have heard that car manufactures launch a new model one year to get the publicity and then a new engine a year or 2 later to give the interest level another boost.

Jaguar D-Type
03-10-2006, 09:35 PM
I cannot believe they stuck a 300hp engine in that for $85,000! What other $85k car has 300hp? It also seems dumb to make us wait an entire year until they put a real engine in it! grrrrrrrrrrr

What other $85k car weighs less than its predecessor?

Not one. In fact, the new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is the only new car over the past few years that weighs less than its predecessor. It also has an aluminum chassis.

The all-new 2007 XK Coupe will be priced from $75,500 and the 2007 XK Convertible will be offered from $81,500 which includes destination and delivery charges.

03-12-2006, 10:45 AM
Now thats a pretty car.

Jaguar D-Type
04-02-2006, 09:07 PM
High praise from the magazine CAR

The following qoutes are from the March, 2006 issue of CAR:

"Firing down one incredible stretch of dual carriageway at 90 mph at the absolute limit of the tyre's adhesion, even the odd nasty mid-corner bump can't upset its composure."

"The XK has so much mechanical grip on dry tarmac that neither front nor rear wheels will deviate from the course you've plotted using the quicker-ratio steering rack unless you do something really daft."

"The big exterior change is at the back, which gains a hatch opening. Nothing so drastic inside: it's a clean, modern execution of a timeless formula, all the better for the absence of bells, whistles and robot butlers."

04-22-2006, 08:35 PM
I drove the new XK '07 convertible today. It drives nice. The sound is great. I was very disappointed with the interior. Miles of really cheap plastic. It had too much plastic for a $50,000 car, let alone an $80,000! Booo for the cheap ass plastic.

Jaguar D-Type
05-01-2006, 05:01 AM
Everybody has an opinion.

Sports Car International drove the new XK recently and loved the interior.

2.2 Straight six
05-14-2006, 09:09 PM
XKs in South Africa






if they're in south africa why are they on UK plates?

i like the car, much better looking in the flesh. we'll soon have one on order, hopefully. test drive on tuesday.

Jaguar D-Type
05-14-2006, 11:54 PM
South Africa was the location given from website where I got the pictures.

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