Με τις φήμες να την θέλουν να μπαίνει στο χρηματιστήριο αφού αξίζει πλέον περισσότερο από 14 δις δολάρια, η Jaguar παρουσίασε στην έκθεση του Πεκίνου την XJ Ultimate καθώς και δύο νέους κινητήρες βενζίνης, τον 2.0λιτρο I4 turbo απόδοσης 240 ίππων καθώς και τον κομπρεσοράτο 3.0-λιτρο V6 απόδοσης 340 ίππων ο οποίος θα τοποθετηθεί στις XF και XJ, ενώ μια έκδοση 380 ίππων, θα τοποθετηθεί και στη νέα F-Type που θα παρουσιαστεί στην έκθεση του Παρισιού τον Σεπτέμβριο.
Η Jaguar XJ Ultimate είναι μια άκρως πολυτελή έκδοση της ναυαρχίδας της Jaguar η οποία στο εσωτερικό διαθέτει μαύρες δερμάτινες επενδύσεις, iPads, οθόνες στα προσκέφαλα των μπροστά καθισμάτων, ένα πτυσσόμενο τραπεζάκι όπου υπάρχουν θέσεις για ποτήρια σαμπάνιας, το μπουκάλι της οποίας βρίσκεται τοποθετημένο μέσα σε μια ειδική υποδοχή στα πίσω καθίσματα. Επίσης υπάρχει ένα νέο ηχοσύστημα με 20 ηχεία, νέα διακοσμητικά από αλουμίνιο και χρώμιο και LED κρυφός φωτισμός.
Η έκδοση είναι διαθέσιμη με 3 κινητήρες, με τον νέο κομπρεσοράτο 3.0-λιτρο V6 απόδοσης 340 ίππων, με τον 3.0-λιτρο V6 turbοdiesel και τον κομπρεσοράτο 5.0-λιτρο V8 βενζίνης οι οποίοι συνδυάζονται αποκλειστικά με 8-τάχυτο κιβώτιο. Φορά νέα ανάρτηση, πατά πάνω σε 20″ Maroa ζάντες αλουμινίου και είναι διαθέσιμο σε ότι χρώμα το επιθυμεί ο πελάτης.
Σε ότι αφορά τους κινητήρες. Ο 2.0-λιτρος I4 turbo είναι χωρητικότητας 1.999 κ.εκ και αποδίδει 240 άλογα με 340 Nm ροπής. Το ίδιο μπλοκ έχει χρησιμοποιεί και στο Range Rover Evoque και στον Volvo T5 που φορά το V6 και βασίζεται πάνω στον 2.0-λιτρο Ford Ecoboost. Ο κινητήρας θα αντικασταστήσει τον ατμοσφαιρικό V6 3.0-λίτρων και θα τοποθετηθεί στις XF και XJ.
Ο 3.0-λιτρος V6 βασίζεται πάνω στον 5.0-λιτρο V8 και θα είναι διαθέσιμος σε δύο εκδόσεις, 340 και 380 ίππων με 450 και 460 Nm ροπής αντίστοιχα, με την γρήγορη έκδοση να τοποθετείτε στη νέα F-Type, παράγοντας 127 άλογα ανά λίτρο, τα περισσότερα από κάθε άλλο κινητήρα της Jaguar. H μικρή έκδοση των 340 ίππων θα το τοποθετηθεί στις XF και XJ.
Και οι δύο συνδυάζονται αποκλειστικά με 8-τάχυτο αυτόματο κιβώτιο, ενώ ο 3.0-λιτρος V6 διαθέτει και σύστημα Start/Stop. Αναλυτικότερες λεπτομέρειες μπορείς να βρεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.
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Jaguar at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition
Jaguar at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition
Beijing, 23rd April 2012: Jaguar unveils the XJ Ultimate, announces two new forced-induction petrol engines and releases further details of the F-TYPE sports car
- The XJ Ultimate- the new pinnacle of the XJ range – makes its global debut
- Two new forced-induction engines; the 240PS2.0-litre I4 Turbocharged Petrol and the 340PS 3.0-litre V6 Supercharged Petrol are announced and will feature in the XF and XJ saloons
- A 380PS version of the 3.0-litre V6 Supercharged Petrol will additionally be available exclusively in the forthcoming F-TYPE sports car
- Also shown was the C-X16, the concept which led to the acceleration of Jaguar’s plans to bring the F-TYPE to production
Today at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition Jaguar unveiled the XJ Ultimate. With discreet exterior changes and a sumptuous interior specification, the XJ Ultimate represents the pinnacle of the luxurious, innovative, XJ experience with heightened levels of opulence for rear-seat passengers.
Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar, said: “The XJ Ultimate embodies the sophisticated glamour that Jaguar is renowned for. Its luxurious interior creates a unique atmosphere that reflects the status of its owners.”
Surprise and delight features within the XJ Ultimate include individually-tailored rear seats with power adjustment and massage functions, an electrically-powered business table machined from solid aluminium, integrated iPad® functionality, an exclusive Meridian Surround audio system, and even a champagne chiller.
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, added: “The XJ Ultimate is a car for individuals who understand the value of discretion. The design changes offer subtly stylish clues as to its bespoke interior environment.”
Also announced were two additions to Jaguar’s engine line-up, both of which have particular relevance to theChinamarket: the four-cylinder 2.0-litre I4 240 Turbocharged Petrol and the 3.0-litre V6 340
Supercharged Petrol. Both engines will drive through eight-speed automatic transmissions and make intelligent use of forced-induction technology for high specific output that’s efficiently delivered, the V6 also being offered with Jaguar’s Stop-Start system.
In addition to offering enhanced customer appeal in China – a market in which Jaguar sales have increased by 156 per cent in the first quarter of 2012 alone – their introduction will further improve the appeal of the XF and XJ ranges in other key global markets.
Said Bob Grace, President Jaguar Land Rover, China: “Since their respective launches the XF and XJ saloons have won a combined total of 214 global awards and achieved considerable sales success. The China market, in particular, has embraced this current generation of contemporary Jaguar saloons, and the addition of the 2.0-litre I4 Ti 240 and 3.0-litre V6 S/C 340 engines will further enhance their appeal.”
The 3.0-litre V6 S/C will also be available in 380PS form exclusively in the forthcoming F-TYPE sports car which was recently announced in New York. Shown in Beijing was the C-X16, the concept which led to the acceleration of the F-TYPE programme. The F-TYPE will join Jaguar’s existing range of cars – the XF saloon and Sportbrake, XJ saloon and XK coupe/convertible. Full F-TYPE technical and range details will be announced later in 2012. It will go on sale in mid 2013.
JAGUAR XJ ULTIMATE
- The XJ Ultimate represents the pinnacle of the luxurious, innovative XJ experience with heightened levels of opulence for rear-seat passengers
- Two individually tailored rear seats are trimmed in semi-aniline premium natural leather with power adjustment and recline, lumbar support, massage function and climate controls
- A rear business table, machined from solid aluminium with piano black trim, powers into position at the touch of a button
- A pair of bespoke champagne flutes resides in a dedicated storage area beneath the powered table
- A champagne chiller between the rear seats cools the bottle to the perfect temperature and automatically presents it when the cabinet is opened
- A full-length, leather-trimmed centre console features phosphor blue accent lighting and stowage areas to extend the car’s business usability
- Each rear-seat passenger is provided with an iPad® and keyboard, housed and charged in dedicated leather-trimmed docks in the rear of the front seats
- A 15-channel, 20-speaker surround sound system engineered specifically for the XJ by British audio specialistsMeridiangives an unparalleled audiophile listening experience
- Rear-seat entertainment package with twin headrest-mounted screens and wireless headphones
- Exclusive interior finishes including Herringbone veneer, machined aluminium and bespoke LED lighting
- To underline its purpose in ensuring that passengers remain cosseted at all times, the XJ Ultimate features revisions to the suspension to optimise rear ride compliance
- The first 20 XJ Ultimate models will be finished in Celestial Black, but customers can choose to have their car colour-matched to any shade of their choice
- Discreet external detailing and badging differentiates the Ultimate from other XJ variants
- Unique 20-inch ‘Maroa’ forged alloy wheels feature both technical grey and highly polished finishes
- The XJ Ultimate is the first Jaguar to be announced that will be available with a new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine
- The XJ Ultimate can also be specified with Jaguar’s existing 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine, and its 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged diesel. All powertrains drive through eight-speed transmissions
The flagship Jaguar XJ ushered in a new interpretation of the company’s established reputation for dramatic design and – with its lightweight aluminium architecture – responsible performance. Now, the XJ Ultimate focuses on two further Jaguar hallmarks: innovation and luxury, extending the model’s emotive appeal.
Based exclusively on the long-wheelbase XJ, the interior changes applied to the Ultimate focus on the rear accommodation, extending the car’s limousine remit to provide a fully-appointed luxury business class experience for the most discerning of global customers. The XJ Ultimate offers the appointments of a private jet in a package to suit a wide range of requirements.
A full-length, leather-trimmed centre console separates the two individually tailored rear seats which feature power adjustment, ventilation, massage and lumbar functions. A table, machined from solid aluminium with piano-black and chrome detailing, rises up from the centre console at the touch of a button to provide a working area, its role supplemented by the provision of two third-generation iPads® with wireless keyboards that are housed in bespoke leather-trimmed docks in the rear of the front seats.
Switching the focus from business to pleasure is the bespoke champagne chiller mounted between the two rear seats. This cools the bottle to what experts agree is the perfect temperature before ‘presenting’ it forwards when the chiller is opened. Two specially commissioned champagne flutes reside in a purpose made cabinet beneath the centre table.
A full rear seat package with twin headrest screens and wireless headphones completes the experience in combination with a new 20-speaker surround sound in-car entertainment system developed by British audio expertsMeridian.
To underline its purpose in ensuring that passengers remain cosseted at all times, the XJ Ultimate features revisions to the suspension to optimise rear ride comfort, with no compromise to the car’s breadth of dynamic ability.
The exterior detailing of the XJ Ultimate offers discreet clues to the model’s figurehead status with sculpted lower air intakes chromed to match the grille, polished stainless steel oval exhaust pipe finishers, unique dual-surfaced alloy wheels and subtle ‘Ultimate’ badging.
The XJ Ultimate is available with Jaguar’s existing 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine, its powerful and efficient 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged diesel, and a new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol unit, all driving the rear wheels via an eight-speed transmission.
The Jaguar XJ introduced a mouldbreaking coupé design ethos to its class, taking Jaguar’s established principle of long, unbroken feature lines and applying them to a decidedly 21st century form. Dramatically different from its competitors, the all-aluminium XJ captures the essential Jaguar design elements of elegance, muscularity, sleekness and strength.
The detail changes applied to the XJ Ultimate serve to subtly enhance the inherent rightness of the car’s design, making it clear that this is the luxurious flagship of the range.
The lower front air intakes are reshaped and chrome finished, matching the powerful Jaguar grille, while LED daytime-running lights underline the assertively shaped headlamps.
The 20-inch Maroa forged alloy wheels are unique to this model and feature a dual-tone colour scheme. A dark grey, technical finish is applied to the inner surfaces of the spokes which contrasts with the bright, polished surfacing on the outer edges, combining to create an appearance that is both glamorous and purposeful.
Anyone following an XJ Ultimate will be in no doubt that the model is a cut above, as it is distinguished by new oval tailpipe finishers in polished stainless steel that echo the front air intakes and a discreet metal ‘Ultimate’ badge underneath the ‘XJ’ nameplate. The ‘Ultimate’ badging is repeated in the power vents set into the front fenders.
The first 20 Ultimate models made will be painted in Celestial Black, but customers can also order their car in Polaris White – and any colour in between. In addition to an exclusive extended palette of paint colours, including a new ‘chromaflare’ range, XJ Ultimate customers can order their car colour-matched to any shade of their choosing on provision of a suitable sample for a true bespoke experience.
Jaguar has always prided itself on creating unique cabin environments and the interior architecture of the XJ is like no other, combining graceful and unexpected forms with quality materials that reward the senses with their tactility, visual splendour and luxury.
Unique finish and personalisation
Now, the Ultimate’s position as the XJ range’s luxury flagship is apparent from the moment the door is opened. A unique wood veneer, crafted using straight ebony, has been formed into a Herringbone pattern with mirror image upper and lower halves separated by a strip of piano black veneer. The Herringbone pattern forms fillets in the doors and at the front of the car runs around the base of the windscreen to create a dramatic feature that mimics the form of classic wooden-hulled power boats. The clock mounted in the dashboard is also unique to the model with a brushed aluminium face, embossed lozenge detail and ‘spun’ bright finish.
The XJ Ultimate is offered in three interior colourways for the sumptuous leather that covers virtually every surface and is also used for the headlining; Jet on Jet, or Ivory seats and lower surfaces with either Mineral orBordeauxuppers.
Further personalisation is offered through customers being able to specify the headrests embroidered with a pattern of their choice. The ‘Ultimate’ intaglio which sits in the centre of the sweep of Herringbone veneer under the windscreen can also be changed to read whatever the owner wishes.
The XJ Ultimate brings a particular focus to the rear seat passengers to create an ambience that carefully balances the requirements of the modern, on-the-move businessperson with certain surprise-and-delight features that underline the XJ’s ‘work hard, play hard’ personality and reward the discerning owner who appreciates the sense of fun with which Jaguar imbues all its products.
Tailored rear seating
In the Ultimate the XJ’s standard rear bench has been replaced by two unique and individual seats designed specifically for this model. Elegant, cosseting and ergonomically optimised, the tailored seats are covered in semi-aniline leather which offers a more luxurious and tactile finish and allows the hide to retain its essential qualities of look and feel, complemented by the hand-finished stitching.
The seats feature winged headrests, powered recline and four-way lumbar adjustment functions to allow passengers to achieve the seating position perfect for them. The comfort levels offered by the seats are enhanced through the inclusion of on-demand massage, heating and cooling functions.
The occupant positioned behind the front passenger seat is also provided with a stow-away button that automatically powers the empty chair forwards to increase still further the XJ’s generous legroom. The front seats follow the same unique design as the rears and offer identical functions with an additional range of electric movement allowing 20 by 20 adjustment.
The seats are divided by a centre console running along the length of the car. Fully trimmed in soft-grain leather, piano black veneer and chrome, the console houses a number of features exclusive to the XJ Ultimate. At the touch of a button a table machined from a solid piece of aluminium with a gloss black and chrome finish rises up to then be pivoted into position in front of whichever passenger requires its use.
Chilled to Perfection
Raising the table reveals the first of the XJ Ultimate’s surprise and delight features, a pair of champagne flutes in a bespoke recess flock-lined in either Mauveine or Jet and lit by phosphor blue ambient lighting. Within the centre console are ‘fluteholders’, designed specifically for these glasses and machined from solid aluminium.
The flutes are, of course, there for a reason: discreetly integrated between the rear seat backs, covered in soft-grain leather and marked by a chrome Jaguar leaper is a hidden champagne chiller. Lined in the same flock as the champagne flute recess to give the impression of a bespoke suit lining, it holds one standard sized champagne bottle which, when the cabinet door is opened, is effortlessly presented forwards to the passengers. The champagne is kept perfectly chilled at the optimum temperature range of 7°C-10°C.
Rear-seat passengers are also provided with a range of entertainment options to enjoy while sipping their champagne. The XJ Ultimate is fitted as standard with Jaguar’s Rear Seat Entertainment package which comprises two eight-inch high-resolution screens mounted on the back of the front seat headrests.
These can display inputs from a number of sources; the DVD player, digital TV tuner or an external media player that can be synced through the Rear Media Interface, which provides USB and RCA connections. Sound can be provided through the wireless headphones, allowing each passenger to watch separate entertainment sources.
The rear seat environment, including the entertainment, is managed by a wireless controller housed in the centre console and which also allows passengers to alter their individual climate zones and seat heating and cooling functions.
Meridian Surround Sound
The XJ Ultimate is also fitted as standard with the latest generation of in-car audio systems. Specifically developed for the XJ by British ultra-premium audio expertsMeridian, marking a new partnership for Jaguar, the Meridian Surround Sound System fitted to the XJ Ultimate uses the latest technological developments to deliver music reproduction that is second to none.
Unlike other manufacturers,Meridiandesigns and manufactures audio systems that combine innovative technology with the most natural of approaches: comparing their musical reproduction to the sound of the original musical performance.
The 15-channel amplifier, 20-loudspeaker system featuresMeridian’s unique digital sound processing technology that allows every person travelling in the XJ Ultimate to enjoy a musical experience that places them in the centre of the sound field.Meridianachieves this through its Trifield technology which creates an all-enveloping sound field that makes each listener feel that the music is exclusively focused on him or her.
Meridian technology achieves a level of natural detail, realism and performance usually associated with speakers eight times the physical volume. Meridian Cabin Correction and Dynamic Volume Control precisely and effortlessly minimise resonances and monitor extraneous noise levels to allow the audio to be unobtrusively maintained at a constant volume in order for it to be perfectly heard whatever the circumstances.
In addition to the entertainment on offer, the XJ Ultimate also provides a pair of third-generation iPads® with wireless keyboards. The iPads® are housed within specially designed leather-trimmed docks in the rear of the front seats and hidden behind roller doors, also finished in tailored leather. The iPads® are automatically kept charged whenever the ignition is on and also included in the cabinets are wireless keyboards to allow the tablets to be used without being removed from their docks if required.
PERFORMANCE AND DYNAMICS
To underline its purpose in ensuring that passengers remain cosseted at all times, the XJ Ultimate features revisions to the air-sprung rear suspension for optimised ride compliance. While this provides a truly relaxing experience for rear seat passengers, the XJ Ultimate loses none of the model’s core dynamic abilities and so is as rewarding to drive as it is to be driven in. The XJ’s lightweight aluminium construction means a weight saving over its rivals of as much as 150kg. This of course offers great advantages in terms of agility, acceleration, braking and driver feedback and involvement.
The aluminium architecture also provides benefits in terms of emissions and fuel consumption, allowing the XJ to provide an astonishing balance of performance and frugality from its range of highly efficient, refined and muscular engines.
The XJ Ultimate will be offered with Jaguar’s existing and acclaimed 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine in supercharged form, and the equally highly regarded 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged diesel. With 510PS and 625Nm of torque, the supercharged V8 provides astonishingly vivid performance, the diesel V6 offering uncannily smooth and potent progress while returning fuel consumption figures of 40.1mpg (EU) on the combined cycle.
The XJ Ultimate will also be offered with a new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine being introduced to the range for the 2013 model year. This engine, which in the XJ Ultimate will produce 340PS and 450Nm, draws on the award-winning technology inherent to Jaguar’s V8 and offers similar performance to the naturally-aspirated version of that engine (which is not available in the XJ Ultimate), but with the emissions and fuel economy advantages of a V6.
The 3.0-litre V6 S/C will be offered in tandem with Jaguar’s Intelligent Stop-Start system and, in common with all powertrain options, will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Jaguar announces two new Powertrains at Beijing Auto Show
JAGUAR EXPANDS POWERTRAIN CHOICE WITH TWO ADDITIONAL FORCED-INDUCTION PETROL ENGINES
- Jaguar is introducing two additional forced-induction petrol engines to its range for the 2013MY; the new 3.0-litre V6 Supercharged Petrol, and the four-cylinder 2.0-litre I4 Turbocharged Petrol. Their introduction will enhance customer choice in key global markets
- The respective supercharging and turbocharging technology used in each engine means they offer efficiently delivered high-specific power and torque outputs
- The 3.0-litre V6 Supercharged Petrol (3.0 V6 S/C) draws on key technology used in Jaguar’s award-winning 5.0-litre V8, and has significantly higher specific performance than the naturally-aspirated version of that engine
- The 3.0 V6 S/C will be available in two states of tune: 380PS/460Nm and 340PS/450Nm
- In 380PS form, the 3.0 V6 S/C produces almost 127PS per litre – the highest specific output of any Jaguar engine
- The 3.0 V6 S/C 380 will only be available in Jaguar’s forthcoming new sports car, the F-TYPE, the 340PS version will also be offered in XF and XJ models
- The 2.0-litre I4 Ti 240 produces 240PS and 340Nm, offering greater performance than Jaguar’s existing naturally-aspirated AJ-V6 engine, but with four-cylinder economy
- The 2.0-litre I4 Ti 240 will replace the 3.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol AJ-V6 in XF and XJ saloons
- Both engines deliver their power through smooth shifting eight-speed automatic transmissions
- The 3.0 V6 S/C will be available with Jaguar’s Intelligent Stop-Start system
As Jaguar expands its product offer in key global markets it is introducing two additional petrol units to its range to enhance customer choice; the new 3.0-litre V6 Supercharged Petrol, and the 2.0-litre I4 Turbocharged Petrol.
Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, said: “Jaguar currently has its strongest range of products for several decades. Our continued growth is dependent on two things; activating the awareness of the brand, and expanding our range to enable us to access new customers in both existing and emerging markets. The introduction of these two additional forced-induction petrol engines is integral to this ambitious plan.”
The 3.0 V6 S/C petrol engine has been developed by Jaguar powertrain experts from its existing award-winning 5.0-litre V8 – the all-alloy engine which has received plaudits from around the world in applications from long wheelbase limousines to 300km/h convertibles. The 3.0 V6 S/C shares many of the V8’s key technologies including direct injection, variable valve timing, and aluminium construction and offers comparable levels of refinement and driveability to the naturally-aspirated version of the V8 engine, but with greater specific output and efficiency courtesy of supercharging technology.
In its 340PS/450Nm guise the 3.0 V6 S/C offers the smooth, seamless performance ideally suited to a Jaguar saloon while the 380PS/460Nm version offers the visceral thrill you’d expect for the F-TYPE, the forthcoming new Jaguar sports car. In both states of tune the 3.0 V6 S/C will give performance levels matching much larger engines while remaining economy and emissions friendly.
The 2.0-litre I4 Turbocharged Petrol engine uses a range of state-of-the-art technologies for power generation that belies its size, and its introduction to XF and XJ models will see it installed in north-south orientation. It produces 240PS and 340Nm thanks to the use of three key innovations; low-inertia turbocharging, direct fuel-injection and variable timing of both the intake and exhaust camshafts.
Ron Lee, Group Chief Engineer Powertrain, Jaguar Cars, said: “Both the 3.0 V6 S/C and 2.0 I4 Ti make intelligent use of forced-induction technology to produce high-specific output in an efficient way, while delivering the compelling combination of flexibility, refinement and driver reward that are integral attributes in all Jaguar engines.”
Both engines will be mated to the eight-speed automatic gearbox introduced on specific 2012 model year Jaguars which offers a broad spread of ratios for a perfectly balanced combination of smooth-shifting, economy and driver control. The 3.0 V6 S/C will also be available with Jaguar’s Intelligent Stop-Start system.
3.0-litre V6 Supercharged Petrol
Jaguar has established itself as a leader in the field of supercharged induction technology in order to extract the highest efficiency from its powerplants. Currently, supercharging is used to greatest effect in the XKR-S which produces 550PS and 680Nm from its acclaimed 5.0-litre V8 engine.
It is this same award-winning engine architecture which forms the basis for Jaguar’s new 3.0 V6 S/C and which helps it produce higher specific outputs than even the astonishing XKR-S. The engine will be presented in two states of tune depending on its application; the 380PS/460Nm version will be used exclusively in Jaguar’s forthcoming new F-TYPE sports car while the 340PS/450Nm version will also join the powertrain line-up for the XF and XJ saloons.
The new quad-cam V6 shares its all-aluminium construction with the V8, with the lightweight die-cast block supplemented with cross-bolted main bearing caps to increase rigidity and therefore refinement. The four-valve cylinder heads are constructed of recycled aluminium.
The valves themselves are subject to control by a dual independent variable cam timing (DIVCT) system which is activated by the positive and negative torques generated by the movement of the intake and exhaust valves. This variable timing system features actuation rates of more than 150 degrees per second throughout the rev range, to optimise power, torque and economy at all engine speeds.
This responsive and uninterrupted power delivery is made possible through the use of spray-guided direct injection (SGDI) which delivers precisely measured quantities of fuel directly into the centre of the combustion chambers at pressures of up to 150bar. The fuel is delivered several times during each combustion cycle, creating a more homogenous air-fuel mixture for cleaner and more efficient combustion.
This is aided by an innovation new to this engine to maximise combustion efficiency; spark plugs which are precisely oriented both in relation to the injector and within the combustion chamber. The compression ratio is also raised from 9.5:1 in the supercharged V8 to 10.5:1, further improving fuel economy and reducing emissions.
Mounted in the ‘V’ of the engine is latest-generation Roots-type twin vortex supercharger, its use key to the 3.0 V6 S/C’s high-specific output and efficiency. More compact than the model used with the V8, a water-cooled intercooler reduces the temperature of the intake air to optimise power and efficiency. New to the 3.0 V6 S/C is that the supercharger boost control is electronically supervised by new Bosch engine management software, offering efficiency gains of up to 20 per cent.
The inherent engineering integrity of the 3.0 V6 S/C’s design meant that no alterations to the hardware or ancillaries were necessary in achieving the additional power and torque of the higher-output variant for the F-TYPE. In this higher state of tune, the 3.0 V6 S/C produces the greatest specific power output of any Jaguar engine to date; 127PS per-litre. This was achieved through recalibration of the electronic bypass of supercharger and throttle in order to increase boost without impacting emissions levels.
In creating the new 3.0 V6 S/C, Jaguar’s engineers devised an innovative system of counter-rotating front and rear balancer weights which lend it the same smoothness and refinement characteristics as its larger V8 brother.
The 3.0 V6 S/C powertrain is completed by the Jaguar-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission from experts ZF. This transmission’s large spread of ratios allow the engine’s prodigious power to be fully exploited while optimising economy and emissions. Efficiency is also boosted by the engine’s compatibility with Jaguar’s Intelligent Stop-Start system which improves fuel consumption by up to seven per cent on the EU combined cycle. Utilising a twin solenoid starter, the system is able to restart the engine in less time than it takes for the driver’s foot to move from the brake to the accelerator, and in engine rundown ‘change of mind’ scenarios it is able to reenergise the engine via rapidly refuelling the cylinders.
In the XF the 3.0 V6 S/C will replace the naturally-aspirated version of the 5.0-litre V8 in all markets for the 2013 Model Year. In the XJ the 3.0 V6 S/C will replace the naturally-aspirated version of the 5.0-litre V8 in the majority of markets for the 2013 Model Year. Specific model-by-model economy and emissions figures will be issued on a market-by-market basis.
2.0-litre I4 240 Turbocharged Petrol
The introduction of the 2.0 I4 Ti 240 to the Jaguar range in XF and XJ saloons marks a key response to the growing demands of legislation and customer demand alike. The 2.0 I4 Ti 240’s use in the XF and XJ sees it oriented in north-south configuration and mated to the same smooth-shifting eight-speed transmission used on the 3.0 V6 S/C. Again, this transmission’s large spread of ratios maximises both performance and efficiency.
Producing 240PS at 5,500rpm (for a high specific output of 120PS per-litre) and 340Nm of torque between 1,800 and 4,000rpm, the 2.0 I4 Ti 240 offers flexible delivery, and with an ‘as-shipped’ weight of 138kg courtesy of compact dimensions and all-aluminium construction it is also the lightest Jaguar engine ever. This small mass aids dynamic agility while, of course, bringing further emissions and economy benefits.
The 2.0 I4 Ti 240 is an engine that retains all the true Jaguar qualities of muscular potential, refinement and soul-stirring character with far better efficiency than a larger capacity multi-cylinder engine that would traditionally have been required to produce similar levels of power. For example, the peak torque output of the 2.0 I4 Ti 240 exceeds that of Jaguar’s 3.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8 from just ten years ago.
Despite its small capacity, it is the 2.0 I4 Ti 240’s use of a low-inertia turbocharger that enables it to produce its high-specific power and torque outputs. The 2.0 I4 Ti 240’s turbocharger is fed via a lightweight thin-walled exhaust manifold which allows for a shorter engine warm-up period and therefore lowers emissions still further.
In order to provide the muscular usability characteristics required, chain-driven variable timing is applied to both the intake and exhaust valves to maximise the broad spread of torque, strong bottom-end performance and outstanding drivability.
Designed from the outset with the goal of enhanced efficiency, the engine features specialised coatings on the piston rings and tappets in order to reduce unwanted internal friction. This same thinking led to the adoption of very precisely controlled direct injection technology. Fuel is injected in precisely measured doses several times during each combustion cycle to ensure the most efficient possible burn with the maximum benefit in terms of power generation and the lowest fuel consumption and emissions.
Jaguar levels of smoothness and sophistication have been achieved through the use of twin balancer shafts while significant steps have been taken to ensure expected levels of refinement. Amongst these are active engine mounts, an acoustic cover and the use of high density foam for additional sound deadening.
The 2.0 I4 Ti 240’s introduction will be key to meeting customer demand in global markets which currently take the XF and XJ with the existing naturally-aspirated Jaguar 3.0-litre AJV6 engine – the 2.0 I4 Ti 240 will replace this unit.
3.0-litre V6 340 Supercharged Petrol
Engine type:V6, petrol, supercharged
Peak power (PS@rpm):340@6,500
Peak torque (Nm/lb ft@rpm):450/332@1,800-4,000rpm
0-60mph (secs):5.7 (in XF and XJ)*
Top speed (mph):155mph (limited, in XF and XJ)*
3.0-litre V6 380 Supercharged Petrol (F-TYPE only)
Engine type:V6, petrol, supercharged
Peak power (PS@rpm):380@6,500
Peak torque (Nm/lb ft@rpm):460/339@1,800-4,000rpm
0-60mph (secs):figures not yet available
Top speed (mph):figures not yet available
2.0 I4 240 Turbocharged Petrol
Engine type:four-cylinder, in-line petrol, turbocharged
Peak power (PS@rpm):240@5500
Peak torque (Nm/lb ft@rpm):340/251@1800-4,000
0-60mph (secs):7.5 (in XF and XJ)*
Top speed (mph):150 (in XF and XJ)*
*Manufacturer’s estimates. All figures correct at time of going to press.
The 3.0 V6 S/C 340/380 and 2.0 I4 Ti 240 join Jaguar’s existing engine range comprising: 5.0-litre V8 naturally-aspirated, 5.0-litre V8 supercharged, 2.2-litre I4 Td (turbo-diesel), 3.0-litre V6 Td (twin-turbo diesel).
The 2.0 I4 Ti 240 will be offered in XF models in Europe, North America,Chinaand other selected world markets.
The 2.0 I4 Ti 240 will be offered in XJ models in theUK, Europe,Chinaand other selected world markets.
The 3.0 V6 S/C 340 will be offered in the XF and XJ in the UK, Europe, North America,Chinaand other selected world markets.
Full emissions/mpg data on a car by car basis will follow, and specific market availability can be obtained from each Jaguar market PR.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER INTRODUCES BESPOKE ENGINEERING DIVISION
23 April, 2012: Yesterday at the Beijing Auto Show, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) showcased the Jaguar XJ Ultimate, a car developed by the company’s specialist ETO division. The division is responsible for extending the Jaguar and Land Rover brands with a series of ‘special edition’ models as well as a range of personalisation options allowing owners to tailor their cars.
Dr Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover explained: “The specialist ETO division is the next step in the evolution of JLR as a fully-integrated premium automotive business. It is an extension to JLR’s world class engineering capability and further proof of JLR’s passion to meet customers’ demands.”
Following the recent success of two earlier ETO-built cars – the limited edition Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate and the 300km/h (186mph) XKR-S, the fastest and most powerful production sports car Jaguar has ever built – the ETO division is now focussing on further expanding the company’s product offering.
Initially, as well as handcrafting the ultra-luxurious Jaguar XJ Ultimate, ETO will also be responsible for the Range Rover Evoque Special Edition, a collaboration between Land Rover and the British fashion designer Victoria Beckham. This hand-finished, bespoke vehicle with unique matt finish paint and rose gold accents is limited to a maximum of 200 examples worldwide.
The designers and engineers in ETO will work alongside the JLR Product Development teams on future products with a focus on offering additional luxury, performance and capability, exploring different facets of the brands’ personalities.
The Jaguar XKR-S is a very different animal, engineered by ETO to push the outer edges of the performance envelope and explore the capabilities of the company’s lightweight aluminium architecture. The engineering involved went far deeper than simply liberating more power from the company’s renowned supercharged V8.
ETO worked with the Jaguar Design team to create the specific exterior changes – informed by Computational Fluid Dynamics – that allowed the car to cut the air cleanly and solidly at very high speed and developed bespoke machined aluminium suspension components to give the car even greater levels of agility and driver involvement, refining the entire package at Jaguar’s Nürburgring testing facility.
Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate (2011)
The Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate took the already luxurious Land Rover flagship model and added a level of craftsmanship and unique exterior and interior appointments to create a truly first-class experience.
ETO was responsible for the handcrafted interior that used the finest soft-feel leathers and unique veneers for the four individually tailored seats as well as the seamless integration of the iPads, machined aluminium laptop table and drinks chiller.
ETO also created the bespoke paint colours and alloy wheels individual to this model and, as a final unique touch, a teak-floored rear loadspace to evoke the decking of luxury yachts.
ETO will support the Jaguar and Land Rover brands by offering specialist products ranging from design and performance enhancements, to the development of a wider portfolio for customers to personalise their vehicles, and an extended capability in engineering armoured and specialist vehicles.