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  Jaguar R-D6
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:2003
Introduced at:2003 Frankfurt Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionObservers will point to 'classic' Jaguar design cues - such as the grille - on R-D6, but it is important to realise that such features are there not because they commemorate Jaguar's past, but because they are intrinsically 'right' for a thoroughly modern Jaguar. R-D6 also takes advantage of Jaguar's lightweight structure strategy, as pioneered in the new XJ saloon. Using aluminium and composite materials for the chassis and body, R-D6 weighs just 1500kg. This allows it to capitalise on the power - and, more importantly, the torque - delivered by its V6 engine. And it's the engine that will surprise many people - although, when you think about it, a high-performance 2.7-litre diesel engine makes perfect sense. Confirming Jaguar as a potent new force in the world of large-capacity diesels, the bi-Turbo V6 is a tuned version of the engine that will make its debut in the S-TYPE in 2004. With horsepower in excess of 230bhp and a massive 500Nm of torque, the V6 diesel engine endows R-D6 with the pace to satisfy its looks and R-Performance rating. Acceleration from standstill to the benchmark 60mph takes less than six seconds. Top speed is an electronically limited 155mph.

Distinctive, confident and original, R-D6 has a beautiful, pure style that triggers a simple desire: I want one. Its distinctive blend of attributes inherent in the Jaguar psyche - emotional engineering, stimulating performance, intelligent technology and downright sexy design - makes R-D6 instantly recognisable as a true Jaguar. But the styling of the car - its lines and shapes, its sheer presence - heralds a design direction that makes no apologies to past, present or future. At 4,330mm long, R-D6 is 342mm shorter than Jaguar's smallest car, the X-TYPE saloon - and 760mm shorter than an XK8 coupé. The compact length of R-D6 is aided by short overhangs front and rear (800mm and 695mm respectively) and is achieved with a wheelbase of 2,840mm.

To appreciate fully the interior of R-D6 takes a while, partly because you spend as much time touching as you do looking. The materials in the cabin are a blend of classic with a contemporary twist and modern bordering on the futuristic. And as you would expect from Jaguar, there are a couple of refreshingly idiosyncratic touches... Aluminium features extensively in both milled and formed guise. Two types of leather - lightly grained, carbon-black aniline and 8mm thick black saddle leather - are used throughout the interior. Satin-finish Black American Walnut veneer complements the Piano Black gloss veneer that was introduced on the new XJ. Probably the best way to visualise the interior of R-D6 is to imagine yourself sitting in the luxurious, moulded composite driver's seat, your back supported by a 'spine' of tensioned leather that weaves through the structure of the seat and then loops forward at the top to provide an integral head restraint. The seat is constructed with internal ducts to allow heating or cooling according to driver preference.

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