2005 Jaguar bonspeed X-Type
|3 liter V6||
(from Jaguar Press
Release) Jaguar North America is planning to offer its
X-TYPE owners a chance to pump-up and show-off a little more muscle.
The company teamed-up with leading California speed and design studio, bonspeed®, to create a new range of body styling, suspension and braking equipment for Jaguar’s all-wheel-drive X-TYPE premium compact sedan.
To showcase the range of components that could be available, Jaguar and bonspeed® today unveil a bold, dramatic ‘bonspeed® 3.0 X-TYPE’ concept at the 2004 SEMA specialty equipment show in Las Vegas.
Among the features of the bonspeed® X-TYPE:
Aggressive, racecar-inspired body kit
Integrated rear deck spoiler
Dramatic ‘Match Head Red’ paint
19-inch bonspeed® forged alloy wheels
Tubular trailing arm rear suspension
Koni adjustable shocks, Eibach springs
Baer 13-inch cross-drilled brake rotors
Engine tuning to give extra 30bhp
Real carbon fiber dash and gear surround
Recaro F1 sports seats
Sony 1200 watt audio system
"bonspeed® has done a
great job in showing that the X-TYPE has the potential to be a
tough, but sophisticated-looking tuner project car," says C.J.
O’Donnell, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Sales and
Communications, Jaguar North America.
"And, with a significant number of Jaguar X-TYPEs joining our award-winning Select Edition certified pre-owned program next year, it will be even easier for younger buyers to get into an X-TYPE than ever before," continued O'Donnell.
A 'Red Hot' Exterior
The exterior of the
bonspeed® X-TYPE is 'red hot' thanks to a special ‘Match Head Red’
paint developed for the car by DuPont and applied by L&G Enterprises
in San Dimas, Calif.
The dramatic, DTM touring car-inspired body package was designed at bonspeed’s Anaheim studios and features new front and rear fascias, extended side rockers and an integrated trunk spoiler. The body package gives the car a low, aggressive stance and enhances the car's already- striking lines.
To give the Jaguar extra
power, bonspeed worked with Superchips Tuning, in Florida to enhance
the X-TYPE’s engine management system. Together with a new Borla
stainless steel, 2.5-inch diameter exhaust, and an XP high-flow
intake, the changes deliver an extra 30bhp to the X-TYPE’s 3.0-liter
AJ-V6, increasing power to around 260bhp.
"One of the main goals we set ourselves to achieve was to develop the X-TYPE to accommodate 19-inch wheels," explains bonspeed® president, Brad Fanshaw.
Fanshaw and his team worked with suspension specialists Detroit Speed & Engineering to develop a new, slimmer tubular trailing arm rear link. This allows the bonspeed® X-TYPE to be fitted with not only taller 19-inch rims, but wider 255/35-19 Michelin Pilot tires.
To give the concept the kind of stopping power to match its extra grip, 13-inch cross-drilled Baer rotors were fitted, clamped by Baer calipers. Front and rear Koni shocks, together with stiffer Eibach springs, give the bonspeed® X-TYPE sharper handling and tighter body control.
An Interior to Match