The legendary Jaguar E-type epitomized everything that was great about Jaguar† It was one of the best sports cars of its time, both in appearance and performance. Jaguars have evolved over the years, however. Think of the magnificent XK, which replaced the first-generation XK8 (1996-2006), debuted in 2007 and was phased out in 2014.
The 2007 Jaguar XK comes as a coupe or convertible and can be purchased with a naturally aspirated XK engine or a supercharged XKR engine. As can be clearly seen, the design is modern but instantly recognizable as Jaguar. Luxurious and sporty features are well balanced with a lightweight body of ideal proportions. Ian Callum, who designed the vehicle, was somewhat influenced by the E-Type.
For 2007 Jaguar XK has been completely renewed. The revolutionary aluminum frame, increased interior space, updated style and more opulent features are just some of the standout features of the new model. The high-performance XKR will be available as a coupe and convertible later in the model year. Nevertheless, in this article we will focus on the best features of the standard 2007 XK model.
In terms of features, the 2007 Jaguar XK was well equipped
The Jaguar XK is equipped with side airbags for the front seats, tire pressure monitoring, traction control, stability control and much more. The regular XK has a two-stage stability control system. Let’s explain: the first gives the driver more control over the vehicle’s handling before activating the system. All XK convertibles are fitted with two aluminum rings as standard, which are automatically activated in the event of a rollover accident.
Speaking of standard equipment, the XK comes with 18-inch wheels, adaptive suspension system, bi-xenon HID headlights, rear parking sensors, keyless entry, leather interior, electrically adjustable/heated front seats with driver memory settings, and much more. On the other hand, the premium XKR variant includes 19-inch wheels, sports seats, a stronger suspension, reworked steering, larger front brakes, updated adaptive headlamps, an aluminum grille, accents on the dashboard and four tailpipes.
The all-new XK is clearly more powerful and athletic than its predecessor. The body of the 2007 XK is 31% more rigid than before and has a 10% higher power-to-weight ratio thanks to this innovative high-tech construction method. It is fast and extremely responsive, with a curb weight of 3509 lbs. It’s hard to beat the 2007 XK when it comes to handling and luxury.
A high bonnet, a deeply sloping windscreen and modest overhangs are typical coupé features. When it comes to Jaguar sports car style, you can’t beat the aggressive stance and dramatic arcs front and rear. The luxurious details of a Jaguar can also be found in the cabin. Compared to previous models, the XK’s interior is more spacious. For the standard XK you could choose between a Burr Walnut or Poplar Wood dashboard and a knurled aluminum treatment.
The 2007 XK looks impressive, but the true spirit lies beneath it
The 2007 Jaguar XK 4.2 features a 300 horsepower variant of the previous AJ V8 engine, which is now mated to a highly customizable six-speed automated transmission. At 4,100 rpm, the 4.2-liter V8 delivers 303 lb-ft of torque. Between 2,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm, this engine delivers more than 85% torque. The XK has an electronically limited top speed of 255 mph and a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds. All 2007 Jaguar XKs are rear-wheel drive.
Lightweight vehicle technology developed by Jaguar is the key technical element of the 2007 XK. It features the same all-aluminium architecture that was introduced in the Jaguar XJ sedan. Jaguar’s manufacturing process is based on principles used in aerospace manufacturing, generating an extremely robust yet lightweight framework.
In addition, wheel-mounted paddle shifters are available for the first time on any Jaguar vehicle. Whatever driving mode the user chooses, shifts are now more sensitive and faster. The 2007 XK’s Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) are bigger and stronger.
In summary, the 2007 XK continues Jaguar’s heritage of stunning, high-performance sports cars. Aside from its eye-catching design, it’s packed with advanced features, all aimed at improving handling. It brings significant improvements in performance, maneuverability, appearance and features.
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