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Jag prices XK two-doors

ExKay: Jaguar's new flagship coupe and convertible go on sale here in June.

Jaguar prices its new XK coupe and convertible, which made its Oz debut in Melbourne

17 Feb 2006

JAGUAR has revealed pricing for the all-new XK coupe and convertible models it will release Down Under in June.

Thirty one per cent more rigid than its predecessor and 90kg lighter at 1635kg, the alloy-chassis XK convertible made its Australian debut last week at the Melbourne motor show - direct from its Detroit show debut last month - where it received a $221,900 pricetag.

Meantime, the all-new XK coupe – also available only with a six-speed auto – will be priced at $199,900.

The XK Roadster’s lavish powered triple-lined fabric lid opens and closes in less than 18 seconds and stows under an aluminium tonneau, while its 4.2-litre V8 delivers a 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h.

Jaguar Australia says that strong US demand has made just 40 examples available to it in 2006 (split 50/50 between coupe and convertible) – half the number it would have imported.

Expect a 298kW 4.2-litre V8-powered XKR version here by early 2007, following a possible Birmingham show debut.

Meantime, company chief David Blackhall said production examples of the 435Nm 2.7-litre V6 turbo-diesel S-Type sedan that will go on sale in April are on the water, and will be priced at $101,490.

Carrying 2006 updates such as new 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth compatibility and 10-way power seat adjustment, the diesel S-Type won’t be joined by an oil-burning X-Type as it’s not available with the automatic transmission Australians favour.

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