As the Jaguar XK approaches the end of the road, the British carmaker marks the moment with special edition models. Following the Jaguar XK66 Special Edition destined for Germany, the U.S. will get its own limited edition model, called XK Final Fifty.
Announced at the New York Auto Show, the Jaguar XK Final Fifty is based on the 510hp XKR model and will be limited to 25 coupes and 25 convertibles. As the name suggests, these models will be the last 50 XK models produced for the U.S. market. They will be built during the summer of 2014 and will reach showrooms in early fall.
All Jaguar XK Final Fifty models will be painted Ultimate Black, with the Convertible featuring a black top. Styling touches include the louvered hood from the limited-production XKR-S GT model – a design highlight that was inspired by the classic E-Type. Inside, each of these limited edition models is identified by a special badge on the center console and an inscribed doorsill tread-plate.
Performance-wise, the XK Final Fifty limited edition will be equipped as standard with both the Dynamic Pack and Performance Pack that are normally optional for XKR models. The Dynamic Pack brings special side sills, a rear diffuser and larger rear wing for improved aerodynamics, with the XK able to reach a 174 mph (280 km/h) limited top track speed capability, compared to the 155 mph (250 km/h) limited top speed of the standard XKR. The XK Final Fifty can accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.6 seconds.
The car also adopts chassis features and tuning from the Jaguar XKR-S model, including a 10 mm (0.39 in) reduction in ride height, forged and fully machined front suspension components with dedicated spring and damper settings and an upgraded Adaptive Dynamics suspension system. The Dynamic Pack also adds “Vortex” 20-inch forged wheels.
The Performance Pack includes Performance seats in Diamond Sewn stitch pattern, Performance Active Exhaust and a Jet Suedecloth steering wheel.
By Dan Mihalascu