Curva Peligraso (Dangerous Curves)
Mark 'Stretch' Batchelor, Fri, 23 Jun 2006 08:00:00 PDT
Driving the Ian Callum redesigned Jaguar XK Coupe and Convertible in Baja California is surreal. The desolate natural beauty of the desert is a striking contrast when viewed from the luxury of the XK.
The 2007 Jaguar XK Coupe and Convertible are a reality. The timeless wastelands of Baja bring eternal visions of natural, timeless beauty both incarnate and figurative.
Superlatives of an integrated machine as realized as the 2007 Jaguar XK Coupe and Convertible pale. This is Jaguar's first of a redesigned line of machines that signals the company's 21st century direction. This is where Curva Peligraso (dangerous curves) meets a driving mirage synergy that is called Jaguar heritage. Stability, integration of driver and machine. The iconic all new 2007 Jaguar XK Coupe and Convertible defined incarnate.
The exhaust sound of the all-new aluminum monocoque body 2007 Jaguar XK Coupe and Convertible announces itself when the driver presses the red ignition button. Keys are for transportation vehicles. Red ignition start buttons are for passion
Jaguar claims "50% torsional rigidity" over the previous XK convertible. The XK convertible's triple layer roof retracts in 18 seconds below an aluminum tonneau cover. Top layer to the elements is a waterproof cloth and rubber laminate while the inner layer is an exquisite formed cloth lining. 3M Thinsulate's material in between layers compresses when the top is down for more baggage area. All contributing to a non-wind and road noise observation. Rear window is heated and connected to the roof. This soft top permits a lowered continuous exterior body line for the 2006 Jaguar XK convertible from the front of the vehicle to the rear.
I asked Jack, my driving partner what speed he felt we were cruising. "65mph?" he guessed. "90mph." I responded. There is a bench backseat for both the Coupe and Convertible.
The 2007 Jaguar XK Coupe and Convertible have a naturally aspirated 4.2 litre Jaguar AJ-V8 engine rated at 300bhp @ 6,000 rpm with 310 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm torque. Sequential Shift 6-speed automatic transmission using steering wheel mounted paddles on the back for SP (Sport) manual shifts. Emissions rated ULEV II classification with EPA rated city/highway 18/24 mpg.
The 2007 Jaguar Coupe and Convertible rockets 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds (6.0 for the Convertible) and the Coupe delivers a 14.4 second quarter mile. Notably only .5 seconds from the supercharged 400 pony model time. Yeah, Aluminum means less weight which results in my sensation of speed, agility and yes fuel economy. XK Coupe accelerates 50-70mph in 3.1 (Convertible 3.2) seconds Top speed is limited at 155mph.)
Strong, solid, easy, comfortable. Luxury sport may seem a contradiction but the 2007 Jaguar Coupe and Convertible succeeds effortlessly. Driving in 'D' or 'SP' (Sport) is joyful and rewarding to the casual and active XK driver. The 2007 Jaguar Coupe and Convertible are large sports cars but the all-new aluminum monocoque body means less weight, stronger rigidity, and improved power to weight ratio over the previous model.
The 2007 Jaguar XK Coupe and Convertible have more available features than Mercedes, Lexus, BMW, or Cadillac competition. Adaptive dampening, adaptive front light, Bi-Xenon headlamps, Bluetooth telephone interface, Multi CD/MP3 in-dash, anti-whiplash system, beautifully integrated touch screen integrated satellite navigation system, paddle shifters, passenger seat memory, keyless entry/start, and reverse park control.
2007 Jaguar XK = $75,500 USD2007 Jaguar XK Convertible = $81,500 USD