• Oct 3, 2007


Click the image above to see a gallery of Arden Jaguar XKR A20 images

We have heard plenty of people wishing that the Jaguar XKR had more power. And while we've also heard of people who weren't sold on its styling, we have never heard of anyone wish the car had an aftermarket body kit appended. So Arden's latest work on the Jaguar XKR is bittersweet, as the company giveth the power, but taketh away the elegance.

The engine is enlarged from 4.2 to 4.5 liters using a specially made crankshaft, and it also gets new con-rods and pistons, an altered exhaust and a revised intake. The tweaks give the car 480 BHP and 472 ft-lb. New, progressive-rate springs lower the car 1.2 inches, all the better to fit over some hot wheels (they did get that part right).

Outside is all vents, bulges, scoops, and slots. Regardless of its brutishness, the body kit does help the car slide through the air from 0-60 in just over 4 seconds, on to a 177 MPH top speed. That makes it the fastest Jaguar coupe around, and that's got to be worth something: specifically, 160,650.00 euros. Ouch. Follow the jump for the full press release, and be sure to check out the gallery of hi-res images.

[Source: 4 Wheels Blog]


PRESS RELEASE:

Arden rebuilds this eight-cylinder engine from scratch and sharpens the claws of this big cat by increasing its displacement.

The displacement increase to 4.5 l is achieved by fitting a crankshaft specially produced for Arden, along with new con rods and pistons. Arden elicits an impressive 480 bhp / 353 kW and an awesome torque of 640 Nm at 3.850 rpm from its supercharged 4.5 l V8 engine.

The Arden body modification underlines not only the powerful character of the Arden XK AJ20 but it also increases the aerodynamic efficiency of this real sport car.
The aerodynamic was intensively tested and optimised in the wind tunnel with the effect of a better air drag coefficient combined with higher down force for superb handling.

While testing the AJ 20 on the high speed course at ATP Papenburg a top speed of 305 km/h makes the XK AJ 20 Coupe the fastest Jaguar currently on the road.

ARDEN XK A20 TECHNICAL DATA

Kerb weight 1720 Kg
Capacity 4169 ccm
Max. power 306 kW (416 PS)
Acceleration
0-100 km/h 4,1 sec

Equipment
Vehicle Color on demand
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Body Arden AJ20 Bodykit, air-vents, Arden bootlid spoiler, Arden mirror indicators
Exhaust Arden complete high-performance exhaust system
Wheels Arden Sportline Wheel 3-piece 9J x 21"/10,5J x 21"
Interior aluminium pedal set incl. footrest, Jaguar Luxury-Sport-Package

Price incl. VAT: 160.650,00 EUR
Net price: 135.000,00 EUR



I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 17 Comments
      • 7 Years Ago
      Tiburon G35 on steroids
      • 7 Years Ago
      not that it matters, but I have a 645, a 4.5 liter bmw motor. And it only cranks out about 325HP, and 330ft-lb torque. Why can't BMW do the same thing? I thought BMW were suppose to be the "Gods of Car Motors" :) I need more HP.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ooops!! hehe, I missed it there. It's supercharged. That explains it. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it, looks like a tasteful OEM bodykit and also the bump in power is always good.....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow. That is one sure way of making an OK looking car so much more fugly.

      Looks like a ricer got hold of a Jag...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love the new XK, and I've always liked what Arden does with Jag/LR. However, I think they missed something this time, I'm not feeling the front bumper at all. The sides are also pretty stupid. The rear-end is sexy on the XK no matter what you do to it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      pretty sure the jag looks like an aston martin now haha
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not digging the Honda Civic Fast and Furious body. The XKR is a great looking car as is but more performance in a great loooking car is always appreciated.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow. That bodykit looks really cheap. :| It almost looks homemade. Also, I doubt it 'helps' the car do anything. All those slots and scoops and crap just increase drag, slowing the car down. I bet you the factory car has a lower drag coefficient.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not bad. less chrome could be good or bad, based on taste.

      The rear bumper and the sides look great, IMHO. The profile shot is clearly the XK's best side. most photos don't show how sleek this car is.

      The arden front bumper is not any worse than the XKR's stock front bumper, but not all that much better. It looks like they replaced the fog lights with vertical slots that look a bit tacked-on.

      I never liked how flat the front of the stock XKR bumper is, in the grille area. the headlights and sides are canted back, but the grille opening is too flat across the front, and two dimensional, compared to the rest of the bodywork.

      The wheels are not that good looking, IMHO. BBS CH, or Piaa Supermesh Forged wheels in staggered fitment would look fantastic on this lowered car.

      Now, just a manual, or F1-style or DSG automated manual transmission, (not just a shift controller on a hydraulic automatic trans) and this would be a fantastic GT coupe, and a bit more practical than the also fantastic Aston V8 Vantage sportscar.
      • 7 Years Ago
      it's nice, meaning there are nice looking design cues, but why do you guys need to make it look like a stupidly looking Porsche?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The grille is nice........
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thanks!

        Aero 9000 wheels rule!
        • 7 Years Ago
        So is your Saab 3 spoke wheel. :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is Jaguar trying to be Aston Martin now?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Beats looking like a Taurus.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ian Callum designed this Jaguar. Callum designed the Vanquish before leaving Aston and joining Jaguar. Is Jaguar trying to look like Aston Martin?

        I think the more appropriate question is - when will Aston Martin stop trying to facelift Callum's original Vanquish design (eg DBS, Rapide concept) and do something new?

        I agree the grille would be a good OEM update in a year or two. Just like the original E-type, keep the same beautiful lines just change up the grille. Can't imagine they don't do the same given the E-type heritage thats so blatantly obvious in the design.
    • Load More Comments