• Jul 23rd 2008 at 4:41PM
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Click for a hi-res gallery of the Jaguar XK convertible

When Jaguar launched the current-generation XK in all its feline ferocity, it reportedly promised that the car would only be offered with gasoline engines. But that was a couple of years ago, around the same time that Audi began to dominate Le Mans racing with its R10 TDI, when BMW put the 3-liter turbodiesel into the 6 Series, but more importantly, before the current fuel crunch made consumers reexamine the prospect of driving a diesel sportscar.

That's why reports now suggest that Jaguar is preparing a diesel version of the XK. Based on the 2.7-liter V6 turbodiesel used in its sedans, the XK is tipped to receive a more powerful 3-liter version with 250 hp – still short of the BMW 635d's 290, but still capable of returning over 30 mpg with torque to spare. Whether the diesel XK would make it to the American market remains doubtful, however.

[Source: Autocar]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      BRING IT.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A diesel anything isn't a bad idea as long as it performs (in a sports car) and doesn't clatter like crazy. I mean, look at the Audi R8 diesel. It's fast AND a cool car!
        • 7 Years Ago
        or the a5 tdi - a fraction slower than the s5 with dramatically better mpg, I'd be hard pressed to take an so over it with it's high 30s mpg and buckets full of torque.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like Jag is definitely moving in the right direction these days. I'd like to see this happen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car looks a hot mess. An ugly FordJag doing an impression of an Aston.

      Definitely does not remind me of the XF's design direction, either.