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Cat on attack: The updated Jaguar S-Type Sport features imposing 18-inch alloy wheels and colour-coded trim.

Jaguar has given the S-Type Sport a more overtly sporting edge

3 May 2001

JAGUAR has launched an updated version of the S-Type Sport with more purposeful looks and better equipment levels.

The newcomer costs $99,900 but this includes a five-speed automatic transmission. Choosing the optional five-speed manual knocks $2000 off the price.

Jaguar Australia says it has specified the auto as standard equipment owing to strong demand for the self-shifter.

Visual clues that distinguish the revised S-Type Sport from its predecessor include the imposing 18-inch alloy wheels (previously 17-inch) and de-chromed exterior - the grille surround, bumper blades and number plate plinth are all the same colour as the rest of the car.

The sporting theme extends to the interior which is decked out in grey-stained maple veneers and dark-toned upper facia moulding and carpets.

Dynamic Stability Control, metallic paint, sports seats, floor mats and front fog lamps are also part of the standard equipment list.

Under the bonnet lurks a 3.0-litre, 24-valve V6 that generates 179kW at a heady 6800rpm and 300Nm at 4500rpm.

Jaguar says the S-Type Sport is pitched at youthful buyers, which explains its de-chromed body and chunky 18-inch, seven-spoke Monaco wheels.

Wrapped around the rims are Pirelli's high performance P Zero 245/40 tyres, which are claimed to provide excellent grip and give the Sport a distinctive road presence and steering feel.

The Jag's active safety levels benefit from Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), which links the anti-lock, traction control and steering systems to control the onset of oversteer by automatically applying the brakes to a combination of any of the four wheels.

Leather sports seats in a choice of four colours - Almond, Cashmere, Pewter and Warm Charcoal - are standard fitment. A leather-covered steering wheel is also standard.

Meanwhile, Jaguar has announced that voice activation is now available in the S-Type as a $2000 option.

This system allows the driver to activate a number of convenience systems in the car without taking their eyes off the road. It provides for voice control of primary audio functions (radio, cassette player and CD), telephone and climate control in a safe hands-free operation.

The driver controls the system via the Voice button on the left-hand side of the steering wheel. A directional microphone in the headlining, also used for the in-car telephone, picks up the voice commands.

Alternatively, the driver can opt to turn off the audible feedback and rely on the visual commands.

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