After receiving a significant freshening last year, the Jaguar XK receives a new limited-edition (1,050 units) Victory trim level, which is available on all XK models. The package includes four special colors (Black Copper Metallic, Frost Blue Metallic, Bay Blue Metallic, and Satin Silver Metallic), upgraded wheels, checkered flag details on the Growler badge and polished tread plates, premium soft-grain leather interior, and leather-edged floor mats. Additionally, Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on all XK models, and carbon fiber trim is now integrated on all XKR models.
Since its introduction in 1948, the Jaguar XK-Series has been an icon of automotive design. With sensuous lines, luxurious interiors, and legendary performance, the XK nameplate has become synonymous with style, luxury, and grand touring ability, and as a result, it has remained on the shopping list of automotive enthusiasts for more than six decades. The 2006 rear-drive variant is available in either a coupe or convertible, and in two models: the XK8, which comes with a 4.2L V-8 making 294 hp and 303 lb.-ft. of torque, or the XKR, with a supercharged version of the same powerplant that develops 390 hp and 399 lb.-ft. of torque. Both are backed by a 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift and paddle shifters.
Standard fare includes leather seating surfaces, steering wheel and shift knob; burl walnut and poplar trim; 10-way power driver and front passenger seat; and keyless entry and start. Standard tech gadgets include reverse park control; a 7-inch touch-screen for audio, telephone, climate, navigation and valet services; a Densco DVD-based navigation system, trip computer, and multi-function steering wheel with audio, phone and cruise controls; dual-zone climate control with filtration; an Alpine audio system with MP3 and Windows Media Audio format reader; and Bluetooth wireless technology. Standard safety features include dual-stage front air bags and seat-mounted side-impact air bags; brake boost and brakeforce distribution; dynamic stability and traction control; whiplash-reduction system; and a tire pressure-monitoring system. Convertibles also receive a rollover-protection system.
Options include wood- and leather-trimmed heated steering wheel and gear shift knob; soft grain leather-wrapped instrument panel, doors and center console; soft grain perforated leather seats; 16-way power-adjustable driver and passenger seats; radar-based adaptive cruise control; Sirius Satellite Radio service; and larger wheels.
The Large Premium Sporty segment in which the XK competes is a small niche in the automotive world, but it carries significant icons like the Ford GT, Porsche Carrera GT, and the Mercedes-Benz SLR. This group features cars with exotic-like performance that can just as easily be driven to work or the grocery store.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM calendar year 2005 sales in this segment were led by the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (14,835 units sold), followed by the BMW 6 Series (9,934) and the Jaguar XK-Series (2,282). The other players in the segment are the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class, Ford GT, Porsche Carrera GT, and Mercedes-Benz SLR.