Speed pack raises top speed from 155mph to 174mph
2 March 2010

The fastest ever Jaguar XKR coupe has been unveiled at next month's Geneva motor show.

The revised Jaguar XKR has a top speed of 174mph, raised from 155mph, and will be displayed with new performance and styling packs.

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“With 503bhp and 461lb ft of torque, the XKR has immense reserves of power and acceleration," said Russ Varney, chief programme engineer, XK Series.

"The car has always had the potential to reach speeds far beyond its original electronically limited maximum and many of our customers have expressed an interest in a car that can safely be driven faster where conditions permit.”

The speed pack - which costs £3500 - works via an engine and transmission recalibration, and to ensure the car remains stable at high speeds it sports a revised front aerodynamic splitter and larger rear spoiler. The Active Differential Control unit also adjusts to reduce steering sensitivity at very high speeds, further improving stability.

XKRs fitted with the speed pack will come with body-coloured side sills and rear diffuser, and a chrome finish to the window surrounds and upper and lower mesh grilles. In addition, the brake callipers will be painted red.

Buyers can also opt for a Black pack - available only in black, white or red body colours - which adds gloss black 20-inch alloys, and a gloss black finish on details such as widow surrounds and grilles. Interior changes include new colours of stitching. It costs £500.

In addition, all 2010 Jaguar XKR coupe and convertibles will be sold with red brake callipers as standard. All XKRs and XKs will also be sold with a tyre repair kit rather than a spare tyre - buyers can opt for an accessory suitcase to fit in the 30-litre wheel well.

Jaguar XK prices

XK 5.0 Coupe £61,955XK 5.0 Convertible £67,955XK 5.0 Portfolio Coupe £66,955XK 5.0 Portfolio Convertible £72,955XKR 5.0 Coupe £74,955XKR 5.0 Convertible £80,955 Twitter - follow autocar.co.ukSee all the latest Jaguar XK reviews, news and video

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17 February 2010

the figures of course look good however not too sure on this car! i know white has come back into fashion, still some cars suit it and others dont! not too sure this does! conventional black or silver would suit it much better and as for the black stripe at the bottom hmmm

17 February 2010

Very nice, but where is their 2.0 Estate to compete against the 520d? Man can not live off jam alone.

17 February 2010

In blue it looks spectacular, white im not so sure, and that rear spoiler looks like an afterthought but apart from that looks very good

17 February 2010

the figures of course look good however not too sure on this car! i know white has come back into fashion, still some cars suit it and others dont! not too sure this does! conventional black or silver would suit it much better and as for the black stripe at the bottom hmmm

Have to agree. I think the Jag XKR is gorgeous but in white, and the black stripe with the decals at the bottom does it no favours.

Just have to convince the bank manager that this cars needs to be on my drive.

17 February 2010

[quote VX220EDDIE]

the figures of course look good however not too sure on this car! i know white has come back into fashion, still some cars suit it and others dont! not too sure this does! conventional black or silver would suit it much better and as for the black stripe at the bottom hmmm

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Have to agree. I think the Jag XKR is gorgeous but in white, and the black stripe with the decals at the bottom does it no favours.

Just have to convince the bank manager that this cars needs to be on my drive.

DKW

17 February 2010

White unfortunately has not been suitable for a car like that since Miami Vice days (bit too 'look at me ') - it looks better on angles anyway:

Shame they don't offer the black pack with blue paint, I would like to see that.

I know the speed pack is an option for those interested, so have no objection. However I am concerned with the efforts (typically German) car companies are putting into extented their cars high speed (> 155) performance. A car designed to operate well at these speeds is not the same as one designed to operate optimally at speeds people actually typically use. I would like to see more emphasis on driving pleasure between 0 and 90 mph. How many of us spend much time going faster than that, even people in cars that could do 155 or higher?

OK, on second thought perhaps some of you better not answer that ...

17 February 2010

Not really sure where Jag are going with this.

I thought the current XKR was fine, aggresive enough looks and performance.

The 'bodykit' probably isn't going to appeal to most Jag customers and I am not convinced they are going to win over a younger customer from the likes of Porsche et al with this..

17 February 2010

This is just so wide of the mark. Instead of wasting development time on this, they need to get the XKD on the market. This would have the (3 litre) 275bhp diesel engine from the XF and would be very quick as it would have about 250kg less to haul around. They could also borrow the Range Rover 3.6 litre diesel, which is being upgraded this year for an XKD 's'. BMW already sell far more diesel than petrol 6 series. In addition, Jaguar could easily introduce an XK6 as a base model.

Even more importantly as someone has already pointed out, they need to get the XF range sorted out. A £25,000 four cylinder diesel is key and an XF estate would wipe the floor with Mercedes, Audi and BMW. Now 4X4's are losing popularity estate sales are going to pick up massively.

I know Jaguar are cash constrained but these are the logical products to develop. I suppose they just don't have as much cachet in the engineering department as hooning around in a de-restricted XKR with a Max Power paint job.

DKW

17 February 2010

'they need to get the XKD on the market'

Absolutely seconded.

They should have beaten BMW to be the diesel coupe frontrunners, instead they clucked and dithered behind a cloud of white feathers and meekly handed the baton to the Hun.

Even now, where is it? Frankly it's so late it's embarrassing. Speaking from a commercial view however, they should bring it out, simply because I expect it to be easily the best XK for Europe. It would be, similarly equipped, cheaper to buy than the German options, has a better chassis, enjoys better Customer Satisfaction levels, and would be fuel efficient to boot. What's not to like (apart from the dated styling, but you could say the same for some of the competitors too). Effing nice real world car for the money.

17 February 2010

[quote DKW]What's not to like (apart from the dated styling[/quote]

Dated styling? What kind of crack are you on?

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