Jaguar commemorates 25 years of its R brand with limited-edition XKR-S GT
Mark Tisshaw
26 March 2013

Jaguar is commemorating 25 years of its R performance brand with the most focused road-going version of its XK ever.

The XKR-S GT, which joins the new XJR at the New York motor show this week, is a track-ready version of the XKR-S that remains road legal.

Power comes from a 542bhp supercharged 5.0-litre V8 that sends power to the rear wheels through a six-speed auto’ gearbox. The GT is good for a 0-60mph time of 3.9sec, some 0.3sec quicker than the standard XKR. Although Jaguar says the car is theoretically capable of 200mph, it is limited to 186mph.

The GT features a bespoke aerodynamic package that includes a carbonfibre front splitter, dive planes, extended wheel arch spats, a rear diffuser and a large fixed rear wing. Maximum downforce of 145kg is said to be achieved.

Carbon ceramic brake discs are fitted, a first for Jaguar. New front and rear suspension systems also feature, including a wider front track, increased camber, revised bushings and a new steering system with a faster ratio. Bespoke, height-adjustable dampers are another addition that feature a race-derived twin spring system.

Completing the transformation are special lightweight 20in alloys shod in 255/35 Pirelli Corsa rubber at the front and 305/30 tyres at the rear.

"These major modifications take Jaguar in to a new dimension. It will lap the nurburgring in under 7m 40sec yet can be driven in the road if you choose," said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar's global brand director.

"It is something special, but something that will inform other Jaguar products. By pushing boundaries we will always learn lessons that can be applied elsewhere."

Just 30 examples of the £130,000 model will be made – 25 for the US and five for Canada. However, Jaguar says it will consider right-hand drive models for the UK and other markets if demand is sufficient. 

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26 March 2013

Limited edition, me think more like end of model...edition?

Peter Cavellini.

26 March 2013

I suspect Jaguar already have buyers lined up, as it seems a lot of expensive modifications for such limited numbers..

26 March 2013

So when is it that they release one with a JATO rocket strapped to the roof?

26 March 2013

25 years of the R performance brand? I thought the first Jaguar that had the R treatment was the XK8 in the late 1990s. Unless Jaguar is counting the JaguarSport cars which were done in conjunction with TWR.

26 March 2013

Lanehogger wrote:

25 years of the R performance brand? I thought the first Jaguar that had the R treatment was the XK8 in the late 1990s. Unless Jaguar is counting the JaguarSport cars which were done in conjunction with TWR.

The X300 XJR was a few years before the XKR (94-5 I think?) but I think they must be referring to the XJR-S - the JaguarSport TWR limited editions of the XJ-S that you referred to as the late 80's date fits the 25 yrs.

26 March 2013

on a Jag! never thought I'd see that. Nice one Biggrin  might of been bit more original with the colours though..............

26 March 2013

I've yet to see an Jaguar XKR on the road yet, let alone a full bells and whistles version.

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26 March 2013

Hang around Canary Wharf - it's big and red you cona't miss it....... Lovely car.

26 March 2013

To begin with the standard XKR looks a lot better, stylish yet aggressive with cleaner lines. Secondly, if you wanted to spent 130 000 on a track focused machine why not buy a GT3. And finally, the the alphabet wants its letters back ! 

27 March 2013

AlexanderHM wrote:

To begin with the standard XKR looks a lot better, stylish yet aggressive with cleaner lines. Secondly, if you wanted to spent 130 000 on a track focused machine why not buy a GT3. And finally, the the alphabet wants its letters back ! 

But you just know that when Autocar come to test the XKR-S GT, it will be phenomenal and will run rings around the new 911 GT3 because the XK is a Jaguar, can transport 4 people, has more power and is more luxurious. Criteria that are not foremost for a track orientated car, but the goal posts will be moved to let the Jag come top.

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