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General Information
Vehicle Type: 2-door coupe, concept car
Price: $---,---
Miles Per Gallon: --/-- mpg
Drivetrain
Configuration Front Engine/RWD
Engine: Twin-Turbo Diesel V6
Displacement: 2700 cc
Horsepower: 230 bhp @ ---- rpm
Torque: 369 lb-ft @ ---- rpm
Max RPM: ---- rpm
Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
Dimensions
Weight: 3285 lbs
Height: --.- in
Length: ---.- in
Width: --.- in
Wheelbase: --.- in
Track: f: --.- / r: --.- in
Performance
0-60 mph: 5.9 sec
0-100 mph: --.- sec
Quarter Mile: --.- sec @ --- mph
Top Speed: 155 mph (limited)
Lateral Acceleration: .--g
Braking, 60-0 mph: --- ft
Slalom Speed: --.- mph
Nürburgring Lap Time: --.- minutes
The body

Distinctive, confident and original, R-D6 has a beautiful, pure style that triggers a simple desire: I want one.

Its distinctive blend of attributes inherent in the Jaguar psyche - emotional engineering, stimulating performance, intelligent technology and downright sexy design - makes R-D6 instantly recognisable as a true Jaguar. But the styling of the car - its lines and shapes, its sheer presence - heralds a design direction that makes no apologies to past, present or future. "Respect for a glorious heritage doesn"t stop us putting in place the foundations for future generations of thrilling, dynamic Jaguars that aren"t afraid to challenge perceptions. That's what R-D6 is all about."

At 4,330mm long, R-D6 is 342mm shorter than Jaguar's smallest car, the X-TYPE saloon - and 760mm shorter than an XK8 coupé. The compact length of R-D6 is aided by short overhangs front and rear (800mm and 695mm respectively) and is achieved with a wheelbase of 2,840mm.

To ensure R-D6 is a true four-seater, the design team refused to compromise on width or height (2,150mm and 1,390mm) but succeeded nonetheless in crafting a beautifully compact coupé that has all the road presence - and more - that you expect of a Jaguar.

Whether it is the grille that draws your eye, or the vents integrated into the bonnet and flanks of the car, or the aluminium finisher swooping over the entire side glass area, there is some instant attraction for everyone in the design of R-D6.

The headlights reveal a fresh interpretation of the twin-lamp style featured by Jaguars so successfully - and naturally - for many years. Both front and rear lights use LED technology to deliver the best possible function while maintaining beautiful form.

For many, though, it will be the details that make R-D6 so irresistibly attractive. Details such as the flush-mounted door handles, which pivot on the front edge to activate an electrical actuator that opens the door; the centrally mounted twin-pipe exhausts; the aluminium boot finisher engraved with the Jaguar script; or even the Leaper on the back of the car.

The structure

"We"ve already proved with the new XJ what advantages there are in using aluminium within a lightweight vehicle structure. It's natural that this technology will feature in Jaguar's future - and what better place to start than R-D6."

The aluminium chassis of R-D6 is similar to that of the new XJ and is constructed using many of the same advanced technologies - with all the accompanying advantages, including outstanding strength, robustness and durability in a true lightweight architecture.

Castings such as the front suspension turrets have also benefited from techniques used in the new XJ, while the body is of aluminium and composite materials.

R-D6 rides on 21-inch wheels, machined from solid aluminium specifically for this car. They are shod with unique, ultra-low-profile Pirelli tyres: 255/30 R21 on the front and a massive 275/30 R21 on the rear. Look through the spokes of the beautiful wheels and you"ll see Jaguar R-Performance discs and calipers.

The heart

The all-new diesel engine that powers R-D6 encapsulates the spirit of Jaguar today and at the same time reinforces the promise of its future. Due to make its debut in a production Jaguar - the S-TYPE - in mid-2004, the 2.7-litre V6 features twin turbochargers and the latest, high-pressure, common-rail direct injection, making it among the most advanced high-performance diesel engines in the world.

Innovations such as a Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI) cylinder block - which provides outstanding strength and durability as well as weighing less than a traditional cast iron unit - allied to state-of-the-art electronic engine control systems have given Jaguar the engine that the marque, and many thousands of potential customers, have been waiting for.

"Why not use a sophisticated diesel engine in a luxury sports coupe? Sir William Lyons was never afraid to innovate and if he was alive and running the company today, I"m sure this is exactly the sort of progress he would be embracing."

For R-D6, the 24-valve engine is tuned beyond road-going levels, but central to its design is the need to deliver all the power, refinement and spirited performance that Jaguar drivers demand. The V6 diesel engine that today brings a concept car fully to life will, in less than a year, be putting a smile on the face of Jaguar customers.

Inside

To appreciate fully the interior of R-D6 takes a while, partly because you spend as much time touching as you do looking. The materials in the cabin are a blend of classic with a contemporary twist and modern bordering on the futuristic. And as you would expect from Jaguar, there are a couple of refreshingly idiosyncratic touches...

Aluminium features extensively in both milled and formed guise. Two types of leather - lightly grained, carbon-black aniline and 8mm thick black saddle leather - are used throughout the interior. Satin-finish Black American Walnut veneer complements the Piano Black gloss veneer that was introduced on the new XJ.

Probably the best way to visualise the interior of R-D6 is to imagine yourself sitting in the luxurious, moulded composite driver's seat, your back supported by a "spine" of tensioned leather that weaves through the structure of the seat and then loops forward at the top to provide an integral head restraint. The seat is constructed with internal ducts to allow heating or cooling according to driver preference.

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Image Credits: Jaguar
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