Jaguar XKR

Jaguar XKR

Jaguar XKR-S Convertible

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 theMitsubishi 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.

Check out the list after the jump

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 .

The model is entering the 2011 model year with the addition of two special editions: the XKR175 Limited Edition , the "XKR Speed Pack," and "XKR Speed and Black Pack" .

Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Jaguar XKR.

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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.

Thanks for the pics, Hardie!

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 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.

Press release after the jump.

Accomplishing seventy-five years in the automotive industry is something to be proud of and Jaguar is making no bones about celebrating their diamond anniversary with a slew of special editions fit to awe anyone who lays their eyes on them. We have already seen the 2010 Jaguar XF V8 75th Anniversary , the 2010 Jaguar XK Coupe 75th Anniversary Edition , and the 2010 Jaguar XKR 75 Special Edition . Now, Jaguar is bringing yet another celebratory special edition model, and this one is based off the Jaguar XKR 75.

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!

Press release after the jump.

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What is a high-end sports car? Are they Italian performance machines like the Ferrari 458 and the Lamborghini Gallardo , or are they more sensible vehicles like the BMW M5 and theMercedes-Benz SL63 AMG ? We think they’re the latter.

For this top ten, we are going to set the price cap at $120,000, if you can call that a cap. That should eliminate most of the extreme vehicles, but keep the basic Porsches and so on within the limits.

What kinds of things are we looking for with high-end sports cars? Obviously, they need to be fast with agile handling and excellent driving dynamics. The car needs to look stunning with a functional yet stylish interior. It would also be great if it could stand the test of time, so reliability is also a factor.

Let’s review the previous winners of our sports car test. The Volkswagen GTI took the top spot in the entry-level test due to its excellent performance, build quality, and versatility. There were numerous winners of the mid-level test , as we had multiple categories. We chose the Audi S4, the BMW M3, and the Ford Mustang GT500 as the top cars in their classes.

Hit the jump to see the list.

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When most people think of Pebble Beach they think of hitting a little while ball with a club next to the most beautiful scenery in the United States. We don’t think of those sort of things though. We think of the automotive festivities that take place on the coast.

This year, we had many cars that were shown. There were new cars like the new Ford Mustang Boss 302 , and there were old cars like the Ferrari F40 birthday collection. In total, 2010 was a spectacular year at the beach for petrol heads.

With all the new car introductions and high-end auctions, automotive lovers of any age will love the extravaganza that was the Pebble Beach Week in California.

We have compiled a list of every new car that was shown in Cali, and some of them are truly amazing. There is even a F1 looking car.

Hit the jump to read on.


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