We have seen all kinds of art cars lately, but if we remember correctly, this may be one of the few times we actually see a Jaguar XKR Art Car. The car features a unique paint scheme courtesy of renowned local graffiti artist, Mr Kaves.
His work was done in order to attract a younger, hipper audience. The car was revealed at the STK restaurant in New York, where Mr Kaves also presented a fourth canvas based around the F-TYPE name.
Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director of Design, was impressed by the final result: "I love it. It’s a fascinating contrast of beauty and drama. There’s a real edginess to it that we can enjoy at Jaguar."
Mr Kaves said: "I was enlisted to come up with something exciting and spontaneous. I went back to my roots and picked up the spray cans. Seeing the car itself and its great lines, it just inspired me."
It’s very easy to discount a Jaguar sports car against its more heralded competition because you didn’t always get to see the Cat showing off its claws.
But now that the British company has turned over a new chapter in their company’s history, the Big Cat is primed and ready to present their new ferocious feline, the Jaguar XKR-S Coupe .
Think of all the past Jags that ran the streets of the world not so long ago. Now, imagine a sleeker, sportier, and far more menacing version that takes advantage of being the first model to be designed entirely under the guidance of Design Director Ian Callum. That’s what you get with the XKR-S Coupe.
Not only does the design blow your mind, but it’s also got the kind of performance credentials that would make the competition stand up and take notice. This promo video of the XKR-S Coupe will be all the evidence you need to understand that Jaguar means some serious business with their new sports coupe.
Don’t mistake the XKR-S Coupe for meek because if you do, you better be ready to get pounced on.
Jaguar’s lineup is nothing short of spectacular, but to give the guys over in Marketing something to do with their time, Jaguar has launched a new campaign that highlights the beauty and power of the top three dogs: the Jaguar XF , XJ , and XKR-S .
The Jaguar XF has been described as the quintessential sedan. It’s sportiness and elegance are accompanied by a choice of three diesel powertrains and two petrol versions. For the diesel, you can opt for a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine, and a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine, with power ranging from 187 HP to 275 HP. As for the two petrol engines, you have a choice between a 5.0-liter V8 and a 5.0-liter turbocharged V8. The former comes with 385 horsepower and 380 lb/ft of torque whereas the latter hits 510 horsepower and 461 lb/ft of torque.
The newest generation XJ is the first Jaguar model built on the company’s aerospace-inspired aluminum body technology. It sports a sleek and sophisticated design that’s a far departure from the past versions of the luxury car. The all-new Jaguar XJ brings a daring new spirit to automotive luxury, offering a seductive mix of striking design, breathtaking performance and engineering without compromise. US customers will only get the 5.0-liter V8 engine, in both naturally aspirated and supercharged versions, delivering a range from 385 hp to 510 hp. European customers will also get a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine producing 187 HP.
The new Jaguar XKR-S features exclusive new paint colors that reflect Jaguar’s racing heritage. As with competition Jaguar cars of the past, the exterior of the XKR-S adheres to the principle of form following function. Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s new Global Brand Director, describes the car as a "bold and exciting new model for Jaguar". He adds: "The styling of this car isn’t about image, it’s about true performance. Like other iconic Jaguar cars before it, the styling has been driven by geometry and aerodynamics for genuine design purity." Power for this elegant and stylish sports car comes from an AJ-V8 all-aluminum powerplant with twin-vortex Roots-type supercharger that delivers a total of 550 HP and 501 lb/ft of torque. This setup makes the XKR-S’ engine the most powerful Jaguar road engine ever made.
With rumors of a limited run XKR-S Coupe buzzing in the air, Jaguar is giving us a brief slice of what ’special edition’ means in their parlance.
Headed to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show are a pair of special edition models of the XK and XKR that come with some pretty eye-catching exterior and interior details. The former includes an array of color options that customers can choose from: Celestial Black, Crystal Blue, Lunar Grey, Polaris White, Rhodium Silver, and Ultima te Black. In addition, Jaguar also fitted the sports car a choice of two headlining color options - Navy with Jet or Truffle with Canvas - and two new sets of 20" alloy wheels wrapped in diamond-turned Venom wheels with a dark grey finish.
As for the interior, Jaguar put in a couple of trims, highlighted by two exclusive Artisan interior color ways: Navy with Jet headlining and Truffle with Canvas headlining. As for the convertible variants, the British automaker is also providing more options for the hood, including a choice of four colors: Black, Blue, Grey, and Brown. The interior also has seats dressed in a tactile ‘scraffito’ finished leather, an instrument binnacle, door and rear quarter casings, Poltrona Frau leather headlinings, and two new veneer finishes: Shadow Walnut and Dark Figured Aluminum.
Last, but certainly not least, the XK and XKR Special Edition models will receive Jaguar’s Dynamic Pack which comes with an modified engine that bumps up the car’s top speed from 155 mph to 174mph. The Pack also includes side sill extensions with new rear diffuser, revised adaptive dynamics, spring and damper rates, and a new front steering knuckle for optimized precision.
The days when Jaguar was considered a "daddy car" are now long gone. The British automaker, once known for being a tad conservative, has begun to roar and bare its claws with a slew of new models that are all far more aggressive than what we’ve become accustomed to.
And now, they’re taking that bar up to a whole new level with reports coming out that the company is considering building a handful of special-edition XKR-S Coupes that will be completely track-focused.
According to Frank Klaas, Jaguar’s Global Head of Communications, the proposed special edition XKR-S Coupe will be built and developed specifically for those who would want to stretch their legs on the track and lap or race to their heart’s content.
There’s no word yet on what this car will look like, but considering its purpose as a track-focused sports car, it could very well be redesigned, with the removal of the rear seats, the addition of race seats, a fire suppression system, and the inclusion of a roll cage being the first changes made. Consequently, some of the plush amenities of the "standard" XKR-S Coupe will likely be removed in favor of lighter equipment.
For their part, Jaguar is keeping a lot of things about the car tight-lipped, although it wouldn’t surprise us to see a prototype model making the auto show rounds in the near future so the company can gauge customer interest.
Jaguar made a sensational decision in producing the XKR-S Coupe and they have decided it’s time to expand the impressive line-up with the addition of a new Convertible model. The new XKR-S Convertible made its world debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and is the most powerful and fastest open-topped GT Jaguar has ever built.
The convertible uses the same 5.0-liter supercharged AJ-V8 engine as the coupe version. It delivers a total of 543 HP and a peak torque of 502 lbs-ft; enough power to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds on its way up to a top speed of 186 mph.
Just like the coupe version, the XKR-S Convertible received an impressive aerodynamic package that helps maintain stability in an open-topped car capable of speeds as high as 186mph. More than that, all the exterior changes make the XKR-S look more aggressive and sportier than ever.
Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Global Brand Director says, "There is nothing as liberating as life behind the wheel of an open-topped Jaguar and the new XKR-S Convertible takes the Jaguar GT experience to new heights."
UPDATE 02/02/2012: Jaguar has unveiled a new video showing the XKR-S Convertible as it plays in the snow somewhere in Finland. Enjoy!
More details on the 2012 Jaguar XKR-S after the jump.
Before we even get into the top list of sportscar for 2011, we think it would be best to clear something up: the new Porsche 911 would have definitely made the list if it wasn’t for the fact that it won’t be hitting Stateside until 2013.
That being said, we have a few top hitters for 2011 that we would be foolish not to take notice of. It was a battle trying to choose between the plethora of options provided in the sports car segment, but what we ended up with was a range of 450 HP to 560 HP, 0-60 mph sprint times between 4.6 seconds and 3.7 seconds, and speeds topping out between 186 mph and 198 mph.
We don’t usually associate Playboy with cars, unless scantily clad women were somehow involved, but the American men’s magazine has just unveiled the top 11 hottest models people should buy in 2012. Now guys can really say they are picking up Playboy’s latest issue for the articles!
Twenty years ago, Jaguar hit it big with the XJ220 supercar which set a production-car lap record at the Nurburgring race track. Time has past, but Jaguar is still churning out some pretty fantastic models, including the Jaguar XKR-S launched this year at the Geneva Motor Show.
So what happens when you put the two supercars next to each other? That’s what Chris Harris from British magazine, EVO, did when he had the opportunity to test the two vehicles. The XKR-S may have been left way behind the XJ220, but who cares? We still love the XKR-S with its AJ-V8 all-aluminum powerplant with twin-vortex Roots-type supercharger delivering 550 HP and its impressive top speed of 186 mph! By comparison, the XJ220 is powered by a 3,498cc 24-valve twin turbo V6 engine with 542bhp and can hit a top speed of 220 mph.