Jaguar has revealed the muscular shape of its new XK8 sports car, with this handsome new concept at the Detroit motor show. Called the Advanced Lightweight Coupé (ALC), the concept is about 80 per cent representative of the new XK, on sale in January 2006, and differs only slightly in some dimensions and design details.
‘When you see the new XK, you’ll see a clear link between the two,’ said senior design manager Giles Taylor, responsible for both this concept and the production XK.
The new XK will have classic coupé proportions, with a long bonnet and swept-back windscreen ahead of a teardrop-shaped cabin, and featuring a sharply-raked rear three-quarter. Inside is an all-new fascia.
Although this concept was an engineering mock-up, the production car is known to feature a version of the XJ’s riveted alloy body and its wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. In the metal, the concept appears significantly different to today’s XK, yet still sensibly restrained for a market that generally has conservative tastes. Next to a BMW M6, Mercedes SL or Porsche 911, the XK will look elegant and mature, albeit much tougher than today’s model.
‘This is Jaguar design moving on as it should do,’ said Ian Callum, Jaguar’s chief of design. ‘The new look is about power and elegance using clear, pure surfaces. Look at all our great cars in the past and they were muscular and taut, as well as subtle and curvaceous.’
A few millimetres longer than today’s 4.76m XK8, the D C concept and new XK share a much longer (by 162mm) 2750m wheelbase. This pushes the wheels to each corner; with a wider stance (1900mm compared to 1830mm) but similar height (1300mm) this gives a more squat appearance.