Subtle surgery for XK sendoff
Jaguar has provided its sports coupé and cabriolet the last shot within the arm prior to being replaced the coming year. The 2004 XK will get a subtle facelift, new equipment along with a minor cabin refresh.
‘The mark of the true classic is you do not need to tinker by using it,’ claimed Jaguar chairman Joe Greenwell. ‘The 2004 XK is just fine tuning.’
Observers will need to read the vehicle carefully only at that week’s Geneva Motor Show to place the variations. The greatest giveaway may be the new, lower front bumper having a different mesh grille around the XKR, pictured above. The low air intake continues to be redesigned, too. More highlighted side sills along with a revised rear bumper aid the the rules of aerodynamics, although design director Ian Callum admits additionally they lend a ‘more aggressive’ stance. Ditto the trunk spoiler, standard on all purchases. Finishing the facelift are new wheel designs and bigger exhaust tailpipes for that XK8 and quad tailpipes for that supercharged XKR.
Jaguar has additionally fitted its first automatic speed limiter. Motorists dial within their selected maximum speed and also the vehicle won’t accelerate past the selected velocity, no matter throttle input. However, full kickdown will over-ride it.
Greenwell stated the 2003 engine upgrades were sufficient to help keep the XK competitive, therefore the facelift was entirely cosmetic. Therefore, the transported-over 4.2-litre V8 in naturally aspirated 300bhp or supercharged R 400bhp forms. A six-speed auto may be the only transmission choice and gratifaction is unchanged at 155mph maximum and -60mph in 6.1sec and 5.2sec for XK and XKR correspondingly.
Prices for new XKs happen to be frozen at today’s levels, beginning at ￡50,000, accumulating to ￡65k.