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Chassis, Suspension And Brakes - (Global)

February 16th, 2007





To ensure optimum sporting ride and handling the XKR's springs and dampers are uprated compared to the XK. The front spring rate is increased by 38% and the rear spring rate by 24%. Allied to the Servotronic steering system, which has been tuned both mechanically and electronically to give the steering more weight and even greater response, the uprated suspension ensures confidence-inspiring handling without any loss in refinement and comfort levels.

Because of the inherent strength and stiffness of the chassis, and the addition of a rear suspension brace engineered to accommodate the significant increase in rear spring rate, the XKR Coupe and Convertible have the same dynamic settings.

The Computer Active Technology Suspension (a two-stage adaptive damping system that ensures the optimum balance between ride and handling) and new switchable Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control System (Trac DSC) have also been recalibrated to complement the additional power of the supercharged engine.

As significant to the XKR as the increases in power and torque are the major improvements in body stiffness, strength and weight compared to its predecessor. Unique in the industry for being a volume production complete aluminium monocoque body structure, as distinct from an aluminium spaceframe with separate aluminium exterior panels, its properties come from both the way the bodyshell is designed and constructed and the use of new joining technologies.

The new XKR's aluminium chassis is significantly lighter and stiffer in both Coupe and Convertible form than the steel model it replaces. The Coupe chassis is more than 30 percent stiffer than the previous XK, while the Convertible is over 40 percent stiffer. As a consequence the XKR accelerates faster than the previous model, while offering high levels of safety, reduced noise and vibration intrusion, and improved ride and handling characteristics thanks to improved suspension dynamics. In Convertible form the BIW weight, at just 287kg is 19 percent lighter than the previous XKR.

New, larger ventilated brake discs at the front ensure even better braking performance for the XKR. The front brake disc diameter has increased from 326mm to 355mm and the thickness from 30mm to 32mm, which not only improves braking but also the system's resistance to fade. The braking system also includes four-channel ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Hydraulic Brake Assist to increase brake pressure during an emergency stop, and Jaguar's Electronic Park Brake function.


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