Driving Dynamics

Power and engineering excellence deliver an exhilarating drive.

  • JAGUAR SEQUENTIAL SHIFT™

    The 6-speed fully adaptive shift system delivers smooth and lightning fast gear changes with optimised performance and economy. For maximum driver involvement, gears can also be selected manually using paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.

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  • ADAPTIVE DYNAMICS

    The XK’s Adaptive Dynamics analyse speed, steering and body movements 500 times a second and adjust the suspension with electronic dampers to achieve the ideal balance between comfort and precise handling. This system works in conjunction with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). The default setting for DSC comes into play as soon as it detects the wheels slipping. The Trac DSC setting, on the other hand, allows some slipping and overspin before it intervenes – this allows for a sportier drive and is also essential with snow chains..

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  • JAGUARDRIVE SELECTOR™ AND JAGUARDRIVE CONTROL™

    The automatic transmission is controlled by the precision engineered, chrome, rotary JaguarDrive Selector™, which rises into your hand as the "Start" button is pressed. It offers Drive mode or Sport mode. Sport mode exploits the full power of the XK engine holding on to gears for longer.  For total control, Manual gearshifting can be selected utilising simple one touch paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.

    JaguarDrive Control™ offers two further selectable modes to suit your driving preferences or the prevailing conditions.
    Dynamic mode instantly recalibrates engine responsiveness to deliver even sharper acceleration for a thrilling, sporting experience.

    Winter Mode automatically dampens acceleration to achieve a more gradual traction on ice, so tyre grip is increased and skid risk reduced..

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  • ACTIVE DIFFERENTIAL

    Active Differential – standard on the XKR and XKR-S – provides superior asphalt and loose surface traction. It is designed to detect any slipping and vary the power supplied to each wheel to help keep the car as stable as possible.

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    PERFORMANCE BRAKES

    The advanced braking systems for the XK range were developed at Jaguar’s research facility at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany.

    Four-channel ABS (anti-lock braking system) is supplemented by Emergency Brake Assist, designed to automatically activate the ABS if it senses a sharp application of the brakes. This can stop the car, with more steering control, some time before the driver alone could have achieved the same effect.

    The XK and XK Portfolio feature the Jaguar Performance Braking System for the ideal balance of power and stability. On the XKR and XKR-S the Jaguar High Performance Braking System, with 380mm front discs and aluminium calipers, provides even more sensitivity and control.

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  • XKR-S Electric Parking Brake

    ELECTRIC PARKING BRAKE

    The braking system works with the JaguarDrive Selector™ to release the parking brake when ‘Drive’ is selected. The driver can also choose to operate the parking brake manually.

  • CRUISE CONTROL AND AUTOMATIC SPEED LIMITER

    Cruise control and an Automatic Speed Limiter system are fitted as standard throughout the range and offer increased convenience during motorway driving. Optional Adaptive Cruise Control features a microwave radar in the front bumper, designed to sense if the vehicle in front slows down. It then uses the throttle and brake to maintain a constant time gap. Once the road clears it will take the car back up to the previous speed. The radar also operates a Forward Alert, which gives the driver an audible warning if the traffic ahead slows quickly or another vehicle moves into the same lane.

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