Jaguar’s 2010 XK comes in a coupe and a convertible model, each with either the naturally aspirated 5.0 liter V8 or the supercharged 5.0 liter V8 engine. The standard model engine gets an average 19 mpg in the coupe and 18 mpg in the convertible while the supercharged 5.0 V8 engine averages 17 mpg in both the coupe and convertible models. These engines are new for the 2010 lineup.
Customer complaints of the older XKs being underpowered are addressed in the 2010 model by replacing the old 300 horsepower engine with the new 5.0 liter 385 horsepower engine. This new direct injected V8 serves up more power than other cars in its class, generating more excitement over the XK than it has had in years. The supercharged version offers improvements to, bumping up power from a mere 410 horsepower in previous years to 510 horsepower in the new engine. This engine also produces more torque than others in its class: 380 foot pounds at 3,500 rpm for the standard version and 461 foot pounds at 2,500 rpm – 5,500 rpm for the supercharged version. The XKs 5.0 liter engine is made with a 92.5 mm bore and a 93 mm stroke. The compression ratio for the supercharged model is 9.5 to 1 while the standard engine has a compression ratio of 11.5 to 1.
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The front fascia has been highlighted by bi-xenon light-sensitive headlamps with washers, chrome fog lamp bezels and rain-sensing wipers. Further back is a new spoiler to convey a performance-orientated appearance.
At the heart of every V8 is an eight-cylinder, 4196 cc supercharged intercooled V90 petrol-engine that is mated to a six-gear automatic gearbox. The power is directed to the car’s 20-inch alloy wheels which are shod in 255/35 R20 high-performance rubber. What’s unique about the V8′s power plant is the fact that the British luxury car maker made sure that it would be a ‘green’ car with relatively low CO2 emissions. Aside from being eco-friendly the new V8 is also highly fuel efficient with ratings pegged at 18.6/100km for city driving and 9/100km for the highway.
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The car manufacturer, Jaguar, will return to competitive competition in 2010 with the news that the company is making an assault on the Le Mans 24 hour race. It will in fact be exactly 20 years since the team last won the race with the classic Silk Cut sponsored XJR-12 cars which managed to sweep the podium positions and at the same time their opposition into the dust.
This announcement has had a significant effect on the amount of Jaguar merchandise that has been flying off the shelves much to the companies delight. The last time that Jaguar merchandise was selling so well would have been when the company had a Formula One project either as an engine supplier to Jackie Stewarts project or when they bought it out themselves and decided to run under the company name.