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New Jaguar sports car revealed

British luxury car company releases photos of XK sports car for 2007.

August 26, 2005; Posted: 2:25 p.m. EDT (1825 GMT)

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NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Ford Motor Co.'s Jaguar division released photos today of the upcoming 2007 Jaguar XK sports car. The car closely resembles a concept version, called the Advanced Lightweight Coupe, displayed at auto shows this year.

Jaguar executives have said that the new XK would signal a new design direction for the division. The XK is a 2+2 sports car, meaning that it has small back seats suitable only for occasional use.

Like Jaguar's current XJ sedans, the new XK's body will be made from aluminum. Aluminum is lighter than steel, which improves driving performance, but it is also more expensive. The new car promises a 10 percent improvement in power-to-weight ratio over the current Jaguar Xk.. The body is considerably stiffer than the current versions, the company said.

The 2007 XK will have a driver-shiftable six-speed automatic transmission and a 300-horsepower 4.2-liter V8 engine. That is slightly more power than the current standard XK engine.

Increased use of aluminum is something that Jaguar executives have said would be a hallmark of Jaguar cars in the future. Side air vents on the 2007 XK and on the 2006 Jaguar XJ Super V8 Portfolio, a luxury sedan costing over $100,000 that will be available next month, are made of unpainted aluminum as a way of advertising the use of the lightweight metal in the cars.

The car will be available in dealerships in early 2006, the company said. Jaguar has not released pricing information for the 2007 XK.

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