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Updates make the 2005 Jaguar XK the benchmark of luxury, performance, touring ability
The 2005 Jaguar XK receives subtle but significant upgrades that work to fine-tune an already brilliant car.
GENEVA -- From the legendary XK120 that introduced the XK name to the roads -- and thousands of owners to the delights of a Jaguar -- through to the current range of coupes and convertibles, Jaguar’s XK sports cars have consistently set the benchmark when it comes to blending luxury, performance and grand touring ability.
Now a portfolio of subtle but significant upgrades has been applied to the 2005 Jaguar XK.
Introduced at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show, the 2005 Jaguar XK has a deeper mouth for the front air intake and lower front bumper, both of which give the car a more aggressive, contemporary stance. There’s an added performance benefit, too, as the lower front end improves the car’s aerodynamics. In keeping with the new nose section, the design team has also lowered the side sills and added a new rear bumper and spoiler to ensure the more squat appearance is noticeable from any angle. The new XKR also gets a new mesh grille, larger rear spoiler and new quad exhaust tailpipe finishers.
“When I looked at the XK8 I always felt it was a very pure design," said Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design. "For this new version, I wanted to add something idiosyncratic, a little more character. The XK now sells in a very competitive market and I felt what was needed was something to revive the essential presence that it possessed when it was launched.”
It’s not just the XK’s exterior that has been modified. The interior has been refreshed with the introduction of two new wood veneers. Elm is similar to the classic Burr Walnut veneer in color but has a richer feel, while Piano Black provides an optional high-gloss black finish for XKR customers. Buyers can also select an R-Performance option of aluminum surrounds for the instrumentation. New wheels complete the update with three new multi-spoke options: 18” Aris, 19” Atlas and 20” BBS Sepang. The 17” Gemini, 18” Hydra and 20” BBS Montreal and Detroit styles carry over.
In all markets except North America and Japan, Jaguar XK buyers now have the option of increasing the features in their car by choosing from three new option packs: separate Premium Packs for both XK8 and XKR, and a single Technology pack for both cars. These optional packs greatly increase content over a standard car by combining extras such as reverse park control, sport seats, larger wheels and revised interior trim into an optional package at a significantly reduced price.
From its launch in 1996, the XK8 rapidly became the fastest-selling sports car in Jaguar’s history. It soon forged a place as one of the world’s most desirable cars, thanks to stunning looks and thrilling performance. And like a fine wine it has simply become better and better. The 2005 Jaguar XK is the most modern and technically advanced XK to date.
“The mark of the true classic is that you don’t constantly need to tinker with it," said Joe Greenwell, Jaguar Cars Chairman and CEO. "This new model is simply fine-tuning of an already brilliant car.”