It is reported that a Jaguar V6 diesel version of the XK sports car is being developed which the company has tested at Nurburgring. Power under the hood for the XK D is the latest 272 hp bi-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that's coming with the opening of the XF this spring.
Although the XK D has been track-tested, it is reported that Jaguar will be closely watching the sale of the 5.0 V8-propelled XK from which to base its final decision to put the XK D into production or not.
Since a decision this year is not feasible, therefore the car might be available in 2011 at least. This move was made because Jaguar was concerned that the XK D might be getting sales from the naturally ventilated 5.0-liter V8 XK from which greater profit is expected
A case in point here is BMW's 6 series where the twin-turbo 635d effectively displaced the sales of the 630i and 650i.
A comparative analysis of performance figures puts the XK D very close to the XK with acceleration from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds, 50-70mph in 3.2 and a total combined economy of 42mpg for the former against 0-60mph in 5.2 seconds and 50-70 in 2.5 of the latter.
Another explanation for the move is to put the diesel on hold until the brand new XK arrives in either 2014 or 2015.
The car could easily convert into a full blown four-seater following the like of the Maserati GranTurismo, providing possibility for a front-engined XE two-seater Boxster-rival.