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Jaguar commemorates 25 years of its R brand with limited-edition XKR-S GT

Jaguar is commemorating 25 years of its R performance brand with the most focused road-going version of its Jaguar 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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MikeSpencer 7 April 2013

Credibility now at breaking point

Sorry it's only my opinion but I just can't take a £130k 542bhp carbon brake shod XK seriously, irrespective of how fast its lapped the 'Ring. Not when its fitted with an old-school auto 'box, that is. I struggle enough with the XKR-S but this one really takes the biscuit. Yes it's a free country and no Jaguar aren't harming anyone by offering such a track focussed car. But I always thought I kind of knew what Jaguar stood for and where its boundaries began and ended. I'm really not sure anymore. Baffling car.

hedgehopper 28 March 2013


At last, someone has turned one of the most beautiful cars on the road into one of the ugliest. Perfect. And the Panamera was criticised! Almost as ugly as MacLarens new wart.

jmd67 28 March 2013

I hated the 'old man' S-Type

I hated the 'old man' S-Type look but jeez where has their good taste gone?