As production of the Jaguar XK coupe and convertible winds down this year, Jaguar plans to celebrate the car with a special XK Final Fifty limited edition. Based on the existing high-performance XKR model, the 2015 Final Fifty will be sold as 25 convertibles and 25 coupes.
The 2015 model year is the last year for the current Jaguar XK, which was introduced at the 2005 Frankfurt auto show. The Jaguar F-Type coupe and convertible essentially replace the XK in the Jag lineup. However, as European bureau chief Georg Kacher reported, a new model called the XR Gran Turismo will arrive in 2017 to replace the current XK. It will be built on a stretched version of the F-Type platform and will be a more expensive, more upmarket grand tourer.
The 2015 Jaguar XK Final Fifty is based on the XKR model, which has a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine rated for 510 hp. The cars will all be painted in Ultimate Black and wear special badges and doorsill plates, along with sports seats with diamond-stitched white leather. The Dynamic and Performance packages are included as standard, lowering the car’s ride height by 0.4 inch, and adding unique suspension tuning, a larger rear wing, a rear diffuser, new side skirts, and 20-inch wheels. That also raises the Jaguar XK’s top-speed limiter from 155 mph to 174 mph. The 0-to-60-mph sprint takes a claimed 4.6 seconds.
This Final Fifty edition takes inspiration from the 1974 Jaguar E-Type. To round out production of that iconic car, Jaguar sold 50 special-edition versions of it (49 in black and one in British Racing Green), with a special plaque memorializing them as special cars. According to Jaguar, those 50 E-Types are now highly sought-after by collectors.
Pricing for the Final Fifty edition has yet to be announced. The 2014 Jaguar XKR coupe starts at $98,425, including a $925 destination charge, while the XKR convertible costs $104,425.