New 4.2-S special edition models unveiled at the 2005 Geneva International Salon (1 March) mark another advance for the Jaguar XK.

Available as either coupe or convertible, with a choice of two V8 engines – one of them supercharged – the new 4.2-S can be ordered now.

Encompassing all the styling features introduced last year to give the XK a bolder, even more sporting appearance, the 4.2-S package also upgrades the cabin with a compelling blend of visual changes and an increased level of specification that sees many premium features becoming standard equipment.

“Few people can walk past the Jaguar XK8 or XKR without turning and admiring the car’s exquisite lines and unmistakeable curves,’ says Ian Callum, design director, Jaguar Cars. “Last year we made sure that the XK range was able to stand the test of time with a wide range of exterior design changes such as a deeper mouth for the front air intake, new sills and a revised rear bumper and spoiler. Now we have additional new colours and interior trims to allow customers to drive a Jaguar with a bespoke interior feel.”

The 4.2-S heads the 2006MY XK range. It will be offered in four new limited edition exterior colours – Copper Black Metallic, Frost Blue Metallic, Bay Blue Metallic and Satin Silver Metallic – in addition to the wide palette already in existence. With three interior colours and two distinct veneer options for the instrument panel, XK8 models will offer a new luxurious Elm wood veneer as standard for the interior trim, while XKR cabins will be lined with a sporty Carbon Fibre veneer set, with Elm veneer as a non-cost option. A new interior carpet colour, Dove, is also offered for the first time on a Jaguar.

In recognition of Jaguar’s racing heritage, special badging and accents adorn the 2006MY models, including the 4.2-S. Polished door treadplates feature chequered flag emblems and leather-edged embossed floor mats line the footwells. The revised white Jaguar Growler badge on the bonnet also features new chequered flag accents on the sides of the emblem. New darkened rear light clusters further enhance the sporting credentials of the Jaguar XK range.

The XK8 models feature 19-inch ‘Atlas’ style wheels, while the XKR models get a new, unique 20-inch split rim BBS Perseus performance wheel. The XKR also gets cross-drilled Brembo brake discs, red wheel badges and red brake callipers to reinforce its sporting credentials.