Luxury, quality and craftsmanship have always been hallmarks of Jaguarâ€™s premium mid-sized S-TYPE sports sedan. But for 2007, Jaguar takes luxury to the next level with the addition of several new standard features and a new luxury package.
For the S-TYPE owner looking to add even more luxury to the supercharged performance of the 400bhp S-TYPE R, Jaguar is introducing a new â€˜Luxuryâ€™ package. In place of the Râ€™s contemporary gray-stained Birdâ€™s-Eye Maple wood trim, it comes with warm Burl Walnut veneers. It also adds Jaguarâ€™s highest-quality soft-grain leather-trimmed seating with contrast piping, bright exterior accents, an electric rear sunblind and Adaptive Cruise Control.
However, itâ€™s not just the flagship S-TYPE R that gets the luxury treatment. For 2007, both the entry 3.0 and V8-powered 4.2 come outfitted with Jaguarâ€™s highest-quality soft-grain leather-trimmed seats with contrast piping, Burl Walnut veneers and bright mirror caps.
The entry-level S-TYPE 3.0 is even more appealing by including the Premium Package â€“ previously a $1,600 option â€“ as standard. It includes electrically adjustable pedals, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a memory system for the driverâ€™s seat, door mirrors, steering column and pedals, power lumbar adjustment, and electrochromic mirrors.
â€˜Jaguar has always set the benchmark in craftsmanship and luxury with its interiors,â€™ said Bibiana Boerio, Jaguar Cars managing director. â€˜By continuously upgrading our interiors, we hope to make the experience of stepping into a new Jaguar even more rewarding.â€™
When the original S-TYPE was introduced in 1999, it launched Jaguar into a wider market, and a new era of modern design and technology. As Jaguarâ€™s first, all-new mid-sized, luxury sports sedan in three decades, it helped make Jaguar more accessible and appealing to a younger generation of buyers.
Since its introduction, the S-TYPE has continued to evolve. For the 2002 model year, the all-new supercharged S-TYPE R was unveiled, while a new six-speed ZF automatic transmission â€“ an industry first in the segment at that time â€“ became available across the entire S-TYPE range. Inside, the car featured a re-designed dashboard, center console and door panels.
For the 2005 model year, the carâ€™s sleek, distinctive lines were toned-up to become more contemporary and athletic, giving the luxury sedan more obvious muscle definition. The addition of new chrome mesh grille inserts in 2006 continued to build on the S-TYPEâ€™s sporting appearance.
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And for 2007, Jaguar is focusing again on the S-TYPEâ€™s interior, upgrading the materials, raising the luxury benchmark, and further increasing the carâ€™s appeal to astute, confident, image-conscious buyers.
EXTERIOR DESIGN â€“ A STYLE ICON
The key design changes introduced for the 2005 S-TYPE, succeeded in giving the car a more contemporary, more athletic look.
Design Director, Ian , and his team took the original S-TYPEâ€™s iconic lines and focused on giving the whole front of the car a crisper, more powerful look and stance. In addition, the way the S-TYPEâ€™s curvaceous hood meets the complex curves of the headlamp apertures changed too, giving much tighter panel fits and emphasizing Jaguarâ€™s fine build quality.
At the base of the doors, the prominent sills of the original were reshaped to blend seamlessly into the body side contours. This made the new S-TYPE visually longer and leaner between the wheels, while balancing the stronger proportions of the nose.
At the rear, distinctive round jewel-like tail lamps blended smoothly into the new curves of the tail and were balanced with a new trunk â€˜plinthâ€™. Even the shape of the license plate recess changed subtly by toning down the oval theme, reducing the number of conflicting lines and, again, adding new muscle tone.
The new sleek lines improved aerodynamics and enhanced performance, as well as helping to reduce rear lift. For the S-TYPE R, a spoiler along the trunk lip added aerodynamic stability at maximum speeds.
Today, the S-TYPE continues to compete at the heart of the premium mid-sized segment. Its combination of bold, distinctive styling, sporting dynamics, outstanding comfort and refinement, and unrivalled emotional resonance continues to enhance the S-TYPEâ€™s appeal to the buyer demanding strong value from a luxury car.
INTERIOR â€“ LUXURY HEIGHTENED
The S-TYPEâ€™s cabin is a special place to be. It combines Jaguar quality and craftsmanship with leading-edge technology and the latest innovations in safety engineering.
Those front seats may look and feel the height of luxury with their soft-grain leather-trimmed seating accented with contrast piping, but beneath the leather surface are seat frames constructed of strong, but exceptionally lightweight magnesium. The S-TYPEâ€™s stunning dashboard which is crafted from hand-picked Burl Walnut veneers and given a mirror-like finish, is also mounted on a magnesium base frame structure that reduces the weight of the vehicle without compromising strength.
And that elegant, tactile chrome flap on the center console may look like a piece of automotive jewelry, but it controls the S-TYPEâ€™s electronic parking brake. It replaces the traditional, space-consuming handbrake, or awkward pedal in the footwell.
For rear seat passengers, the S-TYPEâ€™s contoured bench seat is a place of real luxury and comfort, providing an excellent 37 inches of legroom. But the backrest is split 60/40 and folds to increase dramatically the carâ€™s luggage space â€“ along with the S-TYPEâ€™s versatility and practicality.
V6 OR V8 â€“ REFINED JAGUAR POWER
The 2007 Jaguar S-TYPE leaps way ahead of the pack when it comes to a refined, but sporting character in a luxury package. Outfitted with an impressive range of power options, from the 235bhp 3.0-liter V6 engine to the spectacular supercharged version of the technically advanced V8 engine in the 400bhp S-TYPE R, and paired with a ZF six-speed automatic, the S-TYPE delivers on its performance promise.
The standard lightweight, all-aluminum V6 engine offers outstanding specific power outputs resulting from four overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable cam phasing and four-mode variable geometry air intakes.
The 3.0-liter AJ-V6 produces 235bhp at 6,800 rpm and a muscular 216 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100rpm. That gives standstill-to-60mph acceleration in 7.5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 121mph.
The S-TYPEâ€™s 4.2-liter four-cam 32-valve V8, with Variable Camshaft Phasing, is available in two versions: naturally aspirated or mechanically supercharged in the range-topping S-TYPE R. Both versions are extremely light and strong due to the extensive use of aluminum. The exceptional stiffness minimizes engine noise and increases reliability, while direct-acting aluminum bucket tappets need no adjustment for the life of the engine.
The S-TYPE 4.2â€²s naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 develops 300bhp at 6,000 rpm and 303 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm, while the supercharged S-TYPE R version delivers 400bhp at 6,100 rpm and 413 lb.-ft. of torque at only 3,500 rpm. At least 86 percent of the peak torque figure is available all the way from 2,000 rpm to maximum engine speed â€“ and that massive flexibility remains a defining characteristic of S-TYPE R performance.
Each 2007 S-TYPE V8 model offers athletic performance. The naturally-aspirated 4.2 V8 offers 0-to-60mph acceleration in just 6.2 seconds and an electronically limited maximum speed of 121 mph. The thrilling supercharged S-TYPE R dispenses with the 0-to-60 mph sprint in a mere 5.3 seconds â€“ and keeps accelerating till it reaches its electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.
Back in 2002, the S-TYPE R adopted a six-speed automatic transmission, a perfect match for the V8â€²s power and torque. It now comes standard with all of the S-TYPE engines.
Built by ZF, the light, compact unit is a traditional automatic with six ratios and an adaptive Mechatronic shift, which responds to both road conditions and handling of the car. Paired with Jaguarâ€™s trademark J-gate gear selector, recently upgraded with electronic â€˜shift-by-wireâ€™ control for improved feel and lever action, the winning combination boasts smooth gearshifts and optimum performance.
DRIVING DYNAMICS â€“ PERFORMANCE WITH POISE
Alongside style, the S-TYPEâ€™s key characteristic and the Jaguar buyerâ€™s key expectation is exceptional driving dynamics â€“ combining the comfort and refinement of a luxury car with the handling, stability, response and driver involvement of a sports car. And, just like the styling, the S-TYPEâ€™s dynamics raise it above the premium sedan crowd.
The latest S-TYPE bodyshell, initially introduced in 2003, is 10 percent stiffer than that of the original car, creating a perfect platform for the drastically revised suspension, with aluminum control arms, which was also introduced in 2003.
At the front, the S-TYPEâ€™s suspension uses unequal length wishbones to minimize track and camber changes. The two forged aluminum arms of the lower wishbone are linked by a ball joint and are connected by rubber and hydraulic bushes to the non-isolated front subframe.
The forged aluminum upper A-frame incorporates two fluid-block bushes and an integral ball joint for added refinement. It connects to the body and controls the geometry for improved straight-line stability. The upper control arm axis is also inclined, providing improved anti-dive characteristics under heavy braking.
The coil springs, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bars and steering are all tuned to provide the subtly different characters of the different models from the 3.0-liter V6 to the very high performance, supercharged 4.2-liter V8 R.
Recent revisions include a new subframe with stiffer mountings and larger diameter bushes for enhanced, and more refined ride and handling. A revised toe-link, introduced in the 2003 model year, improves rear wheel alignment, while a lowered roll center maintains overall balance with the completely new front suspension.
Impressive stopping performance is provided by recently introduced (2006MY) Conti-Teves braking systems that are designed to provide greater stopping power, shorter braking distances and improved brake pedal feel.
The S-TYPEâ€™s exceptional body stiffness and carefully revised reduced-friction suspension mountings, not only optimize ride and handling balance and give the car a solidly engineered quality, but also have a significant effect on refinement and minimizing road noise and vibration, not to mention the elimination of potential squeaks and rattles.
Servotronic variable-ratio power-assisted steering is standard across the range, for minimum parking effort at low speeds and maximum precision and feedback at higher speeds.
For the ultimate in sports sedan handling, look no further than the S-TYPE R, which comes standard with enhanced Computer Active Technology Suspension (eCATS), a two-stage sport suspension. On a twisty, bumpy road, eCATS maximizes comfort, handling and driver control by switching the systemâ€™s dampers from the normal â€˜softâ€™ setting to â€˜firmâ€™ in milliseconds, which improves vehicle stability, particularly during cornering or braking.
Depending on the situation, eCATS automatically switches the rear dampers slightly ahead of the front pair at a low speed to reduce transient understeer for improved agility and turn-in performance. At high speed, the system automatically switches the front dampers ahead of the rear pair to increase understeer for improved stability.
For maximum performance, the S-TYPE R pairs eCATS with R Performance brakes and 18-inch alloys fitted with high-performance, P245/40 R18 tires.
S-TYPE SAFETY â€“ BENCHMARK PROTECTION
Another area where Jaguar continues to exceed expectations is safety. In addition to front, side-impact, and front and rear side-curtain airbags, the 2007 S-TYPE offers Jaguarâ€™s industry-leading Adaptive Restraint Technology System (A.R.T.S.) with ultrasonic front passenger sensing coupled with dual-stage front airbags.
Introduced as the worldâ€™s first ultrasonic occupant sensing system Standard, A.R.T.S. is a major advance in passive safety that comes standard on all new S-TYPE derivatives. A.R.T.S. combines ultrasonic occupant sensing with a series of other sensors that collects data on passenger weight, position of the driver in relation to the steering wheel and whether or not safety belts are being worn.
Then, communicating through a central processor, A.R.T.S. can tailor airbag response to the needs of each front seat occupant and the severity of a frontal impact, controlling whether the two-stage airbags need to be inflated fully, partially, or at all.
Also working with A.R.T.S. is an effective energy-absorbing seating system which incorporates an anti-whiplash mechanism in the front seat back rests and pyrotechnic pre-tensioners for all safety belts, further minimizing risk of injury in the event of an accident. The S-TYPE also features a decoupling brake pedal mechanism and a deformable plastic fuel tank.
While occupants are protected by A.R.T.S. inside, the stiff and strong S-TYPE body maximizes protection on the outside.
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is a standard active safety system for the new S-TYPE, enhancing safety at the limits of grip and road holding to improve control in potentially dangerous driving conditions.
DSC recognizes the onset of instability and takes measures to counteract it by engaging the S-TYPE systems to act appropriately. Depending on the situation, DSC might respond by reducing engine torque, or selectively applying gentle braking to one or more wheels or a combination of both. The system also intervenes to prevent wheelspin in low grip conditions, automatically reducing power and, if necessary, braking individual wheels.
The S-TYPEâ€™s ability to go fast is equally matched by its ability to stop. The new-in-2006 Conti-Teves four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) provides the S-TYPE driver with greater stopping power, shorter braking distances and improved brake pedal feel.
For more severe situations, Jaguarâ€™s standard Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) provides the extra power needed. By detecting rapid, hard applications of the brake pedal (often known as an emergency-braking situation), EBA automatically applies the additional pressure that the driver has not provided in order to enter the ABS zone and achieve maximum braking. Faster acting than any driver, it can dramatically cut braking distances, with obvious safety benefits.
Source â€“ Jaguar
S-TYPE 2007 MODEL YEAR
â€¢ Executive Jaguar saloon with four engine variants including class-leading 2.7-litre twin-turbo diesel, 3.0-litre V6 petrol and renowned 4.2-litre naturally aspirated and supercharged V8s
â€¢ Streamlined styling combined with advanced technology and legendary Jaguar ride and handling make the S-TYPE the epitome of the contemporary, sporting Jaguar saloon.
â€¢ From the top-of-the-range 400bhp (DIN), 155mph supercharged S-TYPE R which is capable of 60mph in just 5.3 seconds to the highly acclaimed twin-turbo 2.7-litre diesel which offers a 0-60mph time of just 8.1 seconds yet returns 41.5mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle, outstanding Jaguar innovation is clear across the range
â€¢ The diesel-engined S-TYPE is offered with either a much-admired six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The 3.0-litre petrol is available with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, while both 4.2-litre V8 models are equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission.
â€¢ AJD-V6 diesel engine is the lightest unit of its type and size, weighing just 202kg
â€¢ Latest generation, high pressure, common-rail direct-injection technology, including â€˜multiple pilotâ€™ injection with piezo-electric control, ensures maximum efficiency
â€¢ Maximum power of 152kW (207PS) EEC, 153kW (206bhp) DIN and maximum torque of 435Nm (320lb ft) make this a Diesel Jaguar with real performance: a top speed of 230kph (143mph), and 0-100kph (0-60mph) in just 8.5 (8.1) seconds in the manual version and 8.6 (8.2) seconds in the auto
â€¢ An impressive combined fuel economy figure of 6.8l/100km (41.5mpg) with manual gearbox, and a low CO2 figure of only 179g/km
â€¢ Comprehensive safety features in every S-TYPE include front, side and side-curtain airbags, Jaguarâ€™s Adaptive Restraint Technology System (A.R.T.S.) and Anti-lock Braking System
â€¢ Wide range of standard interior features in every S-TYPE including automatic climate control with dual zone control for driver and front passenger, electrically adjustable seats, multi-function steering wheel controls for audio, cruise control and (where fitted) BluetoothÂ® telephone connectivity and voice control, trip computer, Jaguar Alpine Sound System with AM/FM radio and single slot CD player
â€¢ Comprehensive security system includes remote central locking and driveaway locking, ultrasonic intrusion sensing, radio frequency remote control and engine immobiliser (Thatcham 1 approved)
â€¢ Key optional features include 19-inch wheels across the range, electrically adjustable pedals, Front and Rear Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert, in addition to existing driver aids.
Price this car:
MSRP: $48,335 â€“ $63,335
Invoice: $43,985 â€“ $57,635
Source: Jaguar Press Release