Jaguar XKR-S GT


With the F-Type looming, Jaguar was going to have to do something to revive interest in the XK - and that something is right up our street. Namely, the XKR-S GT - a harder, faster XKR-S with track focused suspension settings, a load of carbon aero bits, bonnet vents and a really, really big wing.

Want your XKR-S with real claws? GT provides...
Want your XKR-S with real claws? GT provides...
Call us easily-pleased, but it presses the right buttons here. Jaguar's hoping it'll nail a sub-7:40 'ring lap once the weather clears up and they get a clear run. That's substantially quicker than a standard XKR-S, which has done a 7:51. A little way off the sub-7:30s of the new 991 GT3 and GT-Rs of this world, mind - but a respectable effort for a grown-up GT car.

Changes over the regular XKR-S include revised suspension with much fiercer spring rates - +68 per cent front and +25 per cent rear - and an extra 52mm in the front track. Eibach supplies the hardware, complete with compensator springs, and the GT features Jaguar's first carbon ceramic discs, developed with Brembo. The F-Type returns the favour of the XK's donated hardware too, giving its faster steering rack and revised front suspension knuckles back to the older car. Engine and transmission are as per the standard XKR-S, the 550hp supercharged V8 and six-speed auto deemed 'adequate' and, we're told, the in-gear punch sufficient to make the expense of adding the F-Type's eight-speeder unneccessary. Wider 305-section Pirelli Corsa tyres (plus 10mm) help get the power down better though, trimming the 0-60mph from 4.2 seconds to 3.9.

Not subtle but it does do 'proper aero' too
Not subtle but it does do 'proper aero' too
The carbon aero package obviously adds a bit of visual bling, but it's a properly functioning kit that develops 145kg of downforce at the car's limited 186mph VMax. The wider front wings are also carbon, necessary to accommodate that extra track.

Overall weight savings are minimal, with the carbon ceramic discs saving about 25kg in unsprung weight. The cars being built for the US market will ship with the standard every-which-way electric seats but UK cars - if there's enough demand for such a thing to be built - could be supplied with fixed racing seats, which would bring the overall weight saving to 75kg.

Ah yes, that UK supply. Currently Jaguar has committed to 30 cars, 25 for the US and five for Canada. Will they make any for the UK? Yes, if there's demand. So shout up if you're interested. You'll need around £130,000, which is asking quite a lot. But it looks like a whole load of fun and we'd wholeheartedly support anyone taking the plunge!

Update:
An earlier version of this story quoted the new price of the XKR-S GT as being around £175,000. That's thanks to some early misinformation; the car will in fact cost $175,000, which will equate to around £130,000 if it's sold in the UK.





   


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  • Blown2CV 02 Apr 2013

    NRS said:
    Blown2CV said:
    maybe i dont speak for you two, but i do hope i still speak for the majority of petrolheads. I have noticed that 'headline' story threads attract a different kind of commenter however!
    Maybe for those on PH, but think of all the people who soup up their cars, drifters, drag racers etc. There's a huge range of car enthusiasts and just because we're not interested in the same thing it doesn't mean they're less of a petrolhead. I'm not into the modifying scene at all, yet they are into their cars, even if I don't appreciate it.
    and that argument rages on and on in the depths of PH. There are plenty on either side of the argument, and I am hoping there is still a majority on the side against.

  • NRS 01 Apr 2013

    Blown2CV said:
    maybe i dont speak for you two, but i do hope i still speak for the majority of petrolheads. I have noticed that 'headline' story threads attract a different kind of commenter however!
    Maybe for those on PH, but think of all the people who soup up their cars, drifters, drag racers etc. There's a huge range of car enthusiasts and just because we're not interested in the same thing it doesn't mean they're less of a petrolhead. I'm not into the modifying scene at all, yet they are into their cars, even if I don't appreciate it.

  • Blown2CV 01 Apr 2013

    JohnyPiston said:
    Cable said:
    Blown2CV said:
    dear car manufacturers,

    Stop spending all your effort and development budget making stupid fking toy cars with stupid fking spoilers and stupid fking colour schemes for stupid little fking rich boys from the middle east. Focus purely on making beautiful, desirable, classy, amazing and wonderful cars and if you really want to rape and pillage the saudis for their cash, buy a stupid little fking tuning house over there and get them to do it all, thus not utterly ruining your brand, and flooding PH with utter, utter, utter ste like this abomination.

    Love,
    Hopefully most petrolheads
    Nope, you don't speak for me. I like my cars to be aggresive like this and the C63 Black.

    I like... including the spoiler (but not the wheels), though like others on here they should have made more of an effort on the weight saving.

    Edited by Cable on Wednesday 27th March 08:03
    Yup ...not talking for me either. I also love these kind of cars ...WITH the spoiler. I would, however, prefer black wheels and a stripped out interior. Can never understand how a comfy interior like that can make you focused and determined on the track.
    maybe i dont speak for you two, but i do hope i still speak for the majority of petrolheads. I have noticed that 'headline' story threads attract a different kind of commenter however!

  • Shay HTFC 29 Mar 2013

    NRS said:
    The point is it already exists... so there is no need for them to build the same thing! So it doesn't matter if you and most others prefer it - there will be some others who prefer this and are willing to fork out on it. It's not the main version of the car, so it doesn't need to have a wide ranging appeal. However it will get more attention for the brand. Again some people seem to forget car companies are a business... Saying they should avoid the new money... well, there is very little old money left that will be buying cars in the near future, so they have to go for the new "Halfords" money!
    Exactly - car companies have to chase the money, its what they do to stay alive.

    Maybe if more prim and proper old money types were still buying Jags then Jaguar wouldn't need to appeal to the Nouveaux Riche lot.


    I think this looks amazing!

  • JohnG1 29 Mar 2013

    OpulentBob said:
    That, filthy dirty with wheels covered in brake dust

    cloud9
    Unlikely. Carbon ceramic brakes generate very little dust :-)

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