2009 Jaguar XKR Portfolio – ’08 Geneva Preview
Finally some news about Jaguar. I was beginning to believe that the British-based automaker will not show up for the Geneva Motor Show, but they surprised us with a press release. Their latest project is called Jaguar XKR Portfolio and it will be available in either Coupe or Convertible version. The 2009 Portfolio will have its debut at Geneva Motor Show next month and it will be available for shipping as of June 2008.
The sports car will feature lightweight aluminum body, 4.2-liter supercharged V8 engine which produces 420 HP and the 6-speed Jaguar Sequential Shift Transmission with paddle-shift gear change. For the exterior they prepared exclusive grey metallic painting, 20-inch Selena wheels, Portfolio trunk signature and Alcon’s Performance braking system.
The interior will feature Soft-grain leather, instrument panel, Rich Oak veneer or Engine Spin Aluminum fascia, alloy and leather shifter and 525W Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system with speakers specially designed for the 2009 XKR Special Edition.
For the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar also announced the 2009MY XK which will be available beginning of April 2008. We can’t wait to see the final products as the Geneva Motor Show is getting closer and closer.
Follow the gallery and the press release after the jump.
XKR Portfolio Special Edition
The Jaguar XKR Portfolio is an exceptional sports car defined by dramatic beauty and effortless performance. Available as either convertible or coupe, and built in limited numbers, the XKR Portfolio adds highly crafted levels of luxury, premium equipment and exclusivity.
• Portfolio is a name that defines a series of highly luxurious special edition vehicles from Jaguar. Following on from the success of the first XKR Portfolio model launched in 2007, the 2009 MY XKR Portfolio, shown for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2008, goes on sale in selected markets from June 2008
• Advanced lightweight aluminum body construction, 420bhp supercharged 4.2 liter V8 engine and six-speed Jaguar Sequential Shift Transmission with paddleshift gear change for driver-focused dynamic performance
• Exterior sporting cues include
o Exclusive Shadow Grey metallic paint color
o 20-inch Selena alloy wheels with a unique shadow finish and red Jaguar ‘Heritage’ center badge
o A choice of dark grey or black hood colors for the convertible
o Milled aluminum power vents
o Portfolio trunk lid signature badge
o Alcon® R Performance braking system with red calipers – 400mm six-pot front/ 350mm four-pot rear – the largest ever fitted to a production Jaguar
• The unique interior specification includes
o Soft-grain, contrast stitched leather to the 16-way seats, instrument panel, center console, door inners, rear side panels and steering – in a choice of either Charcoal with Cranberry twin needle stitching or Ivory with Slate twin needle stitching
o A choice of new Rich Oak veneer or Engine Spin Aluminum fascia finish, the latter with Piano Black instrument panel
o Alloy and leather gear selector and alloy gate surround
o Unique tread plates with Portfolio script and leather edged carpet mats
o Alston luxury headlining
o Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system, with 525W Premium audio, featuring low distortion Kevlar mid-range speakers and aluminum dome speakers, designed and tuned specifically for XK
Following the success of the special edition XKR Portfolio last year, Jaguar’s design team has created a new XKR Portfolio – available in June 2008 – combining distinctive styling with luxurious interior touches to create a model that is a supreme Grand Tourer with the performance and dynamics of a true sports car.
“The Jaguar XKR epitomizes Jaguar’s commitment to creating beautiful, fast cars. The XKR Portfolio has been crafted using exquisite modern materials – from the use of aluminum inside and out to the stylish cabin’s soft-grain leather with twin-needle stitching, hand-crafted veneers and luxury Alston headlining,” commented Design Director Ian Callum.
Complementing the carefully considered interior, the XKR Portfolio enhances the already powerful sporting styling cues of the XKR with an exclusive Shadow Grey exterior paint and new 20-inch Selena alloy wheels with a unique shadow finish and a red Jaguar ‘Heritage’ center badge, coupled with Alcon R Performance brakes with red calipers.
Every XKR benefits from its advanced aluminum construction, which ensures that it’s striking looks are matched by a dynamic, lightweight chassis. Powered by a 420bhp 4.2 liter V8 supercharged engine, the XKR delivers excellent performance, supremely confident handling and excellent stopping power.
XKR Portfolio’s Alcon R Performance braking system is the result of close collaboration between leading brake manufacturer Alcon and Jaguar’s engineers who together carried out extensive testing at Jaguar’s specialist engineering center, based at the Nurburgring in Germany. Boasting the largest brake discs ever fitted to a production Jaguar – with 400mm front brake discs and powerful six-piston callipers, while at the rear four-piston callipers operate on 350mm discs – the XKR Portfolio’s brakes produce fade-free performance time and time again whilst maintaining Jaguar’s renowned blend of refinement and stopping power.
A sumptuous blend of luxury and sporting cues further differentiate the XKR Portfolio’s interior from the XKR with the choice of a new Rich Oak veneer or Engine Spin Aluminum with Piano Black center console and soft-grain, contrast stitched leather throughout the cabin. An alloy and leather gear selector with alloy surround, unique tread plates with Portfolio script and Alston luxury headlining complete the bespoke feel of the interior.
Taking Jaguar’s 525W Premium Audio system with Pro Logic II surround sound as a starting point, Bowers & Wilkins have tuned a signature speaker system specifically for the XKR Portfolio’s cabin. High output, low distortion Kevlar mid-range speakers and specially designed aluminum-dome tweeters deliver superb mid-range and extended high-frequency responses.
The Jaguar XKR Portfolio is available to order now.
Available from April 2008 production, Jaguar has also extended the appeal of its award-winning XK and XKR even further with feature enhancements across the range.
For 2009 model year, both the XK and XKR models feature as standard the introduction of iPod and USB connectivity and the standard fitment of an air quality sensor, front park assist and electrochromic and heated power fold-back mirrors.
iPod and USB connectivity joins the extensive list of standard technology features for the XK range with functionality and play lists controlled via the intuitive Touch-screen. For other MP3 devices, connected via the USB port and configured as mass storage devices, functionality is also controlled via the Touch-screen.
A new color is also added to the palette – Ultimate Black, replacing Midnight from June 2008.