Jaguar North America is planning to offer its X-TYPE owners a chance to pump-up and show-off a little more muscle.
The company teamed-up with leading California speed and design studio, bonspeed?, to create a new range of body styling, suspension and braking equipment for Jaguar?s all-wheel-drive X-TYPE premium compact sedan.
To showcase the range of components that could be available, Jaguar and bonspeed? today unveil a bold, dramatic ?bonspeed? 3.0 X-TYPE? concept at the 2004 SEMA specialty equipment show in Las Vegas.
Among the features of the bonspeed? X-TYPE:
Aggressive, racecar-inspired body kit
Integrated rear deck spoiler
Dramatic ?Match Head Red? paint
19-inch bonspeed? forged alloy wheels
Tubular trailing arm rear suspension
Koni adjustable shocks, Eibach springs
Baer 13-inch cross-drilled brake rotors
Engine tuning to give extra 30bhp
Real carbon fiber dash and gear surround
Recaro F1 sports seats
Sony 1200 watt audio system
"bonspeed? has done a great job in showing that the X-TYPE has the potential to be a tough, but sophisticated-looking tuner project car," says C.J. O?Donnell, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Communications, Jaguar North America.
"And, with a significant number of Jaguar X-TYPEs joining our award-winning Select Edition certified pre-owned program next year, it will be even easier for younger buyers to get into an X-TYPE than ever before," continued O`Donnell.
A `Red Hot` Exterior
The exterior of the bonspeed? X-TYPE is `red hot` thanks to a special ?Match Head Red? paint developed for the car by DuPont and applied by L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, Calif.
The dramatic, DTM touring car-inspired body package was designed at bonspeed?s Anaheim studios and features new front and rear fascias, extended side rockers and an integrated trunk spoiler. The body package gives the car a low, aggressive stance and enhances the car`s already- striking lines.
To give the Jaguar extra power, bonspeed worked with Superchips Tuning, in Florida to enhance the X-TYPE?s engine management system. Together with a new Borla stainless steel, 2.5-inch diameter exhaust, and an XP high-flow intake, the changes deliver an extra 30bhp to the X-TYPE?s 3.0-liter AJ-V6, increasing power to around 260bhp.
"One of the main goals we set ourselves to achieve was to develop the X-TYPE to accommodate 19-inch wheels," explains bonspeed? president, Brad Fanshaw.
Fanshaw and his team worked with suspension specialists Detroit Speed & Engineering to develop a new, slimmer tubular trailing arm rear link. This allows the bonspeed? X-TYPE to be fitted with not only taller 19-inch rims, but wider 255/35-19 Michelin Pilot tires.
To give the concept the kind of stopping power to match its extra grip, 13-inch cross-drilled Baer rotors were fitted, clamped by Baer calipers. Front and rear Koni shocks, together with stiffer Eibach springs, give the bonspeed? X-TYPE sharper handling and tighter body control.
An Interior to Match
The concept?s new interior is as radical as its exterior. New Recaro F1 race-style bucket seats were added to the front, while the complete cabin was re-trimmed in super-soft crimson leather supplied by luxury leather goods maker, Mulholland Brothers, in San Francisco. And, carbon fiber accents on the dash and gear surround are shared with the 2005 Jaguar X-TYPE 3.0 Sport.
For the car?s 1200-watt in-car entertainment system, bonspeed? fitted twin Sony liquid crystal TVs for front and rear passengers, along with a Sony head unit and DVD player. Sound is pumped out through Diamond Audio speakers and amplifiers, all linked together with Metra Electronics cabling.
"Our plan is to eventually offer all the features seen in the bonspeed? X-TYPE to X-TYPE owners. The Jaguar makes a perfect platform for a highly-expressive tuner vehicle for the enthusiast market," explains Fanshaw.
The bonspeed X-TYPE will be on display at the 2004 trade-only Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show (SEMA) at the Las Vegas Convention Center Nov 2-5.
bonspeed? X-TYPE ? Specifications
Jaguar all-wheel drive X-TYPE 3.0
bonspeed? California Speed & Design Studio, Anaheim, Calif.
New, deeper front fascia featuring new mesh grille
PIAA driving lights
New deeper rear fascia, trunk lid-mounted spoiler and wider rockers
DuPont ?Match Head Red?
Applied by L&G Enterprises, San Dimas, Calif.
bonspeed? 19-inch forged alloys
Michelin Pilot 225/35-19 (f), 255/35-19 (r)
Detroit Speed & Engineering tubular rear trailing arms
Koni front coil-over shocks, rear gas struts
Eibach springs front and rear
Hotchkis sway bars
13-inch Baer cross-drilled rotors
Power increase from 227bhp (SAE) to approx. 260bhp
Superchips Tuning computer chip
Borla 2.5-inch diameter stainless exhaust with oval tips
High-flow XP intake
Recaro F1 front sports seats
Hurst shifter ball shift knob
CNC machined billet shift surround
Jaguar Carbon Fiber dash accents
Mulholland Brothers crimson leather upholstery
Sony liquid screen TVs, DVD player, head unit
Diamond Audio speakers and amps
Metra Electronics wiring
From its beginning as a manufacturer of motorcycle sidecars in 1922, Jaguar Cars has grown to become one of the world?s premier manufacturers of luxury sedans and sports cars and with that, one of the most recognized commercial brands. The company`s vision is simple: To produce beautiful fast cars that are desired the world over. The company is fully engaged in environmental programs, community work and brand awareness exercises such as motor sport.
Jaguar offers a four-model range of luxury sedans and sports cars packed with fully competitive technology and safety systems wrapped up in stylish bodies. The X-TYPE premium compact sedan is the company?s first all-wheel drive model combining unmistakable Jaguar looks in an affordable, sporting package. Entry to the Jaguar range via the X-TYPE costs around $30,000.
Jaguar`s mid-size luxury sedan is the S-TYPE distinguished by styling reminiscent of the original Mark 2 and S-TYPE sedans. Positioned above the X-TYPE in size and price S-TYPE ownership begins at less than $45,000. The flagship XJ sedan has been the cornerstone of the marque since 1968 and is the definitive Jaguar. The 2005 XJ is the most technologically advanced car the company has ever built, using aircraft-style aluminum construction for lightness and strength. It is also the longest and most spacious Jaguar offering a selection of long wheelbase derivatives in the range. The XJ range starts at less than $62,000. The XK series, including the XK8 and XKR coupes and convertibles are Jaguar`s sports cars. They combine high performance with luxurious interiors and grand touring capability. Pricing begins at just over $70,000.
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