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Previously axed Jaguar could return as a GT special, say company officials
Jim Holder
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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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Rtfazeberdee 7 December 2014

I hope the XK carries on.

Jaguar seem to drop a GT as soon as its got to its best looking design, the XJS was the same. The E-type was the only one to be beautiful from birth. I'm not really fussed about the looks of the F-type, its nice enough but not as nice on the eyes as the current XK. It would be good to see the XK updated with all the new underpinnings of the XE/XF to make it more environmentally acceptable.
TheSaintmobile 5 December 2014

Well if the XK doing well why

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.
unionjack 5 December 2014

TheSaintmobile wrote:Well if

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.

lucretiacounsel 4 December 2014

Room for the XK

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.
unionjack 4 December 2014

A46 wrote:GT's are a halfway

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.

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