The New Jaguar XK

Jaguar XK

Jaguar unveiled an all-new 2006 car, called simply the “XK”, at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2005. Designed by Ian Callum, who also worked on the gorgeous Aston Martin DB9 and Vanquish, the new XK bares a striking resemblance to its Aston cousins. Offered as both coupe or convertible it was a direct replacement for the previous XK8 model.

The new XK’s body is an all-aluminium construction, giving the coupe a kerb weight of just 1595kg (1635kg for the convertible) whilst still maintaining best-in-class torsional regidity.

It is powered by a 300 hp version of the 4.2 L AJ-V8 mated to a new Jaguar Sequential Shift 6-speed automatic transmission giving a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds and completes the quarter mile sprint in 14.4 seconds (only half a second off the previous supercharged model).

The new XK has introduced a world first in pedestrian safety, PDBS (Pedestrian Deployable Bonnet System). In numerous pedestrian collisions with vehicles, head injuries occur when a pedestrian’s head impacts with the bonnet of the vehicle. However, the injuries are not usually sustained from the bonnet itself, rather the bonnet deforming and the pedestrian’s head colliding with the engine block underneath. European Pedestrian Safety Regulations are also responsible for some of the similarity between the XK and some of Callum’s other designs.

Jaguar’s innovation is to have sensors in the front bumper that determine if a pedestrian has indeed been struck and this then triggers two pyrotechnical charges that instantaneously lift the bonnet, providing extra distance between engine and head. In effect, the bonnet becomes the exterior equivalent of an airbag: The hood’s sheet metal may not be soft, but it’s much more accommodating than a solid engine block.

This potentially life saving device has awarded the all-new Jaguar XK the Engineering and Technology Award at the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards in London.

Jagaur XK Overhead
Jaguar XK Rear
Jaguar XK Rear Three Quarter View
Jaguar XK Interior
Jaguar XK Convertible
Jaguar XK Front