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Jaguar XKR

Jaguar XKR


It’s come to this for the Jaguar XK . Already scheduled to be discontinued following the 2015 model year, the XK is making one last stand at a major auto show with the debut of the XK Final Fifty Edition at the New York Auto Show . As you can see from its name, this special edition XK is limited to just 50 units, each coming with a variety of upgrades added in to celebrate the departure of Jag’s entry-level model.

Truth be told, the changes are necessarily revolutionary, but they do give this model a little extra something to entice buyers. Included are a smattering of aero components on the exterior, some simple upgrades to the interior and some extra packages that are typically optional on the XKR-S to help boost performance, giving the XK a fitting send off.

What’s more, with the Final Fifty Edition being based on the XKR model, buyers get a 5.0-liter V-8 that nets 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of twist. So even if the whole cosmetic and cornering enhancements are underwhelming, the last 50 XKs can still take comfort knowing that its last incarnation has a monster breathing under that XKR-S GT hood.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Jaguar XK Final Fifty Edition.

EVO’s Jethro Bovingdon took the Jaguar XKR-S Convertible and the Mercedes SL63 AMG out for a track battle and made some pretty interesting observations regarding both sports cars. On one hand, Bovingdon took the SL63 AMG to task for having a heavy steering, making it really difficult to handle out on corners. While he did admit to the car possessing some mad horsepower under its hood — 537 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, to be exact — Bovingdon didn’t seem too comfortable behind the wheel of the Mercedes, often lamenting how tricky the car was to handle out on the track. But still, it was able to complete a lap of 1:23.9 so it’s still pretty fast given all the circumstances Bovingdon appeared to deal with.

On the other hand, the XKR-S really got the EVO host’s attention, because in his eyes, the Jaguar was an even trickier car to handle compared to the SL63 AMG. Power was also not a problem seeing as the XKR-S is capable of lighting up the rev meters to the tune of 543 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, but as far as Bovingdon was concerned, getting it and around the track without breaking any sweat was a task that proved to be far easier said than done. And the 1:25.7 lap time proved as much.

Maybe Jaguar was on to something when it decided to kill off the entire XK line, huh?


Jaguar’s rise to prominence has been well documented here at TopSpeed. The company’s recent lineup of models have certainly caught the world’s attention, so much so that when the company talks about releasing special edition models, nobody scoffs at it anymore.

That’s the power attributed to the brand’s resurgence, especially in its home in the UK . It’s come to the point even that the brand has no problem releasing not just one, but two new special edition models for its entry-level beauty, the XK .

This particular one is called the XK Dynamic R, and it comes with a slew of upgrades befitting its "dynamic" label. Whether it’s the new 20-inch Vortex Vortex wheels or the interior that’s been dressed to the nines, thanks to a choice of either diamond-sewn performance seats in ivory/charcoal soft grain leather with ivory contrast stitching or charcoal/red soft-grain leather with red contrasting stitching, the XK Dynamic R exudes the same kind of confidence that the brand has had since it served warning to the rest of the industry that the Big Cat is ready to pounce once again.

Rounding out the upgrades on the Dynamic R’s interior is the Jet Suedecloth headliner that’s fully complemented by Piano Black veneers, while bright metal sport pedals have also been installed.

And we haven’t even taken into account the car’s 5.0-liter supercharged engine that’s mated to a six-speed ZF automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddles that control the Jaguar Sequential Shift function. All that and the XK Dynamic R pumps out 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to hit 60 mph in around 4.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 174 mph, attributed largely by the inclusion of Jaguar’s Speed Pack on the model.

Finally, a new suspension setup, which it it borrows from the XKR-S, was also installed courtesy of the Black Dynamic Pack, while a choice of colors, including Polaris Polaris White, Ultimate Black, Stratus Grey, Italian Racing Red, Dark Sapphire and British Racing Green, are available for the model.

Click past the jump to read about the tech specs of the Jaguar XK Dynamic R

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What do the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series , Jaguar XKR-S GT and Aston Martin V12 Vantage S have in common? Pretty much nothing at a first look: one comes from Germany, two from the UK; one gets a supercharged V-8, one a V12 and one a naturally aspirated V-8 engine.

Still, the guys over the British magazine AutoCar wanted to see how the three cars will behave one next to the other and prepared a very cool test drive. From the beginning Autocar’s judge Steve Sutcliffe admits that the C63 AMG Black Series is his favorite super coupe is the C63 AMG Black Series and wants to see if the other two are powerful or delicate enough to unseat it and make him change his mind.

Check out the video to see if Sutcliffe changes his mind, or if the Mercedes sports coupe remains his favorite car!

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They are both British, they are both sporty, they both deliver great performance figures! So, what’s the difference between a 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT ? In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, Carlos Lago from Motor Trend tries to find out the answer to this question.

But first, let’s take a look at the similarities between these two models. The two model share similar base prices. and their power ratings are similar. Additionally, both models offer carbon-ceramic brakes, adjustable dampers and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. What’s even more odd is that the two are built just 37 miles away one from the other.

But there must me something to differentiate them and it must be more than the logo on the grille, right? Check out the video to see if Lago managed to find the difference between the two sports cars .

Until he does, we have to let you know that we prefer the Jaguar XKR-S GT, and that’s not only because of its recent jab at Mercedes.

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We are pretty sure you already know this, but Chris Harris is by far one of the luckiest guys on Earth, and his latest video shows exactly why. The 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT is limited to only 30 units, with the possibility of a production increase to 50 units, if the demand is high enough. So you can imagine that having the chance to see one is pretty rare, and driving one... Ha, forget about it!

However, in the latest episode of Drive Jag invited Harris to test the $174,000 XKR-S GT. Despite the rainy weather, Harris had a lot of fun driving this special Jaguar around the Nurburgring, as he usual does. You shouldn’t be surprised to hear that Harris was quite impressed by this sports car , even though he found the six-speed automatic gearbox a little outdated.

For those that want to see more of Chris Harris, you can see him whipping the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Alfa Romeo 4C.

Jaguar XKR-S GT

Initially earmarked for just North America, the track-focused, street-legal Jaguar XKR-S GT will now also be offered in the UK, albeit in limited quantities.

The irony of a British sports car only being offered in the U.S. and Canada notwithstanding, this latest development should be music to the ears of people in the UK, a lot of whom probably scratched their heads after Jaguar made the initial announcement the new sports car was only available across the pond.

But according to a release from Jaguar , the automaker had a change of heart, or at the very least, a change in priorities after strong demand from its homeland spurred the company to build and send 10 models of the XKR-S GT to the UK.

Strong demand has been the primary reason for Jaguar’s decision to not only send some models to the UK, but increase its total volume from the initial offering of 30 units - 25 in the US and five in Canada - to up to 50 units.

Each of these models will run £135,000 ($205,362) on the road, which, given the exclusivity of the sports car, appears to be money well-spent for anybody lucky enough to score one of the 10 models staying in the UK.

Click past the jump to read about the Jaguar XKR-S GT

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Jaguar will be celebrating R performance brand’s 25th anniversary with the unveiling of the special-edition XKR-S GT at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The model has been designed as a track-focused, street-legal version of the XKR-S and will be limited to only 30 units: 25 for the U.S. and five for Canada.

The new GT special edition will feature a bespoke aerodynamic package made in carbon-fiber and including: a new front splitter, extended wheel arch spats, a rear diffuser and a large fixed rear wing. It will also feature Polaris Polaris White exterior paint with unique graphics and a Jaguar “R-S GT” logo on the hood. For the interior, the new XKR-S GT will combine Warm Charcoal paint with red accents.

The XKR-S GT will also add improved suspension and high-performance brakes with carbon-ceramic discs.

Updated 04/08/2013: When Jaguar unveiled the XKR-S GT at the New York Auto Show, it announced the model will be limited to only 30 units. However, Jaguar boss, Adrian Hallmark, announced that the production could be increased to 50 units. Of course, this increase will only happen if the market bears demand for it. Stay tuned for more information. (AutoCar)

Hit the jump to read more on the new Jaguar XKR-S GT.

The Jaguar XKR-S Convertible is one of the coolest Jaguar models unveiled in the past few years by the British manufacturer and, if you ask us, it is perfect from factory. Apparently not all the tuner share our thoughts on it, as the German tuner Arden has announced an aerodynamic kit for the sports convertible .

The kit includes a series of aerodynamic parts made in carbon fiber: new front spoiler, side skirts and side vents. Arden is also offering a hand-crafted, highly polished stainless-steel mesh that helps optimize the engine and brake cooling. For the rear, the tuner installed sport silencers made entirely out of stainless steel that offer the engine a more powerful sound.

The last piece of the package includes the addition of a set of light alloy wheels, sized 21 inches and offered in multi-piece design. These new wheels are wrapped in high-performance rubber and guarantee optimum driving characteristics and a smooth ride.

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Every car owner would crave for individuality, from the cheap Tata Nano to the bank-account-wiping Bugatti Veyron . That’s why there are one-off special editions fetching top dollar just for its exclusivity. So much for individuality...

The owner of this Jaguar XKR-S didn’t feel satisfied just having one of the baddest production Jags ever. So the boys at Superior Automotive Design decided to redefine the word "exclusive" and, judging from the picture above, they have done a great job at it.

This metallic cat is wrapped in chrome, which according to S.A.D owner, Kris Lim, was a tough challenge, as heat doesn’t work on the material and neither does stretching the material, unlike other custom wraps. Nevertheless, since the decision to wrap the car in chrome was made already, they went about installing the wrap and finished the build in a fortnight. With careful attention to detail, the wrap is seamless in this example, and adds a bling factor to the reclusive kitty. In fact, Justin Bieber and his Fisker Karma are in awe of its blinginess.

A full chrome wrap is a little bit too cheesy, so, S.A.D decided to balance that out by adding black accents to certain elements of the car. With this addition, the XKR-S is a perfect combination of bling and wickedness, an aspect expected if your team is into car customization.

With already 550 horses powering this Jag, S.A.D decided to leave the powertrain alone since Jaguar themselves have done a great job at it. So, no harm done here...

Overall, we think this build looks absolutely fantastic, though we aren’t huge fans of chrome wrap. We think it’s the black accents that make it stand out among the rest of the chrome-wrapped cars. Nice touch, S.A.D.


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