Jaguar introduces XK and XKR Special Edition models

Article by Christian A., on February 16, 2012

The Jaguar XK range is made even more lavish with the addition of XK and XKR Special Edition models. These improve the luxurious quality with the launch of the hand-crafted 'Artisan' interiors. The Special Edition model's Artisan interior is offered in both coupe and convertible form, presenting the use of the tactile 'scraffito' finished leather to the front seats, instrument binnacle, door and rear quarter casings.

Each Special Edition model comes with a raised level of opulence and comfort due to its combined Poltrona Frau leather headlinings, two new veneer finishes (Shadow Walnut and Dark Figured Aluminium, and standard features such as a 525W Bowers & Wilkins sound system, 16 by 16 way adjustable heated Performance seats, a heated steering wheel and keyless entry/start.

Jaguar's design team, which is headed by Director of Design Ian Callum, created two exclusive Artisan interior colourways for the Special Edition models.

These are Navy with Jet headlining and Truffle with Canvas headlining. The available convertible hood colors include Black, Blue, Grey and Brown. In addition, they offer Special Edition treadplates and stainless steel pedals as subtle improvements. Its exterior paint palette of six colors includes the Special Edition colour of Celestial Black, with Crystal Blue, Lunar Grey, Polaris White, Rhodium Silver and Ultimate Black as the alternative options.

The exterior revisions include two new 20-inch alloy wheel designs; Venom wheels that are diamond turned with a dark grey finish, and the Orona style with the polished finish. The advanced engineering techniques are inherent to the entire Jaguar XK and XKR range. Jaguar leads the industry in its use of aluminum technology.

The coupe and convertible models both use riveted and bonded aluminum monocoque construction that results to a light weight and excellent rigidity and strength. Together with continuously variable adaptive damping (which are standard on all models), the 5.0-litre direct-injection V8 petrol engines come in either 385PS naturally-aspirated or, for the XKR, 510PS supercharged form.

The result is a car that offers a brilliantly damped yet controlled ride, accurate handling, and effortless performance. These special edition models will not be available in North America. UK pricing for the Coupé is £77,350 (OTR), while the Convertible is priced at £82,500 (OTR).

What is unique about the Jaguar XK is that it is the first model from the brand to have the support of none other than Design Director Ian Callum. Though both purposeful and dramatic, it continues to have the sensuality Jaguars are famous for. This latest incarnation of the XK though has undergone various changes giving it an assertive and more modern quality.

One of the features included in the XK is the Adaptive Dynamics which performs three tasks which are to control the vertical movement of the body, control the pitch rates, and control the roll rate. By analyzing thousands of variables and inputs, at the rate of around 100 times per second, the system is able to determine the handling and ride qualities.

The Adaptive Dynamics also manages the position of the wheel at 500 times per second. As a result, the XK has a good balance between a sporty appeal and comfort. If at any time the driver wants to change any of these, all that needs to be done is to activate the Dynamic Mode. This lowers the times between gearshifts, sharpens the response of the throttle, and increases the control of the body.

On the front section, the headlamps are now slimmer and make use of the latest in lighting technology and integrate the signal functions with the running lights. With the bumper having a new design and the grille made larger, it makes it that easy to recognize the XK especially for vehicles driving on the front with the drivers looking in the rear-view mirror.

Being part of the Jaguar range, there is no question that each unit of the XK will have its own distinct style to differentiate it from the others in the same line. Another change in the XK is that instead of the chrome mesh grilles, there is instead the matt black detailing, the same one on the XKR. Meanwhile the flagship XKR-S gets a new bumper in the front which highlights the sense of purpose it has.

Revised as well is the power vent that is positioned on the front wing. Instead of having a vertical design, it now has a horizontal one and even has a mesh insert. It helps highlight the possibilities offered by the design and accentuating it is the Jaguar name decorated to it. In the rear section, the brand also redesigned the boot lid and it now has the slimmer chrome finisher.

This ensures that it has the celebrated Jaguar leaper like the rest of the models of the brand. In line with the changes in the design, the brand is offering a choice of 17 colors, with 5 being new options, for the exterior. A wide range of alloy wheels ranging from 10 inches to 20 inches is made available as well resulting in a total of 11 designs.

For customers who want to give their vehicles more customization, Jaguar is offering a Black Pack. This option is also now available for the XKR. With the Black Pack, the chrome on the exterior is changed to a matt black finish. Complementing this addition are the alloy 20-inch wheels in gloss black. For the XKR though, offered as additions are aerodynamic improvements in the same color as the body with the option to have side graphics.

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