Geneva '08 Preview: 2009 Jaguar XKR Portfolio

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The Jaguar XKR is already one of our favorite sports-coupes, but just in case it needed some extra visual oomph, Jaguar is coming to Geneva with the new 2009 Portfolio edition. Admittedly more style than substance, the updated Portfolio package picks up where the 2008 version left off. That means an array of visual enhancements to make this one sophisticated cat, but also a few substantial upgrades to the standard XKR including bigger wheels and upgraded brakes.

Available for order now in either coupe or convertible form, the 2009 XKR Portfolio gets unique Shadow Grey metallic paint with contrasting milled aluminum side-vents, and special 20-inch "Selena" alloys barely hiding the 400mm front/350mm rear brake discs clamped by bright red six-pot calipers up front and four-pots in the rear. Inside the sumptuous leather seats come in either charcoal with cranberry twin-needle topstitching or ivory with slate stitching, offset by either oak vaneers or engine-turned aluminum with a piano-black lacquered instrument panel, and Alston headliner. The XKR Portfolio also gets the 525-watt Bowers & Wilkins sound system and a host of special Portfolio badging inside and out. Along with the Portfolio edition, the 2009 XK range also gets some new standard equipment, including iPod and USB connections, air quality sensor, front park assist and power folding mirrors.

Check out the press release after the jump for all the details and the high-resolution images in the gallery below for all the angles.

[Source: Jaguar]


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 include
o Exclusive Shadow Grey metallic paint color
o 20-inch Selena alloy wheels with a unique shadow finish and red Jaguar 'Heritage' center badge
o A choice of dark grey or black hood colors for the convertible
o Milled aluminum power vents
o Portfolio trunk lid signature badge
o 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 includes
o 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 stitching
o A choice of new Rich Oak veneer or Engine Spin Aluminum fascia finish, the latter with Piano Black instrument panel
o Alloy and leather gear selector and alloy gate surround
o Unique tread plates with Portfolio script and leather edged carpet mats
o Alston luxury headlining
o 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.

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