The previous Jaguar R-D6 concept (ЗР, 2004, No. 2) was made in the style of the legendary model of the late 1940s ХК 120. And the prototype “Jaguar Edvansed Lightweight Coupe” resembles the no less famous model E, which debuted in 1961.
The head of the design team, Iain Kallum, claims to have carefully studied the legacy of Malcolm Sayer, who created the Jaguar-E body. Under the influence of this model, they formulated the principle: there is no design for the sake of design. The stylistics of model E, according to Callum, are pure geometry, a “set of ellipses” (I add from myself - extremely skillfully folded). They tried to make Lightweight Coupe as concise, dispensing with fancy, overly broken lines and screaming decor. The body of the concept, say the designers, is “a skin tightly stretched over the chassis.” More precisely, on an aluminum spatial frame. The technology has already been tested on the serial sedan XJ. The design is 60% lighter than a similar steel and 40% stiffer. The gain and dynamics, and efficiency, and manageability.
Conceptual "Jaguar" equipped with a V8 engine. Its characteristics are not indicated. Most likely, this is a 4.2-liter engine with a power of 290 kW / 395 hp, familiar from the S, XJ and XK models. The prototype can reach 96 km / h (60 mph) in less than 5 s. Top speed is 288 km / h (180 mph). Characteristics worthy of a purebred sports car. But the Jaguar is not a wild predator that requires an experienced trainer-pilot, but a well-mannered, albeit very strong offspring of the cat family. All kinds of electronic devices will help you ride comfortably and safely. For example, the adaptive suspension adapts to road conditions and driving style. The car will not diligently “shake the soul” out of the driver and his companions unless you drive too fast.
The interior, trimmed with leather and aluminum, was created according to the classic formula of the 2 + 2 sports coupe. In the rear seats, of course, not too easy, but separate bucket seats are good. Of the interesting, although already known by serial models, solutions are the adjustable pedal assembly and the gearbox control with “oars” under the wheel that rotate with it.