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

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.

jonboy4969 4 December 2014

With the new XJC, and XFC,

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.