In March, 1996 in Geneva, it was presented a sport model Jaguar XK8 (coupe and cabriolet versions). This car with the new AJ V8 came on the market in October and called the attention of car owners.
As Jaguar ХК8 has been considered to be one of the most beautiful cars of our days, in 2004 the designers had the difficult task – to preserve to form of the model and to make it modern at the same time.
The exterior was refreshed. New front bumpers with the reworked radiator grille, fog lights, air intakes, the different cowl shutter, the reworked rear bumper, new headlights has been noticed at once. Due to these modifications, the car began to look more aggressive but at the same time it didn’t lose the nobility. There were not made any cardinal changings. In fact, it represented itself the reworked 1996-year model.
Optionally, it could be equipped with 19- and 20-inch wheel disks, extra variant of the salon trimming (for example, ebony trimming). The transmission remained the same – 6-speed robot, RWD. To the existing list of the equipment, such as the system of the suspension management, the course stabilizer, were added the speed-limit device, the system which identify the force of the collision, and the system of controlling the work of the air-bags and the belt tension and also the adaptive cruise-control.
The European market was offered the new packages with the constant lists of additional equipment such as the Premium Pack (with the improved level of comfort) and the Technology Pack (with cruise-control, Parking Assistant, satellite navigation system etc.)
The salon of the Jaguar ХК8 was severe to the best traditions of Jaguar. It was made of high-quality textile, high-class leather and the fine wood.
The car was equipped with the 8-cylinder V-shape gasoline engine with the volume of 4.0 L and the capacity of 284, with rear wheel drive, the power steering and ABS as standard.
Among the other innovations it might be distinguished the renewed color set of the Jaguar XK8’s body: 15 usual colors and 11 metallized ones.
It has been changed by the Jaguar XK.