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The Cat goes limo with the Jaguar XJ Ultimate

For the Jaguar enthusiast who has everything comes a Jaguar with everything, the XJ Ultimate.

Premiered at the Beijing Auto Show, the XJ Ultimate is a long-wheelbase XJ, the interior changes provide a fully-appointed luxury business class experience aimed at the most discerning of global customers. The XJ Ultimate offers the appointments of a private jet in a package to suit a wide range of requirements.

A full-length, leather-trimmed centre console separates the two individually tailored rear seats which feature power adjustment, ventilation, massage and lumbar functions. A table, machined from solid aluminum with piano-black and chrome detailing, rises up from the centre console at the touch of a button to provide a working area, its role supplemented by the provision of two third-generation iPadsĀ® with wireless keyboards that are housed in bespoke leather-trimmed docks in the rear of the front seats.

Switching the focus from business to pleasure is the bespoke champagne chiller mounted between the two rear seats. This cools the bottle to what experts agree is the perfect temperature before 'presenting' it forwards when the chiller is opened. Two specially commissioned champagne flutes reside in a purpose made cabinet beneath the centre table.

A full rear seat package with twin headrest screens and wireless headphones completes the experience in combination with a new 20-speaker surround sound in-car entertainment system developed by British audio expertsMeridian.

To underline its purpose in ensuring that passengers remain cosseted at all times, the XJ Ultimate features revisions to the suspension to optimize rear ride comfort, with no compromise to the car's breadth of dynamic ability.

The exterior detailing of the XJ Ultimate offers discreet clues to the model's figurehead status with sculpted lower air intakes chromed to match the grille, polished stainless steel oval exhaust pipe finishers, unique dual-surfaced alloy wheels and subtle 'Ultimate' badging.

Outside, the lower front air intakes are reshaped and chrome finished, matching the powerful Jaguar grille, while LED daytime-running lights underline the assertively shaped headlamps.

The 20-inch Maroa forged alloy wheels are unique to this model and feature a dual-tone color scheme. A dark grey, technical finish is applied to the inner surfaces of the spokes which contrasts with the bright, polished surfacing on the outer edges, combining to create an appearance that is both glamorous and purposeful.

The first 20 Ultimate models made will be painted in Celestial Black, but customers can also order their car in Polaris White - and any color in between. In addition to an exclusive extended palette of paint colors, including a new 'chromaflare' range, XJ Ultimate customers can order their car color-matched to any shade of their choosing on provision of a suitable sample for a true bespoke experience.

The XJ Ultimate will be offered with Jaguar's existing 5.0-litre V8 gas engine in supercharged form, and the 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged diesel. The XJ Ultimate will also be offered with a new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged gas engine being introduced to the range for the 2013 model year.

The 3.0-litre V6 S/C will be offered in tandem with Jaguar's Intelligent Stop-Start system and, in common with all powertrain options, will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

No word on pricing or availablitly.

4/23/12

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