Geneva Preview: 2009 Jaguar XKR Portfolio Special Edition

Set to go on sale in selected markets from June 2008, the 2009 Jaguar XKR 420 HP Portfolio is a special edition version featuring an array of visual enhancements. Available in both Coupe and Roadster bodystyles, the Portfolio stands out thanks to the exclusive Shadow Grey metallic paint color, the new 20’’ alloy wheels, the milled aluminium power vents and finally, the Alcon R Performance braking system with red callipers.

Likewise, the interior boasts a series of unique features such as the contrast stitched leather to the seats, instrument panel, center console, door inners, rear side panels and steering – in a choice of either Charcoal with Cranberry twin needle stitching or Ivory with Slate twin needle stitching. –Details and pics after the jump

Press Release:

XKR Portfolio Special Edition

The Jaguar XKR Portfolio is an exceptional sports car defined by dramatic beauty and effortless performance. Available as either convertible or coupe, and built in limited numbers, the XKR Portfolio adds highly crafted levels of luxury, premium equipment and exclusivity.

• Portfolio is a name that defines a series of highly luxurious special edition vehicles from Jaguar. Following on from the success of the first XKR Portfolio model launched in 2007, the 2009 MY XKR Portfolio, shown for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2008, goes on sale in selected markets from June 2008

• Advanced lightweight aluminum body construction, 420bhp supercharged 4.2 liter V8 engine and six-speed Jaguar Sequential Shift Transmission with paddleshift gear change for driver-focused dynamic performance

• Exterior sporting cues includeo Exclusive Shadow Grey metallic paint coloro 20-inch Selena alloy wheels with a unique shadow finish and red Jaguar ‘Heritage’ center badgeo A choice of dark grey or black hood colors for the convertibleo Milled aluminum power ventso Portfolio trunk lid signature badgeo Alcon® R Performance braking system with red calipers – 400mm six-pot front/ 350mm four-pot rear – the largest ever fitted to a production Jaguar

• The unique interior specification includeso Soft-grain, contrast stitched leather to the 16-way seats, instrument panel, center console, door inners, rear side panels and steering – in a choice of either Charcoal with Cranberry twin needle stitching or Ivory with Slate twin needle stitchingo A choice of new Rich Oak veneer or Engine Spin Aluminum fascia finish, the latter with Piano Black instrument panelo Alloy and leather gear selector and alloy gate surroundo Unique tread plates with Portfolio script and leather edged carpet matso Alston luxury headliningo Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system, with 525W Premium audio, featuring low distortion Kevlar mid-range speakers and aluminum dome speakers, designed and tuned specifically for XK

Following the success of the special edition XKR Portfolio last year, Jaguar’s design team has created a new XKR Portfolio – available in June 2008 – combining distinctive styling with luxurious interior touches to create a model that is a supreme Grand Tourer with the performance and dynamics of a true sports car.

“The Jaguar XKR epitomizes Jaguar’s commitment to creating beautiful, fast cars. The XKR Portfolio has been crafted using exquisite modern materials – from the use of aluminum inside and out to the stylish cabin’s soft-grain leather with twin-needle stitching, hand-crafted veneers and luxury Alston headlining,” commented Design Director Ian Callum.

Complementing the carefully considered interior, the XKR Portfolio enhances the already powerful sporting styling cues of the XKR with an exclusive Shadow Grey exterior paint and new 20-inch Selena alloy wheels with a unique shadow finish and a red Jaguar ‘Heritage’ center badge, coupled with Alcon R Performance brakes with red calipers.

Every XKR benefits from its advanced aluminum construction, which ensures that it’s striking looks are matched by a dynamic, lightweight chassis. Powered by a 420bhp 4.2 liter V8 supercharged engine, the XKR delivers excellent performance, supremely confident handling and excellent stopping power.

XKR Portfolio’s Alcon R Performance braking system is the result of close collaboration between leading brake manufacturer Alcon and Jaguar’s engineers who together carried out extensive testing at Jaguar’s specialist engineering center, based at the Nurburgring in Germany. Boasting the largest brake discs ever fitted to a production Jaguar – with 400mm front brake discs and powerful six-piston callipers, while at the rear four-piston callipers operate on 350mm discs – the XKR Portfolio’s brakes produce fade-free performance time and time again whilst maintaining Jaguar’s renowned blend of refinement and stopping power.

A sumptuous blend of luxury and sporting cues further differentiate the XKR Portfolio’s interior from the XKR with the choice of a new Rich Oak veneer or Engine Spin Aluminum with Piano Black center console and soft-grain, contrast stitched leather throughout the cabin. An alloy and leather gear selector with alloy surround, unique tread plates with Portfolio script and Alston luxury headlining complete the bespoke feel of the interior.

Taking Jaguar’s 525W Premium Audio system with Pro Logic II surround sound as a starting point, Bowers & Wilkins have tuned a signature speaker system specifically for the XKR Portfolio’s cabin. High output, low distortion Kevlar mid-range speakers and specially designed aluminum-dome tweeters deliver superb mid-range and extended high-frequency responses.

The Jaguar XKR Portfolio is available to order now.

2009MY XK

Available from April 2008 production, Jaguar has also extended the appeal of its award-winning XK and XKR even further with feature enhancements across the range.

For 2009 model year, both the XK and XKR models feature as standard the introduction of iPod and USB connectivity and the standard fitment of an air quality sensor, front park assist and electrochromic and heated power fold-back mirrors.

iPod and USB connectivity joins the extensive list of standard technology features for the XK range with functionality and play lists controlled via the intuitive Touch-screen. For other MP3 devices, connected via the USB port and configured as mass storage devices, functionality is also controlled via the Touch-screen.

A new color is also added to the palette – Ultimate Black, replacing Midnight from June 2008.

Via: Autoblog.com , Source: Jaguar

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