View Full Version : 2005 Jaguar XK Series

11-01-2004, 11:07 AM
<A HREF="http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/ae_news_story.php?id=38218" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/n...38218</A><p><i>scheduled to start production in late 2005, ... A V6 XK6 has been ruled out because it would cheapen the XKs upmarket image</i><p>from AUTOCAR<br>article: <A HREF="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk/news_article.asp?na_id=206512" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocarmagazine.co....06512</A><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk/Car/Jaguar/XKSeries/XK8Coupe2dr/301445653.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>actual XK mule:<br><IMG SRC="http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid102/pee4781211ef36b859ebed13ea19bd1d4/f9bd2237.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/picture_library/dir_29/car_portal_pic_14881.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>SOURCE: AE magazine<p><IMG SRC="http://premium.uploadit.org/ascariss/spypic004.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>SOURCE: <A HREF="http://www.motorline.cc" TARGET="_blank">http://www.motorline.cc</A><p>Apparently this is testing a XK engine and front bumper for proper air flow.<p><IMG SRC="http://premium.uploadit.org/ascariss/x150_01.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>SOURCE: AutoCar magazine<p><A HREF="http://www.autocar.co.uk/news_article.asp?na_id=211476" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocar.co.uk/news_...11476</A><p>This curious beast is a development prototype for the all-new Jaguar XKR. Jaguar engineers have fitted an XJ saloon with the nose design  mock headlamps and part of the bonnet nose cone  of the new XK coup. Under the nose is the engine and cooling system for the new XKR <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>g35driver</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Any discussion of Design is kind of subjective, really. Here's some history though. The R-D 6 was actually penned by a group of stylists at jaguar under Julian Thompson at their advanced design studio, not Callum directly. <p>As for the Design Language of Aston Martin, historically speaking the Character of Modern Astons has more to do with Vignale, Frua, and Ghia than Ian Callum. The general proportions, traditional grille shape and theme, greenhouse, and overall stance of an aston has been consistent in a broad sense from the 60's forward. <p>What makes Henrik Fisker's design different from Callum's take is much more "taught" surfaces with a highly sculptured cross-section and exaggerated roadstance (stylised and enormous wheels stuffed in svelte, muscular bodywork). Callum's Db7 is bulbous and lacks visual tension in comparison (though still beautiful).<p>But anyway, I wasn't trying to "justify" anything per se. Just offering a possibility based on facts at hand.<p>Anyway, <A HREF="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk</A> just threw up a curveball showing some radically different interpretations of a new XK apparently gleaned from info sourced from Ian Callum in a recent article.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk//Car/Jaguar/E-Type/261044104615.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk//Car/Jaguar/E-Type/261044105836.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk//Car/Jaguar/E-Type/26104411617.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>So apparently the r-d6 gets life in 2dr form as an xk perhaps? <p>Definitely a more radical design than I personally expected and if it's true I stand corrected. I'll be glad if they do that. My only criticism of the model pictured is that they should have put a modern interpretation of the e-types tailights to fit in with the rest of the tail-end's obvious reference. The eliptical housings of the original e-type were very cool.<p>I especially like the sketch.<p>I would posit that car designers actually do possess a certain style that tends to run throughout their careers that shines through in the collective personalities of all their creations. This is certainly true of the "great ones" like Battista and (later) Sergio Pininfarina, Fiorivanti, Marcello Gandini, Giugiaro, Harley Earl, William Mitchell, Chuck Jordan, Ettore Bugatti, Gabriel Voisin, etc. Their own characters are very evident throughout. While their creations may not all look the same, a certain aesthetic prevails.<p>So, I disagree partially with the sentiment that designers "can design cars that look different". Callum's creations definitely run in a certain vein.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>