Jaguar will launch its most potent series production car ever, the all-new XKR-S, at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1.
This all-new model will significantly broaden the appeal of the XK range, offering enthusiastic drivers a compelling, fresh choice in the luxury GT class.
With an uprated supercharged V8 engine, overhauled suspension and a new aerodynamically-driven design, the XKR-S is the ultimate expression of Jaguar's long held duality of purpose: GT luxury with incredible performance.
"The XKR-S is a bold and exciting new model for Jaguar," said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar's new Global Brand Director. "We expect to attract both loyal and new Jaguar driving enthusiasts who still want the comfort, opulence and class only a Jaguar can offer, combined with inspirational performance."
The XKR-S produces 550PS and 680Nm of torque, enough power to offer a top speed of 186mph (300km/h). Its performance credentials speak for themselves: 0-60mph takes 4.2 seconds, with 0-100mph dismissed in just 8.6 seconds.
The XKR-S is not merely the quickest Jaguar ever, but also the most agile, responsive and driver-focused. It exploits the XK's strong, lightweight aluminium body architecture to maximise both handling and economy. Alongside its incredible performance, the XKR-S is the only car in its class that emits less than 300g/km CO2.
Bespoke suspension changes to the front and rear offer ultimate precision, control and driver appeal, while a reprogrammed Adaptive Dynamics system allows the enthusiastic driver to explore the edges of the handling envelope.
Company press release, last updated on February 23, 2011
The DB9 body is just as 'old' as this shape. Nobody seems to mention that, only regurgitating what someone writes in Top Gear. In 2013 a new XK will hit the streets anyway. If you have ever gotten any seat time in even a normally aspirated XK it's exhilerating. Better than my brother in law's new M3.
I certainly see no resemblance to a Taurus, the mind falters at how such a comparison can be made.
Whilst weight has been an issue for XK's in the past, the XKR is a long way from the previous generation 400bhp porker. Even still, I'd estimate the weight to be around 1650-1700kg, which certainly isn't Porsche or Corvette territory, but still nothing like M6 or SL proportions.
The new XK weighs less than the old one and now churns out 35% more grunt. Not a bad thing eh?
Agile and responsive? Funny how the press release doesn't mention weight, and how that remains unpublished.