2004 Bonspeed X-Type Concept
LAS VEGAS, Nev., November 2, 2004 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
A ‘Red Hot’ Exterior
The exterior of the bonspeedÂ® 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 bonspeeds 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.
To give the Jaguar extra power, bonspeed worked with Superchips Tuning, in Florida to enhance the X-TYPEs 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-TYPEs 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 bonspeedÂ® 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.
The concepts new interior is as radical as its exterior. New Recaro F1 race-style bucket seats were added to the front, while the complete cabin was re-trimmed in super-soft crimson leather supplied by luxury leather goods maker, Mulholland Brothers, in San Francisco. And, carbon fiber accents on the dash and gear surround are shared with the 2005 Jaguar X-TYPE 3.0 Sport.
For the cars 1200-watt in-car entertainment system, bonspeed fitted twin Sony liquid crystal TVs for front and rear passengers, along with a Sony head unit and DVD player. Sound is pumped out through Diamond Audio speakers and amplifiers, all linked together with Metra Electronics cabling.
Our plan is to eventually offer all the features seen in the bonspeed X-TYPE to X-TYPE owners. The Jaguar makes a perfect platform for a highly-expressive tuner vehicle for the enthusiast market, explains Fanshaw.
The bonspeed X-TYPE will be on display at the 2004 trade-only Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show (SEMA) at the Las Vegas Convention Center Nov 2-5.
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|valvetrain||DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl|
|displacement||3000 cc / 183.1 in³|
|bore||89 mm / 3.5 in|
|stroke||79.5 mm / 3.13 in|
|power||172.3 kw / 260 bhp @ 2800 rpm|
|specific output||86.67 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||bhp per tonne|
|torque||284 nm / 209.5 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm|
|driven wheels||Front Engine / 4WD|
|front tires||255/35-19 Michelin Pilot|
|rear tires||255/35-19 Michelin Pilot|
|front brakes||Baer Cross-Drilled Discs w/Baer Calipers|
|f brake size||x 300 mm / x 11.8 in|
|rear brakes||Baer Cross-Drilled Discs w/Baer Calipers|
|r brake size||x 280 mm / x 11.0 in|
|f suspension||Independant w/Eibach Coil-Over-Koni Shocks, Hotchkis Sway Bar|
|r suspension||Detroit Speed & Engineering Trailing Arms w/Eibach Springs, Gas Shocks, Hotchkis Sway Bars|