The 4.2-S special edition models unveiled at the 2005 Geneva International (1 March) marked another advance for the Jaguar XK.
Available as either coupe or convertible, with a choice of two V8 engines – one of them supercharged, the 4.2-S was offered in four new limited edition exterior colours – Copper Black Metallic, Frost Blue Metallic, Bay Blue Metallic and Satin Silver Metallic – in addition to the wide palette already in existence. With three interior colours and two distinct veneer options for the instrument panel, XK8 models offered a new luxurious Elm wood veneer as standard for the interior trim, while XKR cabins were lined with a sporty Carbon Fibre veneer set, with Elm veneer as a non-cost option. A new interior carpet colour, Dove, was also offered for the first time on a Jaguar.
In recognition of Jaguar's racing heritage, special badging and accents adorned the new models, including the 4.2-S. Polished door treadplates feature chequered flag emblems and leather-edged embossed floor mats line the footwells. The revised white Jaguar Growler badge on the bonnet also featured new chequered flag accents on the sides of the emblem. New darkened rear light clusters further enhance the sporting credentials of the Jaguar XK range.
The XK8 models feature 19-inch 'Atlas' style wheels, while the XKR models get a new, unique 20-inch split rim BBS Perseus performance wheel. The XKR also gets cross-drilled Brembo brake discs, red wheel badges and red brake callipers to reinforce its sporting credentials.