Previously axed Jaguar could return as a GT special, say company officials
4 December 2014

The Jaguar XK could be reborn as a more focused GT car, according to the man who was project leader for the car before it was canned this year, Russ Varney.

Varney, who also oversees development of the Jaguar F-type, said: “The heart of Jaguar is in sports cars, and that is why we will now regard the F-type as the halo product for all that we do. However, I don’t think that means the XK is dead necessarily.

“The car straddled the GT and sports car segment, with more of an emphasis on the GT side but probably not enough of an emphasis on the GT side. There is no reason the XK couldn’t exist today as a true contender in that GT segment.

“We have plans to do lots more with the F-type, and we expect it to cover a lot of bases, but there will still be other areas we want to cover. We need to find the right way to deliver on them, and the XK could be one way of doing that.”

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4 December 2014

understand the enthusiasm for the move to make ever faster XKs.
I had the last XKR and, frankly, it was just too big to be a proper sports car and in retrospect I should have bought the boggo XK. That's plenty fast enough for anyone wanting to waft down to the South of France in a day.
Not that this is a new story. Sure that Autocar itself carried impressions of what a Big Beemer coupe rival XK might look like. It's a good idea but I wouldn't have thought a priority!

4 December 2014

I think it makes perfect sense to replace the XK as a proper GT. The next version should be taken further upmarket, straddling the Mercedes SL / S class coupe / BMW 6 series space. The defining feature will have to be the overall elegance and comfort offered, in a modern package.

4 December 2014

I always thought the XK was/is a gorgeous car. So by all means bring it back without the pretensions of being a sportscar. BUT please do it on a newer chassis rather than the F-type's (which in itself used a chopped version of the XK chassis.... hence the excess weight).Use the new multipurpose chassis being introduced on the XE.

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4 December 2014
GeToD wrote:

I always thought the XK was/is a gorgeous car. So by all means bring it back without the pretensions of being a sportscar. BUT please do it on a newer chassis rather than the F-type's (which in itself used a chopped version of the XK chassis.... hence the excess weight).Use the new multipurpose chassis being introduced on the XE.

I presume the next version of the XK will be on the platform of the new XE / XF or perhaps on the next gen XJ platform, whatever that may be. The decision may depend on whether they propose to have 1 or 2 more large GTs emerge - one as a 2 door version / coupe of the XJ (like the Maserati GT) and a second version based on the XF - perhaps more akin to the BMW 6 series.

If the go for 2 larger coupes and add in the widely expected coupe version of the XE, they will end up with a "full" range consisting of 4 coupes (XE, XF and XJ based, and the F-Type), 3 saloons, 2 estates and an SUV.

4 December 2014

I had two original XK8s but by-passed the mark 2 XK when I saw how useless the boot space was; bought a 6 Series instead. Agree that there was no need for ridiculous and unusable amounts of power but a true grand tourer must offer decent space for up to four passengers and their luggage. Perhaps also a choice between petrol and diesel?

jhg

4 December 2014

With the new XJC, and XFC, along with a coupe version of the new XE, there is no room for an XK anymore, it would be too expensive to engineer for the very low numbers it could ever achieve.

4 December 2014

GT's are a halfway house car between coupes of saloons/hatches and sports cars. They're not intended to be as practical or offer as much space as conventional coupes, but they still offer more than sports cars. They also offer performance and grunt close to sports cars but at a more relaxed pace, while they offer a sharper drive than coupes but not quite as manic or as hardcore as sports cars. Ferrari has got this sorted with their GT, the California, which sits comfortably alongside their sports car and coupe, the 458 and FF respectively, while Mercedes does the same too with the SL, which sits alongside the S Class Coupe and the new GT prefectly. So even if Jaguar offers coupes of the XJ and next XF, in addition to the F Type, there is still room and a market for a XK. Jaguar just needs to stop pretending it's a sports car and keep it as a GT. And the fact that the XK was the best GT you could get alongside the Aston Martin DB9 is even better.

4 December 2014
A46 wrote:

GT's are a halfway house car between coupes of saloons/hatches and sports cars. They're not intended to be as practical or offer as much space as conventional coupes, but they still offer more than sports cars. They also offer performance and grunt close to sports cars but at a more relaxed pace, while they offer a sharper drive than coupes but not quite as manic or as hardcore as sports cars. Ferrari has got this sorted with their GT, the California, which sits comfortably alongside their sports car and coupe, the 458 and FF respectively, while Mercedes does the same too with the SL, which sits alongside the S Class Coupe and the new GT prefectly. So even if Jaguar offers coupes of the XJ and next XF, in addition to the F Type, there is still room and a market for a XK. Jaguar just needs to stop pretending it's a sports car and keep it as a GT. And the fact that the XK was the best GT you could get alongside the Aston Martin DB9 is even better.

I think the XK would be the XJ Coupe. I would be surprised if they did both.

5 December 2014

Well if the XK doing well why axed it. With The V8 engine nothing wrong. So are still axed or changing their mind? not too.

5 December 2014
TheSaintmobile wrote:

Well if the XK doing well why axed it. With The V8 engine nothing wrong. So are still axed or changing their mind? not too.

The old XK had to go as it was now 8 years old and demand had dropped considerably. I am sure an elegant, well positioned new model will do well.

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