It’s 1948 and Jaguar has moved on to the post-war era, introducing important changes to its core values, as the company decided to make one step from the pedestal it had been on to the real world. No, of course Jag hadn’t reduced the intensity of its shining, it just decided to make it wider, offering it to a wider category of mortals.
For example, the company, which had been named “SS Cars” before the war, decided to change its name to the current one, due to the negative connotations that these two letters had been given by WWII. But let’s see how this was translated into the vehicles it produced.
The carmaker’s first sports car that played by these new rules was also the first XK, the 120. And this gentleman was also a proper athlete. You see, its top speed of 120 mph/193 km/h (hence its name) might be available in your average family car today but back then it made the XK120 the fastest standard production car in the world.
The hero’s successor, the XK140, arrived in 1954, offering improvements in multiple areas. However, it didn’t rest on its father’s laurels, having something of its own to offer to the world - it was the first Jaguar sports car to use an automatic transmission.
In 1957, Jaguar gave us the XK150, a natural evolution. Enjoying your leather-covered dashboard in your contemporary Jag? well, the XK150 was the one to replace the walnut dash with this type of finish.
Our hands seem to wish to close the text editor and open a music production app in order to create tension, as we are about to mention a moment that (re)defined Jaguar’s history. 1961 was the year when the Brits rocked the world with the roar, introducing the E-Type, a vehicle that became one of the greatest motoring icons of all times. This is a vehicle that could fill an online library alone and thus we decided that it deserves more than just words. What did we do to celebrate its 50th anniversary? You’ll find the answer hidden in the review’s conclusions.
The E-Type was replaced by the XJS in 1975. It wasn’t as performance-orientated as the E-Type, but boasting a GT character instead. The new model set the modern foundation for Jaguar’s future developments, with certain guidelines introduced by it still being with us today.
Jaguar subsequently concentrated its efforts on offering GT that would make very few compromises and wanted everybody to know this. Thus, the XK nameplate was brought back to life in 1996, with the new XK Coupe and Convertible (internal name X100). As an interesting fact, both the XK and the Aston Martin DB7, one of its main rivals, were underpinned by a heavily modified Jaguar XJS platform.
In 2006, Jaguar wrote a new chapter in this (hi)story, introducing a new XK, which had been previewed by the Advanced Lightweight Coupe Concept one year before. Codenamed XK150, the fresh Coupe and Convertible brought back an old passion of the carmaker - the aluminum body.
In 2009, Jaguar introduced the kind of facelift that we love here at autoevolution - one that is focused on the tech side. Thus, the XK range was fitted with a new 5.0-liter engine, which can be found in a naturally aspirated (XK) or supercharged incarnation (XKR).
This is the point where we enter the stage, as we’ve recently test
driven the XKR in the quest to find another car that should be included in our dream garage.
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