I think Jaguar would do really well with a simpler, lighter concept, much like the XK 120/C-type/D-type.
So, taking the XE modular lightweight aluminium architecture and ‘massaging’ the dimensions, maybe using lightweight components like carbonfibre seats, manual-lift soft top with simple, aluminium folding struts, you could package the car with the 25t turbocharged petrol engine (177 kW), and the ZF 8-speed, and this could be a real winner. Especially if you priced it at AUD$98,500!
Keep the adornments, flim-flam and optional equipment to a minimum. Maybe not quite barebones, but certainly not ‘loaded’ with stuff and the pricing could be super-competitive. I think Mike Cross and his dynamics department could produce a fantastic-handling sports car.
Here’s the dimensions and weight targets:
Wheelbase - 2431mm (95.7”) *Dimension corrected
Length: - 4135mm (163”)* Dimension corrected
Width: - 1177mm (71.5”)
Height: - 841mm (51”)
Front track: - 1006mm (61.4”)
Rear Track: - 1337mm (81.6”)
Kerb weight: - 1495kg (3295lbs)
The car could be called the XD, and the resonance with the Le Mans-winning D-type sports car would add great momentum to the marketing.
What do you think?
BTW, this is not an original idea. Mercedes-Benz has a car exactly the same size (SLC 300), and despite all their pricey, complicated German tech, it’s still a lively car to drive – and I think it’s just the right size to be called a genuine ‘sports car’.