Design Director Ian Callum created the 2012 Jaguar XK Coupe and Convertible, which appears to be dramatic and purposeful, receiving a number of revisions that manage to reinforce its asserive and contemporary character.
Using the latest lighting technology, the front headlamps were made slimmer and they incorporate LED turn signal functions and running lights that house a distinctive "J-Blade" signature. Unique styling attributes were provided so that it is distinguished from its siblings. Thus, the XKR-S received a unique front fascia with carbon fiber details, while black detailing on the XKR replaced the chrome mesh grilles on the XK.
The "Black Pack" package remains available for the XKR and it provides a gloss black finish to replace the exterior chrome, complemented by 20-inch gloss black alloy wheels. The car model proves power, 550 HP, and efficiency by housing spray-guided direct injection together with dual independent variable cam timing. The Jaguar Sequential Shift function is controlled by steering wheel-mounted paddles, using a six-speed automatic gearbox. The car reaches 60mph in 4.2 seconds and a limited top speed of 186mph.
Controlling vertical movement, roll and pitch rates, are three main functions performed by Adaptive Dynamics. The famous Jaguar duality between comfort and sporting appeal is accomplished by this system, which is able to control wheel position 500 times every second. The two supercharged variants of the XK also benefit from Jaguar's Active Differential Control technology. Allied to the ABS and stability control, this allows for the ultimate in traction and precision both mid-corner and upon exiting the apex. The interior shows the same dual nature with the cabin refreshed by new trim materials, which include ebony soft-feel paint for the switches, gloss black finish to the center console and phosphor blue halo illumination and ambient lighting. Being multi-function heated, the steering wheel is wrapped in leather. The new Performance front seats are optional for the XKR models and standard for the XKR-S and they feature an increased support, holding the driver and the passenger securely and comfortably in place. Memory and heating functions feature the 16-way power adjustable seat. Satellite navigation with DVD mapping, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and iPod, are incorporated in the central seven-inch Touch-screen.
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