For 2006, Jaguar’s most powerful saloon yet, the redoubtable S-TYPE R comes packed with new features. This genuine sports-car’s performance is surpassed only by the traditional Jaguar luxury, comfort and style. Producing not less than 400 bhp from a new 4.2 liter supercharged V8 engine the S-TYPE R can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds and only stop accelerating when reaching the electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

  • 2006 Jaguar S-Type R
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8 DOHC 32 valves
  • Transmission:
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    400 @ 6100
  • MPG(Cty):
  • MPG(Hwy):
  • Torque @ RPM:
    413 @ 3500
  • Energy:
    Petrol Indirect Injection
  • Displacement:
    4196 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.3 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Layout:
    Front Longitudinal
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  • body style:

The middle-class Jaguar sports-saloon, the S-TYPE R continues to carry the fight for performance with styling changes, and the adding of several new features and some extra packaging.

With the introduction of the S-TYPE in 1999, Jaguar became available for a wider audience and a new epoch of contemporary design and hi-tech begun. As Jaguar’s first middle-class luxury sports saloon it made the British manufacturer more reachable and attractive for a younger generation of purchasers. While making the core of the middle-size section, the S-TYPE competes against reputed vehicles like the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and Lexus GS, but offering a touch of the British style for image-conscious buyers.

For 2006 the S-TYPE R was extensively reworked and received a refreshed fascia, which retained the unique and powerful Jaguar personality that combines the individual styling, performance dynamics, marvellous comfort and refinement with unsurpassed emotional character.

In order to keep up with the Jaguar 2006 line-up, the S-TYPE R features now an elegant chrome mesh grille inserts. Other, changes include the navigation and Bluetooth wireless connectivity for mobile phone and front park control for the supercharged.

Subtle exterior styling elements signal the sporty nature of the S-TYPE R. They include the profiled rear spoiler for high-speed stability, special (18 x 8 inch) ’Zeus’ alloy wheels (18 x 9.5 inch on the rear), dark tinted light units (including the xenon headlights) and a bright-finish mesh front grille with body-coloured surround as the trademark of a supercharged Jaguar.

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To reflect its performance nature, the S-TYPE R wears the distinctive red ‘R’ logo that was featured on the nose cone of the Jaguar Formula One racing cars. First shown on the R Coupe Concept showcased in 2001 at Frankfurt, the ‘R’ badge will be present on all future Jaguar R Performance vehicles.

The car’s deluxe, sporty-styled interior is equipped with leather-trimmed R Performance steering wheel and 16-way adjustable bucket-seats, with memory on the driver’s seat. The new design S-TYPE front and door casings are now trimmed in exclusive, grey bird’s-eye maple veneers.
The new S-TYPE R is produced as the rest of the range at Jaguar’s assembly plant in Castle Bromwich, where state-of-the-art capabilities and leading-edge logistics blend to ensure the topmost levels of quality and efficiency.

Body & Chassis

For the 2007 model year, the smooth lines of the premium mid-class Jaguar S-TYPE were updated to become more updated and athletic, giving the luxury saloon more evident muscle definition. The new chrome mesh grille inserts continues building on the S-TYPE R’s athletic appearance.

"Too much detailing becomes too confusing, with no focal point. This car has a focal point and it’s clear what it is - the front grille and twin headlamps. But to make it work, everything around that focus has to be as simple as possible, and the extensive changes for 2005 are designed to achieve precisely that." Stated Ian Callum, Jaguar Cars Director of Design.

Last year’s changes included a new aluminum hood (previously steel), which not only improved weight distribution and handling balance, but also introduced a more defined ‘V’ shape facade, drawing the eye forward to the enhanced grille and giving the whole front of the car a crisper, more powerful look and stance. In addition, the way the S-TYPE’s curvaceous hood meets the complex curves of the headlamp apertures changed too, giving much tighter panel fits and emphasizing Jaguar’s fine build quality.

At the base of the doors, the prominent sills of the original were reshaped to blend seamlessly into the body side contours. This made the new S-TYPE visually longer and leaner between the wheels, while balancing the stronger proportions of the nose.

At the rear, distinctive round jewel-like tail lamps blended smoothly into the new curves of the tail and were balanced with a new trunk ‘plinth’. Even the shape of the license plate recess changed subtly by toning down the oval theme, reducing the number of conflicting lines and, again, adding new muscle tone.

The new sleek lines improved aerodynamics and enhanced performance, as well as helped reduce rear lift particularly due to the revised upper surface of the trunk. The new lines improve aerodynamics and enhance performance, helped particularly by the revised upper surface of the trunk, which reduces rear lift. And, the new S-TYPE R has a signature rear feature, a spoiler along the trunk lip that adds aerodynamic stability at maximum speeds and gives it a sportier feel.

The latest S-TYPE bodyshell, initially introduced in 2003, is 10 percent stiffer than that of the original car, creating a perfect platform for the drastically revised suspension, with aluminum control arms, which was also introduced in 2003.

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Vehicle Dimensions

Length 193.1 in
Width 71.6 in
Height 57.0 in
Ground Clearance 4.1 in
Track (Front) 60.4 in
Track (Rear) 60.7 in
Wheelbase 114.5 in
Curb Weight 4075 lbs
Doors 4

Driving impressions

The ride this car is able to offer is incredible in terms of comfort and refinement. Most of the time you need to look at the speedometer to become aware of the ridiculously high speed you reached. The ride is firm in comparison with the regular S-Types, but not harsh, and offers a surprising suppleness on a rough pavement. If driven as a regular car the S-Type R will almost never make it’s engine or notice the upshifts of the new smooth automatic gear-box. Indeed, the only engine note is a strident supercharger whine, which becomes a bit annoying after the novelty wears off.

One of the S-Type R’s best features is the steering that offers a lot more weight and feel than regular Jags do, which allows the driver to take full benefit of the well balanced chassis. The grip coming from such large tires is pretty good, although it can’t compete when it comes to body control or connectedness to a BMW M5. But, instead of that it offers a more refined long cruise ride than the BMW does. The braking system in quite impressive, and offers a lot of stopping power with rewarding feedback.

The controls require little or no effort and the chassis’s response to the road is very predictable. A quiet scrubbing sound can rarely be heard from the tires as they relinquish their grip, at which point the ESP interferes just enough to prevent a disaster.

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Engine & transmission

The 2006 Jaguar S-TYPE leaps way ahead of the pack when it comes to a refined, but sporting character in a luxury package the spectacular supercharged version of the technically advanced V8 engine in the 400bhp (SAE) S-TYPE R, and paired with a ZF six-speed automatic, the S-TYPE delivers on its performance promise.

The heart of these significant performance improvements is the S-TYPE R’s lightweight eight-cylinder engine with an Eaton supercharger. The water-cooled cylinders are arranged in a 90-degree V configuration and the crankshaft is supported by five main bearings. Each of the two cylinder head assemblies incorporates twin camshafts operating four valves per cylinder. One of the reasons for the engine’s impressive output is the continuously variable valve timing which helps to deliver a wide spread of torque. The engine uses an Electronic Return-less Fuel System (ERFS) and a three-way catalyst exhaust system.

The increase in power and torque over the outgoing S-TYPE R model is down to two significant additions to the engine. The air intake supply to the engine has been significantly enhanced thanks to the use of twin air inlets, and a Variable Inlet Camshaft Timing system is used for the first time on the S-TYPE R. By continuously adjusting the timing of the inlet camshaft on both banks of the V8, depending on the engine speed and load, Jaguar’s engineers have ensured large improvements in torque, particularly at lower revs.

The system is controlled by the Engine Management System (EMS) which receives engine speed, throttle position and oil temperature data from its sensors. The EMS determines the correct inlet camshaft timing by continuously referring to a digital three-dimensional map developed to provide optimum performance. The EMS then transmits the appropriate signals to two solenoids that control the degree of hydraulic force provided to the valve actuators.

The normally aspirated 4.2-liter S-TYPE has been praised for its acoustic qualities, remaining unobtrusive and relaxed at modest speeds but producing an unmistakeable V8 soundtrack when worked hard. On the S-TYPE R, the noise from the supercharger threatened to dominate the acoustic character and mask the underlying sound quality. However, through enhancements to the vehicle acoustic pack, the supercharger noise has been reduced by 5dB compared to the previous S-TYPE R.

Back in 2002, the S-TYPE R adopted a six-speed automatic transmission, a perfect match for the V8’s power and torque. Now, this transmission comes standard with all of the S-TYPE engines. Built by ZF, the light, compact unit is a traditional automatic with six ratios and an adaptive Mechatronic shift, which responds to both road conditions and handling of the car.

Paired with Jaguar’s trademark J-gate gear selector, recently upgraded with electronic ‘shift-by-wire’ control for improved feel and lever action, the winning combination boasts smooth gearshifts and optimum performance.

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Engine V8
Position Front Longitudinal
Aspiration Eaton Supercharged
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
Displacement 4196 cc
bore 3.39 in
stroke 3.56 in
compression 9.1:1
power 400.0 bhp @ 6100 rpm
hp per litre 95.33 bhp per litre
torque 413.0 ft lbs @ 3500 rpm
drive wheels RWD
body / frame Unit Steel
front wheels 18.0 x 8.0 in
rear wheels 18.0 x 9.5 in
f suspension Double Wishbone
r suspension Double Wishbone
transmission 6-Speed Auto
top speed 155.3 mph
0 - 60 mph 5.3 seconds
epa city/hwy 15.3 / 30.5 mpg


At the front, the S-TYPE’s suspension uses unequal length wishbones to minimize track and camber changes. The two forged aluminum arms of the lower wishbone are linked by a ball joint and are connected by rubber and hydraulic bushes to the non-isolated front subframe. The forged aluminum upper A-frame incorporates two fluid-block bushes and an integral ball joint for added refinement. It connects to the body and controls the geometry for improved straight-line stability. The upper control arm axis is also inclined, providing improved anti-dive characteristics under heavy braking.

The coil springs, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bars and steering are all tuned to provide the subtly different characters of the different models from the 3.0-liter V6 to the very high performance, supercharged 4.2-liter V8 R.

Recent revisions include a new subframe with stiffer mountings and larger diameter bushes for enhanced, and more refined ride and handling. A new toe-link, introduced in the 2003 model year, improves rear wheel alignment, while a lowered roll center maintains overall balance with the completely new front suspension.

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For the ultimate in sports sedan handling, look no further than the S-TYPE R, which comes standard with enhanced Computer Active Technology Suspension (eCATS), a two-stage sport suspension. On a twisty, bumpy road, eCATS maximizes comfort, handling and driver control by switching the system’s dampers from the normal ‘soft’ setting to ‘firm’ in milliseconds, which improves vehicle stability, particularly during cornering or braking.


For 2006, all S-TYPE models switch to the new Conti-Teves braking systems that are designed to provide greater stopping power, shorter braking distances and improved brake pedal feel. The R has a Brembo brake package featuring 14.3-inch-diameter vented front discs, 12.9-inch solid rear rotors, and four-pot aluminum calipers.


Servotronic variable-ratio power-assisted steering is standard across the range, for minimum parking effort at low speeds and maximum precision and feedback at higher speeds.

Tires & Wheels

18-inch alloys fitted with high-performance, P245/40R-18 tires.

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"In designing the new interior, we listened carefully to our customers to create a more contemporary cabin feel, combining craftsmanship with leading-edge technology." Paul Walker, S-TYPE Chief Program Engineer, Jaguar Cars

For those more interested in sleek, high-tech appearances, the S-TYPE is now also available with a completely wood-free interior, a first for a production Jaguar sedan. The optional sporty aluminum dash finish compliments the Sport and R models, allowing buyers to choose a more ’technical’ finish.

Meanwhile, the revised instrument layout featuring round chronograph dials and two message centers, now offers clock, odometer, trip and warning information which can be displayed concurrently at all times.

Like the exterior, the latest Jaguar S-TYPE’s interior styling was moved forward by close attention to detail, concentrating on taking away what wasn’t necessary and adding or improving what is desirable. The result: A combination of more contemporary style and improved practicality along with enhanced material quality.

Topping the 2006 S-TYPE line-up is the flagship VDP Edition, which offers the ultimate in luxurious amenities. With extensive use of rich, craftsman-style Burl Walnut veneers (including a half-walnut, half-leather wrapped steering wheel), soft-grain leather seating surfaces, premium floor mats and heated front seats with contrast-colored piping on light interiors, it surrounds its occupants in sophistication.

For those more interested in smooth, high-tech appearances, the S-TYPE is also available with a completely wood-free interior. The sporty, more ‘technical’ aluminum dash finish comes standard on the 2006 S-TYPE 3.0 with Sport Package. Buyers of the supercharged S-TYPE R can chose between the optional aluminum dash finish or the standard gray Bird’s-Eye Maple finish.

Safety features

Another area where Jaguar continues to exceed expectations is safety. In addition to front, side-impact, and front and rear side-curtain airbags, the 2006 S-TYPE offers Jaguar’s industry-leading Adaptive Restraint Technology System (A.R.T.S.) with ultrasonic front passenger sensing coupled with dual-stage front airbags.

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Introduced as the world’s first Ultrasonic Occupant Sensing System Standard, A.R.T.S. is a major advance in passive safety that comes standard on all new S-TYPE derivatives. A.R.T.S. combines ultrasonic occupant sensing with a series of other sensors that collects data on passenger weight, position of the driver in relation to the steering wheel and whether or not safety belts are being worn. Then, communicating through a central processor, A.R.T.S. can tailor airbag response to the needs of each front seat occupant and the severity of a frontal impact, controlling whether the two-stage airbags need to be inflated fully, partially, or at all.

Also working with A.R.T.S. is an effective energy-absorbing seating system which incorporates an anti-whiplash mechanism in the front seat back rests and pyrotechnic pre-tensioners for all safety belts, further minimizing risk of injury in the event of an accident. The S-TYPE also features a decoupling brake pedal mechanism and a deformable plastic fuel tank.

While occupants are protected by A.R.T.S. inside, the stiff and strong S-TYPE body maximizes protection on the outside.

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Prices and equipment

$63,995 (includes destination and delivery charges)

Standard equipment:

  • 18-inch ‘Vulcan’ style alloy wheels
  • R Performance brakes
  • Enhanced Computer Active Technology Suspension (eCATS)
  • Xenon headlamps with automatic leveling
  • Monochrome exterior
  • Bright-finish mesh front grille with color-keyed surround
  • Trunk lid spoiler
  • R Performance sport seats
  • R Performance leather steering wheel and chrome/leather shift knob
  • Performance designed front bumper and air intake grille
  • Gray-stained Bird’s-Eye Maple wood veneer
  • Stainless steel exhaust tips
  • JaguarVoice pre-wire for voice activated controls
  • DVD-based satellite navigation system
  • Bluetooth ® wireless technology for mobile phone
  • Front Park Control
  • Ski hatch

Optional equipment:

  • 19-inch ‘ Barcelona ’ alloy wheels - $1,200
  • SIRIUS satellite radio - Port installed SIRIUS satellite radio accessory kit,
  • ubscription sold separately - $450
  • Special order non-standard color and trim combinations (available across the range) - $1,000
  • Special order two-tone interior – Light Sand/Charcoal and Dove/ Charcoal - $1,000
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TopSpeed Jaguar S-Type Rartists tuning recommendation

The S-Type R is an elegant and refined sedan. While not being as good looking as the XJR, it also not as “Ford-like” as the X-Type is. The sports side of the R is a little bit to subtle, therefore we tried to emphasize it a bit, with a couple a sportier elements. First of all are the 20” alloy wheels borrowed directly from the new XKR. The same source of inspiration was used for the aluminum side air vents, which are though elongated and better suited for the sedan’s design. The lights were darkened even more for an intensive dramatic look.

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