Canvas-roofed version of new XK spotted on British roads
23 July 2005

Jaguar's all-new XK cabriolet is ready for the road, as these spy shots clearly show. Reader Matthew Crowther caught the stylish drop-top pulling into a pub car park in Ripponden near Halifax in West Yorkshire. Unfortunately, the engineers got cover over the interior before Crowther could get a snap, but ha managed to get these excellent pictures of the exterior showing the cabrio's close resemblance to the recently launched Aston Martin DB9 Volante.

Both the coupe and cabriolet versions of the XK are expected to make their debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September before going on sale in February of next year. Jaguar is sticking to the traditional route of seperate tin-top and canvas-roofed versions rather than following the current fashion of cars such as the Mercedes-Benz SL with a folding steel hardtop roof. A lip spoiler and twin tailpipes are also clearly visible, though the heavy disguise hides the expected aluminium vents in the front wings.

The car's styling is expected to stick closely to the ALC concept presented at the Detroit show earlier this year, with the coupe featuring a useful hatchback, and all-aluminium construction should keep weight down to ensure a much more agile drive than the current car.

Our Verdict

Jaguar XK

A smooth, svelte all-rounder which can equally cosset and thrill

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