2000 Jaguar XK180 Concept

Jaguar North America unveiled the second edition of the XK180 roadster concept at the 2000 North American International Auto Show. This fully operational prototype is a further-developed version of the original XK180 concept car, which debuted at last fall’s Paris Motor Show. Like the first XK180, this vehicle is a product of Jaguars Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), hand-built in the SVO shops at Browns Lane in Coventry, England. The second-edition car is better adapted for American driving conditions with left hand drive, and it embodies a number of detail changes, including a new wheel design, a revised shade for the exterior color, a switch in the hue of the interior leather and subtle modifications to feature lines on the lower body section.

The XK180 roadster concept is a testament to the high degree of talent, creativity and enthusiasm which exists at Jaguar today, said Michael H. Dale, president – Jaguar North America. It’s clear that the pride and spirit that are fueling Jaguars resurgence today also will drive the product expansion in the coming years.

Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the XK series sports cars, the XK180 design draws inspiration from some of the most successful production and competition cars of Jaguars history.

The performance standards set at the XKs introduction will be celebrated by the XK180, too. Just as the XK120 proved itself worthy of the numerical designation a half century ago with a 126.448 mph run at Jabbeke, Belgium.

While the building of a second XK180 offered SVO an opportunity to incorporate a number of alterations, the performance attributes are unchanged in this version. The engine is a supercharged and intercooled variant of the AJ-V8, modified to achieve an output of 450 horsepower. The five-speed automatic transmission incorporates a Jaguar-engineered selector system which enables gear changes using pushbuttons located on the steering wheel. A Brembo braking system featuring aluminum four-piston calipers and cross-drilled, ventilated rotors provides commensurate stopping power. The 20-inch diameter wheels are fitted with ultra low profile Pirelli Pzero tires.

To create the XK180, the SVO group disassembled a production XKR (an XK8 with the 370-horsepower supercharged AJ-V8) and shortened the chassis by five inches. The aluminum exterior body panels were formed at Abbey Panels in Coventry, working to drawings by Keith Helfet, a senior designer in the Jaguar Styling Department.

In Detail

price $ $ Prototype
engine Supercharged V8
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement 3996 cc / 243.9 in³
bore 86.0 mm / 3.39 in
stroke 86.0 mm / 3.39 in
compression 9.0:1
power 335.6 kw / 450.0 bhp @ 6150 rpm
specific output 112.61 bhp per litre
bhp/weight bhp per tonne
torque 603.3 nm / 445.0 ft lbs @ 3600 rpm
driven wheels Front Engine / RWD
front tires F P255/35-20
rear tires R P285/30-20
front brakes Vented Discs
f brake size x 356 mm / x 14.0 in
rear brakes Vented Discs
r brake size x 315 mm / x 12.4 in
front wheels F 50.8 x 22.9 cm / 20.0 x 9.0 in
rear wheels R 50.8 x 25.4 cm / 20.0 x 10.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Variable Power Assist
curb weight 1565 kg / 3450 lbs
wheelbase 2461 mm / 96.9 in
front track 1501 mm / 59.1 in
rear track 1499 mm / 59.0 in
length 4417 mm / 173.9 in
width 1821 mm / 71.7 in
transmission 5-Speed Auto
gear ratios :1