2010 Jaguar XK and XKR by Startech

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2009

In 2010, the STARTECH program came up with great accessories that were meant to be used in coupe and convertible models of the Jaguar XK and XKR. STARTECH came up with exclusive and innovative modifications to a Jaguar XK Coupe to demonstrate what its range of accessories can do in order to personalize any Jaguar vehicle.

In this example, the engineers employed custom-made 21-inch forged wheels together with customizations to the XK Coupe’s riding height. Functionality and aesthetics do go hand in hand, so STARTECH’s stylists employed subtle modifications to the exterior of the already-elegantly designed XK Coupe.

These include spoiler flaps placed strategically on the front apron, reducing lift and improving aerodynamics in addition to making the car eye-catching. All of the enhancements to the XK Coupe were done using ultra light carbon fiber materials.

There’s no doubt about the durability and strength of these materials, as STARTECH is known to use a production process that is associated more closely with aircraft and racing car production than road cars. Any vehicle’s face forms part of its appeal to other motorists, and STARTECH addressed that with customized daytime running lights for the XK Coupe. The personalized coupe now features running lights that are integrated seamlessly into the bumper’s stylized air vents.

The rear portion of the XK Coupe now features molding made of carbon fiber, which blends perfectly with the twin-tailpipe exhaust system of the coupe. As mentioned earlier, the STARTECH-customized XK coupe featured personalized 21-inch forged alloy wheels.

These wheels, named the Monostor J Diamond Edition, feature polished surfaces that are sure to turn heads around when the coupe is parked or is caught on a traffic jam. The front wheels of the customized XK coupe are given wheels with tires in size 255/30 ZR 21, while the rear tires have 295/25 ZR 21 tires.

The customized coupe also has a lower ride height, thanks to calibrations in the STARTECH custom-made sport springs. Because of these, the STARTECH-modified coupe has a ride height lower by 40 millimeters or 1.6 inches compared to production model Jaguar XK coupes.

STARTECH even created its own leather upholstery for the interiors of the XK coupe. Created by an in-house upholstery shop, the seats in the STARTECH XK Coupe now feature comfortably soft brandy-colored leather. Aesthetics are completed by contrasting cords and double seams.

Of course, there are many options for customizing the XK coupe’s interiors, made possible by 100 different colors in either leather or Alcantara material. STARTECH’s upholstery shop even allows for requests for specific colors.

The XK coupe rolls out of the Jaguar manufacturing facilities with precious-wood and aluminum trim. STARTECH’s customizations replace those with bamboo wood trim.

Not only did they replace the trim, they also made sure that the new one jives in with the color of the leather material used in the seats. Carbon-fiber trim is also an option as well. This simply means that there is a wide range of customizations available for the interiors of the XK coupe in STARTECH’s line of after-market products.

Press Release

The STARTECH Program for all Jaguar XK and XKR Models

Exclusive, innovative and individual: These three attributes best describe the STARTECH accessories program for the latest Jaguar XK and XKR models, which is available for coupes and convertibles. A customized XK Coupe gives a good first look at the complete product lineup for the British automobiles. The engineers and designers from STARTECH have developed subtle sporty body modifications, custom-tailored 21-inch forged wheels with corresponding ride-height lowering and eye-catching interior options.

Adding sporty emphasis to the elegant lines of the two-door with subtle components was a challenge the STARTECH styling team mastered with great success. The team developed spoiler flaps that attach to both sides of the production front apron. They upgrade the car’s appearance and reduce lift on the front axle. All STARTECH aerodynamic-enhancement components are made from carbon fiber.

To make these components not only ultra-light but also extremely strong STARTECH uses the same ‘Prepreg’ production process in an autoclave used in motor racing and aerospace engineering. The face of the Jaguar is further upgraded with daytime running lights. Using precise-fit design elements these lights are beautifully integrated into the stylized air vents on both sides of the bumper. The STARTECH carbon-fiber rear molding serves as the perfect backdrop for the two tailpipes of the exhaust system and gives the rear of the Jaguar even more character. The exclusive STARTECH looks are further characterized by STARTECH forged wheels custom-tailored for the XK models.

The three-piece Monostar J Diamond Edition wheels intersperse polished surfaces with brushed-look sections and are miles apart from the rest. The same is true for the wheel sizes, which were selected specifically for the sportiest Jaguar model. The front wheel houses are filled to the max by size 9Jx21 wheels with tires in size 255/30 ZR 21. In the rear tires in size 295/25 ZR 21 mounted on size 10.5Jx21 wheels strive to provide maximum traction.

STARTECH sport springs are specially calibrated to these tire/wheel combinations. They lower the ride height of both body styles by some 40 millimeters (1.6 inches). Exclusive interiors are a particular STARTECH specialty. The interior designers transformed trends from exclusive high-end living into the XK without overpowering the sports car’s British character. The company upholstery shop has created a fully leather interior made from the finest, especially soft brandy-colored leather. A new combination of contrasting cords and double seams using an especially thick thread creates an entirely new and yet very English ambiance in the cockpit.

The STARTECH interior program also offers countless other color combinations in leather and Alcantara. More than 100 different colors are always in stock, special requests such a leather color that matches a favorite lipstick or other item can also be fulfilled. New bamboo wood trim elements replace the precious-wood and aluminum trim available from the factory. The wood color is specially matched to the brandy-colored leather.

A special bleaching and staining process makes it possible to match the leather color exactly. This STARTECH innovation also gives customers a choice of open-pore, matte or high-gloss surface finishes. Genuine carbon-fiber trim sets with different structures and colors are yet another option for customizing the interior. Further exclusive ideas for the interior are scuff plates with illuminated STARTECH logo and high-quality floor mats bordered with color-coordinated leather.

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