Arden AJ 24: Sharper Claws for the Compact Jaguar

Arden AJ 24: Sharper Claws for the Compact Jaguar

06.10.2017: Jaguar is a quintessentially British brand with a 70-year-old reputation for its fine blend of aristocratic airs, and the power and dynamics of the predatory

Jaguar is a quintessentially British brand with a 70-year-old reputation for its fine blend of aristocratic airs, and the power and dynamics of the predatory cat it is named after.



At the turn of the 21st Century these same attributes became available on a smaller scale when Jaguar entered the premium compact class with the X-Type. And in 2008, Jaguar’s mid-sized XF took a stab at the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class.



Also penned by Jaguar design guru, Ian Callum, the XE of 2015 now represents the British luxury brand in the premium compact class, and is ripe for personalisation by German Jaguar specialists Arden Automobilbau who have 35 years experience in this craft!



Their newest creation is the Jaguar XE-based Arden AJ 24, presented here in black with yellow colour accents. The unique customising package starts with a set of 8.0Jx19-inch Arden Sportline Black Edition alloy wheels shod with 225/40ZR19 tyres, which fill the wheel arches perfectly.



This is complemented by the Arden Sport spring kit, which lowers the ride height by 30 mm, giving the car a perceived predatory feline stance along with less roll and better handling. These attributes can be further improved using small wheel spacers to widen the track and bring the wheels even closer to the edge of the arches. A finishing touch for fans of Jaguar nostalgia is the classic leaping cat on the bonnet above the radiator grille, which Arden now offers to its customers.



Recognised as a vehicle manufacturer by the KBA (Kraftfahrt Bundesamt), the German transport authority, Arden also offers power upgrades for the supercharged petrol and turbocharged diesel engines installed in the Jaguar XE range. For example, the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine that powers the flagship XE S model can be uprated to produce a rousing 422 hp, along with 573 Nm of torque.



Acoustic perfection for the Arden AJ 24 comes from the Arden sports exhaust with free-flow silencer box ending in a pair of 100 mm tailpipes stamped with the Arden logo. This European type approved exhaust gives the British sports saloon a beefier soundtrack.



For owners of diesel models the Arden Active Soundsystem delivers an authentic motor sound to the cabin to help occupants forget they have a compression-ignition engine up front. Five interesting sound profiles from a sonorous V6 to a deep, burbling V8 are remotely selectable by the driver.



The experienced craftsmen in Arden’s trim department have also added a few bespoke finishing touches to the factory red and black leather clad interior, not least with the specially trimmed and colour coded black leather / Alcantara sports steering wheel with race style red band at the 12 o‘clock mark. The aluminium pedal set and plush floor mats featuring Arden logos continue the luxury sports theme in the footwells.



The Arden trim department is also happy to tackle individual customer commissions and will happily undertake a complete re-trim using the finest materials such as Nappa leather, carbon-fibre, and precious woods.



Arden Automobilbau GmbH, Krefeld  also photos

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06.10.2017 / MaP

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