THE XK MODEL HISTORY
1996 - 2015
1996 - 2015
You will see in the header above entries for both the X100 and X150. If you click on either of these you will find more in-depth details of all the various XK models produced over the years.
We have also shown under "Advertisements" (again, link above) just some of the many promotional adverts that Jaguar provided at each launch as well as various images of Modified XKs, XK Engine Detailing and Race XKs. Enjoy.
XK HISTORY SUMMARY
When the first Jaguar XK8 (project X100) was introduced back in 1996, it brought about brand new standards to the luxury sports car market.
Available as either a coupe or convertible it far exceeded its sales expectations and rapidly became the fastest selling sports car in Jaguars history and in doing so won numerous awards around the world.
In 1998, an even more dramatic XK model was unveiled – the supercharged XKR. With more impressive performance and further improved luxury, the XKR added a new dimension to the XK story.
From 2001 onwards Jaguar continued to unveil a number of Limited / Special Editions XKs to their range and by 2006 (when this shape model finally ceased production with the 4.2-S model) they had sold more than 91,406 cars worldwide.
In 2006 and 2007 a brand new “Next Generation” of XK and XK-Rs (project X150) were launched by Jaguar. This time they completely changed the shape of the model (now in aluminium form) and brought together a 21st Century looking performance car that would compete against the likes of its sports car counterparts.
The production of the XK sadly ended in July 2014 with the last model finally running off the production line (see below).
THE FINAL FAREWELL - JAGUAR XK (1996-2014)
On the 24th July 2014, the very last X150 was built and was handed over to its new custodian - Jaguar Heritage. The penultimate XK was a Polaris White naturally aspirated coupé that will be the last customer car – this was handed over by Castle Bromwich Operations Director Nicolas Guibert to Roger Carroll, Dealer Principal of Rybrook Jaguar in Chester who was receiving the car on behalf of his customer.
The final car was an Italian Racing Red XKR coupé which was presented by Nicolas to Mike Beasley,Jaguar’s former Managing Director and now Vice Chairman of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust. In line with tradition, the car is being gifted by JLR to the Trust and will form part of the collection; a special registration number has already been allocated for this – JH14 XKR.