Jaguar XKR

Jaguar XKR

Arden will come at the Oldtimer Grand Prix from 7 to9th August with a customized version of the new Jaguar XKR 5.0L. The car’s design is inspired by the Arden AJ20 Coupe and comes with 9x21’’ sportline alloy wheels, a redesigned chassis, which was developed in collaboration with Bilstein and improves the driving dynamics and agility of the wild cat.

Arden Jaguar XKR 5.0L Convertible

The performance and handling at low speeds are improved thanks to a new performance stainless steel exhaust system rounded-off with the well known AJ20 Wild Cat Heck plus diffuser.

If the 510 hp are not enough for you, Arden adds an extra 30bhp and 50Nm, and also thanks to the new V-Max suspension and a speedometer, top speed is increased to 198 mph.

The ex-English automaker, Jaguar, has prepared a very special version of their two door coupe, the XK, for this weekend’s Festival of Speed. On July 3-5, the Earl of March will open up his estate to almost 200,000 automotive enthusiasts and spectators. The Jaguar XKR Goodwood Special will be powered by a supercharged 5.0 Liter V8 pumping out 510 HP. The sleek Jag will also feature a throatier exhaust note thanks to a some free flowing pipes.

Jaguar XKR Goodwood Special Edition

It will be hard to miss the hardtop XKR painted in a shocking lime green when it has a go at this hill in the Sunday Times Super Car Run up the 1.16 mile course. The equally menacing front fascia made up of a new satin graphite grille, headlamp surrounds, flat painted mirrors and even the louvers on the forward opening hood set this ferocious feline apart from other Jaguars. The XKR Goodwood Special also receives some upgraded rolling stock in the form of a set of signature 21 inch rims.

The updated versions of Jaguar XK and XKR coupe and convertible made its official debut today at the Detroit Auto Show. This represents some small adjustments to the interior and exterior and a big adjustment in the engine bay.

Jaguar XK and XKR

Just like the XFR that’s also debuting in Detroit , This update marks the appearance of Jaguar’s enlarged 5.0-liter V8 engine. In the standard XK this means an 85 hp bump to 385 hp. The supercharged XKR gets an 83 hp bump for a total of 503 hp. and 461 lbs-ft of torque. Jag claims the new XKR should be good for 0 to 60 mph sprints in 4.6 seconds (0.3 second improvement). Jaguar still mates the engine to an electronically controlled, six-speed ZF automatic transmission, and top speed is still electronically limited to 155 mph.

Jaguar XK and XKR

Now that we know the engine, here come the rest. The biggest visual changes to the outside of the car are two new vertical slats just below the headlights and XF-inspired LED rear lights. Inside the car, the J-Gate shifter has finished its slow death, and is replaced with the rising knob from the XF . The XKR also gets two new exclusive colors called the Salsa and Kyanite Blue.

The new cat should be in U.S. showrooms by this summer.

Press release after the jump.

We had no complaints when we got Jaguar’s new V8 on the track , so it’s no surprise a full-on racecar is making its debut. Rocketsports Racing (RSR) revealed the XKR GT2 racing car that will compete in the American Le Mans Series.

RSR Jaguar XKR GT2

The 2010 XKR GT2 racecar was designed as a joint effort between the American racing team RSR and Jaguar’s Advance Design Studio, which is headed by the automaker’s chief designer Ian Callum. The experience of the veteran racer and Jaguar’s main body man has resulted in over 1,100 man hours molding clay and laying carbon fiber to create a shape that is fast and manages to maintain the feel of the factory vehicle.

This Jag will take on cars such as the Corvette C6R GT2 and Aston Martin Vantage GT2 . This means although RSR will be using the naturally aspirated version of the 5.0-liter V8, the engine will likely be modified to make more than the 385 hp it generates in cars like the 2010 XK .

The race car began its life as a brand new Jaguar XK-R, and despite being a fully built race car maintains much of the original car’s aluminum body panels; like the roof, doors and deck lid. Intensive computational fluid dynamics analysis by the automaker’s aerodynamics department has led to some interesting body work, like the trailing GT style rear wing, redesigned front bumper and extremely wide front fenders. The new 2010 XKR GT2 racecar is a vehicle that both Gentilozzi and Jaguar feel will become one of the most competitive Jaguar racing cars to compete in one of the most competitive ALMS GT2 fields in a long time.

The XKR GT2 will not be ready for the track until the summer of 2009 and will only run a partial season. So even if it is a contender this year, this is just a practice run for 2010.

2010 Racing Debut: The American Le Mans Series racing team RSR, headed up by long time Jaguar privateer racer Paul Gentilozzi has finished working on the next generation XK-R racing car in time to compete at the 1,000 mile Petit Le Mans in Braselton, Georgia. When the green flag drops at 11:15 AM on September 26, 2010, the hills surrounding Road Atlanta will roar with the sounds of fire breathing race cars, but there will also be a new voice in the crowd, the XKR GT2 car with a trio of seasoned racers behind the wheel; the American Scott Pruett, the Belgian Marc Goossen and RSR team owner Paul Gentilozzi. If anyone can handle pulling a double duty like this one, Gentilozzi can.

Update 09/24/2009: This article has been updated to include additional specs and its 2010 racing debut.

Update 05/27/2010: Check out the new video on the Jaguar RSR. It’s part of the Jaguar Return to Glory video series and illustrates Jaguar’s intentions to return to the track as a feared competitor.

More pics and full breakdown in the 2009 and 2010 press releases after the jump.

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When Jaguar first started showing off its 2010 XKR and XFR earlier this year, we were pretty excited. After all, both cars would now get 90 extra horsepower stuffed into bodies we already liked for their the handsome British looks.

First Drive: 2010 Jaguar XKR and XFR

We weren’t the only ones. Most of the press seemed to latch on to the new 5.0-liter V8 engine and didn’t pick up on the other improvements that make these two R-cars all-around performers. Jaguar has picked up on this and is going across the country to give the XKR and XFR a proper introduction.

It’s a seven-city journey called the Jaguar Legendary Performance Tour. This invite-only occasion allows Jag owners as well as owners of competitor cars to come out to local raceways across the country and put the R-cars through the ringer. Didn’t get your invite in the mail? Don’t worry Jaguar let us smoke the tires on the 510 hp XKR and XFR at Palm Beach International Raceway before the guests had a chance to flog them.

We just saw the updates to Jaguar’s XF and XK lines last month in Detroit, and now they are about ready to hit the streets. Jaguar had just announced 2010 pricing for the U.S. on both lines.

The XF will now start at $52,000 (up about $2,025 from 2009) and top out with the fastest Jaguar ever, the 510 hp XFR at $80,000. For the XK line, the coupe will start at $83,000 and convertible goes for $89,000. Change the engine to the 510 hp supercharged XKR and pricing goes up to $96,000 for the coupe and $102,000 for the convertible.

Press release after the jump.

Is Jaguar trying to bribe us? Why else would they drop off the keys to their fastest droptop for some end-of-summer fun? Are they trying to sway us with supercharged V8 muscle? They must think our opinion is for sale (it is.)

But Jaguar never needed to pay us off. We’ve always liked Jaguar for the stylish alternatives they offer. Oh wait, I get it…This XKR convertible is not a bribe; it’s a reward…

Jaguar use Detroit to show off its big, new engines. The 2009 Detroit Auto Show will premiere Jaguar’s two high-performance flagships: the XFR and a revamped XKR. Both models will be powered by a supercharged V8 engine that will deliver 510-hp and 500-lb-ft of torque. This is 90 hp bump from the previous supercharged engine largely due to an increase in displacement from 4.2 liters to 5.0.

Both models will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in the mid-four-second range. The new Jaguar models can easily compete with the AMG competitors from Mercedes, mainly because both models weigh considerably less. Sales of the blown XK and XF should begin in March 2009.

Jaguar is also developing projects further down the road. The company is currently working on the new XJ sedan (set to be launched in 2011), codenamed X351. The new XJ will take its cues from the XF sedan but will be lower, wider, and sleeker. It will also get new direct-injection drivetrain and may also get a diesel version for the U.S. market.

Source: Motor Trend
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There is a certain expectation from the American market when it comes to special edition cars: WE WANT SPEED – especially when there is an “S” added to the name. Which is why Jaguar may be doing the smart thing by not bringing theXKR-S over here. It may be the sharpest XK around the corners, but the XKR-S shares its 175 mph top speed with its lesser siblings. It’s not to say that true auto enthusiasts in North America don’t appreciate the car; it’s just the people with the money to pay extra for the XKR-S won’t understand why it’s special.

Jaguar XKR-S, no U.S.

Upgrades include stiffer springs and dampers front and rear, 8 percent quickened steering rack, thicker rear anti-roll bar, lighter 20-inch forged alloy wheels and wider rear tires. "We developed an XK with the chassis we fancied as our everyday driver," says Mike Cross, Jaguar’s handling guru. "A bit more focused than our typical customer would usually want but still comfortable and safe in all road conditions, including the wet." Very British indeed.

But its likely Jaguar will not be holding the best XK at home very long. The XKR-S is rumored to be a preview of the chassis that will be a part of XKR’s facelift next year. This should come to the U.S. and include a new 5.0-liter V-8 making 500 horsepower (80 more than the current car.)

Source: Autoweek

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