Jaguar Announces Another XK/XKR Special Edition for UK, Europe

Jaguar has announced additional special-edition versions of the XK and XKR for those who    crave a little extra opulence from their sleek British sports car. The special gear is available for  both coupe and convertible models of the sports cars—only not in North America. Most of what makes the cars special is found inside, which is chock-full of even fancier leathers and materials than can be ordered for normal XKs.
The Artisan interior, as Jaguar is calling it, gets “scraffito”-finished leather on the seats, door panels, and instrument cluster hood. Poltrona Frau leather covers the headliner, ensuring that the cabin is swathed in as much cowhide as possible. Buyers can choose from two interior color schemes, navy blue and truffle brown, and can spec either dark walnut or aluminum trim. Standard heated sport seats, a heated steering wheel, a 525-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system, unique sill plates, and stainless-steel pedals finish off the accommodations.
Not much is altered on the exteriors of the special-edition XKs, although two attractive 20-inch wheel designs are available. Six exterior colors are on offer, including one (Celestial Black) exclusive to the special-edition cars, and convertible shoppers can pick from among four hues for the cloth top. So it’s not so bad that the extra-special Jags aren’t going to be sold here in the U.S.; with no notable visual distinctions from a plebe-level XK or XKR, passersby won’t be the wiser. We’d rather have the track-ready version of the higher-performance XKR-S that Jaguar is currently considering building, anyway.

Jaguar maintenance sheets and tips

Car maintenance is critical for your cars performance, driving experience and for your own safety. A correctly maintained car will usually be more reliable, will use less gas and have no technical or visual problems. By maintaining your car, you can find problematic or worn out parts and change them to avoid more advanced failure.

Please refer to this guide for your Jaguar maintenance scheduling:

Group 1:

1974-1987 Series II and Series III sedan and coupe, XJ6, XJ12, Daimler Double Six, and Vanden Plas.  1974-1993 XJS models.

Annually or every 5,000 miles
*this service is similar to the 7,500 mile service in the original Passport to Service

Change engine oil and filter with Mobil 1 15-20
Grease fittings on front end, rear suspension and axles
Lubricate door hinges and body fittings
Clean and dry lube power antenna
Check and top all other fluids
Visually inspect undercarriage for problems
Inspect tires and rotate every second small service

Check wiper blades, replace if streaky
Check windshield washers
Check lights
Check belts and hoses
Check operation of air conditioner and heater
Road test car and note any problems

Every 15,000 miles this work is added:

Replace spark plugs
Check air filter, replace or blow out
Check throttle plate, set if binding, clean if dirty
Check belt adjustment

Check handbrake operation
Lubricate door locks
Grease wheel bearings

Every 30,000 miles this work is added:

Change transmission fluid and filter
Inspect rear transmission mount spool and replace if worn out
Inspect exhaust system and service as needed
Change rear axle lube
Change power steering fluid
Repack front wheel bearings
Replace oxygen sensor every 90,000 miles
Adjust drive belts and replace every six years/60,000 miles
Inspect battery and replace if 4 years old or if it fails load test
Inspect brake discs/rotors
Inspect brake fluid level, brake hoses, and brake pads
Inspect cooling system
Inspect door hinges & locks
Inspect engine
Inspect engine mounts
Inspect exhaust system
Inspect fuel system
Inspect handbrake
Inspect headlights, check aiming
Inspect lights & controls
Inspect seat belts
Inspect steering system
Check wheel alignment (front)
Inspect wheel lug nuts
Lubricate accelerator linkage
Lubricate brake pedal
Lubricate distributor advance mechanism
Lubricate weatherstripping
Torque propeller shaft bolts

Every 30,000 miles, 12 cylinder cars only:

Take apart distributor and free up advance
Set linkage to dual throttles

Every 3 years this work is added, regardless of mileage traveled:

Change brake fluid, preferably in spring
Change engine coolant, preferably in fall
Replace fuel filter if not done earlier on the basis of miles traveled

Every 6 years this work is added, regardless of mileage:

Replace belts
Replace upper and lower radiator hoses, bypass hose, and heater hoses
Replace fuel filter if not done earlier on the basis of miles traveled

Group 2:

1988-1997 XJ6 and Vanden Plas sedan. 1994 and newer XJ-S coupe and convertible models.
Annually or every 5,000 miles
*this service is similar to the 7,500 mile service in the original Passport to Service

Change engine oil and filter with Mobil1 10-30 or extended performance 5-30
Grease fittings on front end, rear suspension and axles
Lubricate door hinges and body fittings
Clean and dry lube power antenna
Check and top all other fluids
Visually inspect undercarriage for problems
Inspect tires and rotate every second small service
Check wiper blades, replace if streaky
Check windshield washers
Check lights
Check belts and hoses
Check operation of air conditioner and heater
Road test car and note any problems

Every 15,000 miles this work is added:

Replace wiper blade and clean washer nozzles
Check belt adjustment
Check handbrake operation
Lubricate door locks

Every 30,000 miles this work is added:

Change transmission fluid
Inspect exhaust system and service as needed
Replace oxygen sensors every 120,000 miles
Adjust drive belts and replace every six years/60,000 miles
Inspect battery and replace if 4 years old or if it fails load test
Inspect brake discs/rotors
Inspect brake fluid level, brake hoses, and brake pads
Inspect cooling system
Inspect door hinges & locks
Inspect engine
Inspect engine mounts
Inspect exhaust system
Inspect fuel system
Inspect handbrake
Inspect headlights, check aiming
Inspect lights & controls
Inspect seat belts
Inspect steering system
Check wheel alignment (front)
Inspect wheel lug nuts
Lubricate accelerator linkage
Lubricate brake pedal
Lubricate distributor advance mechanism
Lubricate weatherstripping
Use Autologic system to check for stored faults in computer systems
Torque propeller shaft bolts

Every 3 years this work is added, regardless of mileage traveled:

Change brake fluid, preferably in spring
Change engine coolant, preferably in fall
Replace fuel filter if not done earlier on the basis of miles traveled

Every 6 years this work is added, regardless of mileage:

Replace belts
Replace upper and lower radiator hoses, bypass hose, and heater hoses
Replace fuel filter if not done earlier on the basis of miles traveled

Have you ever wondered about a Pre-Owned Jaguar? The Certification process will help you understand the quality of these vehicles.

Long before you see your Select Edition Jaguar for the very first time, it has undergone a rigorous evaluation comprising 140 points of scrutiny. Appearance, performance, reliability and refinement all must pass demanding tests and guidelines with minimal tolerances. In addition, a CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ is provided along with every Select Edition Jaguar.

The 140 certification and inspection points include the categories of Exterior Body and Finish, Exterior Electrical Systems, Luggage Area, Engine & Engine Bay, Interior Furnishings, Interior Electrical Systems, Heating & Air-Conditioning Systems, Undercarriage/Drive train and, finally, a Road Test. The subject Jaguar may become a Select Edition only if the vehicle passes all 140 points within these categories.

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