It wasn’t that long ago when, in the middle of their brand reinvention, Jaguar released the refreshed XKR sports car at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. A year after the new XKR made its debut to the public, Jaguar is headed back to Geneva with another XKR model. Only this time, it’s the hot-as-a-scorching-summer’s-day XKR-S.
The new 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."
UPDATE 08/01/2011: What’s better than one Jaguar XKR-S driving around Nurburgring? Why, 12 XKR-S models, of course! Hit the jump to check out what it looks and sounds like when 12 Jaguar XKR-S models whip around the Nurburgring in a variety of colors and revving their AJ-V8 all-aluminum engines.
UPDATE 10/04/2011: Check out the gallery for new images of the Jaguar XKR-S!
The fourth episode of Top Gear 17 just aired and there seems to be a little confusion as to what these guys think a good episode constitutes. There were only a couple of notable segments for the episode, highlighted by a track review of both the new Jaguar XKR-S and the Nissan GT-R as well as an entertaining interview with British comedian, Rowan Atkinson, followed by one of the best laps a celebrity has had on-board the Reasonably-Priced Car.
The whole episode, however, was dominated by a rather confusing challenge between Jeremy Clarkson against James May and Richard Hammond on who could build the better automotive-pulled train. It sounds weird just thinking about it and trust us, it gets a whole lot weirder once you watch the segment. We love these guys to bits, but for all their great segments, they’re bound to have one or two that just aren’t as entertaining as we hoped.
What makes it even worse was that they decided to allot a significant chunk of this week’s episode on a forgettable challenge.
Check out full details of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 4 after the jump.
Jaguar has made it perfectly clear that they plan on offering the same treatment found in the XKR-S to other models in the line-up. Our first attack on the rendering front was the future XFR-S, but now it’s time to see the upcoming XKR-S Convertible which will actually arrive before the XFR-S.
The design of the convertible XKR-S really won’t change much from the coupe model. The XKR-S was originally designed as a convertible anyway so expect to see the same wide wheel arches, front and rear carbon spoilers, and extra front air scoops as found on the coupe. Under the hood, Jaguar will keep the same AJ-V8 all-aluminum engine with an output of 550 HP and 501 lb/ft of torque, so the sprint from 0 to 60 mph will remain in the 4 second range, while top speed will also be about 180 mph.
Think the XKR-S Convertible will be just as popular as the Coupe version? Hit us up in the comments section below.
The Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest shows of the year and the 2011 event certainly did not disappoint. With over 70 cars lined up and ready to take our breaths away, choosing our favorites between them all was not an easy task.
Sure, there were some easy choices, like the brand spanking new Lamborghini Aventador or the Jaguar XKR-S, or brilliant tuning projects like the ABT R8 GT S. Then there was the job of tossing out the not-so-brilliant vehicles like the Mitsubishi Global Small or the rather useless Rinspeed Bamboo. The 2011 Geneva Motor Show brought out cars from one side of the spectrum to the other, and rifling through them took some time. Some may not agree with our choices and that’s okay. However, everyone can appreciate a beautiful or highly efficient car when they see one, and we’ve gathered some exceptional specimens to share.
Hit the jump to check out our choices for the Best of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
Now that the 2011 Geneva Motor Show has come and gone, it goes without saying that the event was arguably the biggest and most successful auto show since the 2009 IAAs in Frankfurt, Germany.
Some might contend that, but as far as we’re concerned, its been a while since we had an auto show that has been as widely attended by almost all automakers in the world quite like what we saw in Geneva.
And while we may have been introduced to a lot of the cars that were launched in Geneva beforehand, there were still some models, mostly of the concept variety, that took us by surprise.
Most of these models weren’t previewed before the event so when the Geneva Motor Show opened its doors, just about everybody in attendance and those keeping tabs over the Web didn’t see these cars coming.
But now that they’re here, we can take a look at the models that made the 2011 Geneva Motor Show that much more interesting.
Jaguar first unveiled the XK (or XK8) and XKR models in 1996 as successors for the old XJS models. Ten successful years after that, the second generation was presented at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, with both versions getting facelifts a few years later in 2009. Then and now, the XK and the XKR are two of the most successful Jaguars on the market.
The XKR really deserves the logo of the wild cat. With a 510 HP V8 engine under the hood, it can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. You might say that the XKR is slower than its competitors, but let’s not forget that the XKR is about $20K less than the cheapest competitor and $30K less than the Porsche Turbo.
Jaguar just recently released their new XKR-S at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and we now have our first images of the new sports car out on the street. We think that this may even be at a Jaguar-Landrover dealer because, if you look closely, you can also see the new Range Rover Evoque in the background. Actually, there are a few shots of different Evoques with one being theHello Shanghai model provided by Landrover as part of their testing fleet. Anyway, here’s another chance to take a good hard look at the new XKR-S sports coupe designed entirely under the guidance of Design Director Ian Callum.
The new Jaguar XKR-S is powered by 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 brilliant machine is the most powerful Jaguar road engine ever made. With this amount of power, the sports coupe will get to 60mph in 4.2 seconds and will go up to a top speed of 186 mph.
Aerodynamics also helped out in the performance department. Jaguar added a new bumper design featuring near vertical feature lines running down from the edges of the oval air intake and supporting the new carbon-fiber splitter and lower spoiler. The rear gets a separate rear wing.
Jaguar unveiled the C-X75 Concept car at the 2010 Paris Auto Show to show everyone that they had plenty of potential left to uncover as an automaker. And, although the concept was a huge success and served its purpose, Jaguar still needed to prove that this potential prevailed in more than just a design study. Now, under Tata’s influential arm, Jaguar is looking into building "a more accessible variation of the C-X75 concept." Turns out the translation of this statement is a sports car with the C-X75 look and a more conventional engine. There are no details for this model just yet, nor is there any official confirmation of its production, but we’re adding it to our list of models likely to be built within the next few years.
Tata’s influence over Jaguar is further illustrated in their future lineup, which includes a lightweight XKR R-type Spyder, a high-performance diesel, and, yes, a crossover that will take on models like the Audi Q5. The British luxury automaker is also working on a coupe version of the current XJ luxury sedan featuring a shortened wheelbase and described as "much more dynamic and emotional than a Mercedes CL."
Jaguar unveiled the special edition XKR 75 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed to mark the company’s 75th anniversary. This celebratory model is equipped with a 5.0-liter supercharged engine that delivers 530 HP and 655 Nm of torque, but the German tuner, Arden, is giving Jaguar XKR 75 owners a little more to celebrate about with modification for the model.
Thanks to the alignment and matching of the engine management, a high-performance sport exhaust system with sport catalysts, and a matching silencer for a full bodied V8 sound, the engine now delivers 580 HP and 720 NM of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is now made in 4.3 (4.4 seconds for standard version) seconds, while top speed goes up to 189 mph (up from a standard 174 mph).
The tuning package also includes a lowered suspension as a result of using firmer springs, a set of 21" multi-part Arden Sportline wheels, handmade stainless steel grilles, daytime running lights, and an Arden Jaguar hood ornament.
At this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours, Jaguar will be unveiling the special edition XKR175. This special edition will be limited to 175 units (15 of them allocated for the Canadian market), each carrying a price tag of $104,500.
The new XKR175 will be powered by a supercharged V8 engine that will deliver 510hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. Top speed will be increased to 174 mph. This special edition will be distinguished by a revised aerodynamic package that includes a new front air dam, new side sills, a new rear diffuser, and a larger rear spoiler. The classy look of Jaguar will be maintained with new 20-inch Kasuga 10-spoke alloy wheels, red brake calipers, and an Ultimate Black exterior paint.
The interior of the Jaguar XKR175 will get door sill tread plates reading "XKR175 – 1 of 175" while the leather is finished in Warm Charcoal with Cranberry stitching. The look will be completed with Piano Black wood veneer.
Updated 08/26/2010: Jaguar has released two new videos of their special edition XKR175 unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours. Check them out!