2005 Jaguar bonspeed X-Type


(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.

    Peppier Performance

    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

    Serious Wheels