Car based on the one-off Jaguar XKR Special from last year's Goodwood Festival of Speed
16 June 2010

A hotter, special edition Jaguar XKR will go into production.

The car, based on the one-off Jaguar XKR Special that was shown off at last year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, has already lapped the Nurburgring in 7min 58secs and is being prepared for launch later this year.

No specific details have been revealed for the new production car, but the Goodwood Special has an uprated version of Jag's 5.0-litre supercharged V8 making 523bhp and 516lb ft of torque, as well as lowered suspension, 21-inch alloys and a tweaked exhaust.

"This is definitely not a level of performance anyone would have associated with the XKR before now," Jaguar boss Mike O'Driscoll told Pistonheads.com when asked about the Nurburgring lap time.

O'Driscoll also confirmed that the car will have a top speed of at least 186mph, meaning it will go at least 300kph, which is an important sales point in the German market.

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16 June 2010

The XKR is capable of quite a lot more power - Paul Gentilozzi and co's racer is actually an XK8 (no blower) but has 500ish bhp nevertheless: the XFR they took to Bonneville has something like 600bhp. Now, 7:58 is a second quicker than the Cadillac CTS-V, which has 556bhp, but the Jag is quite a bit lighter... what Jag need is a car capable of breaking 200mph. That means quite a bit more power. I'm not sure why the XKR, even delimited, is as slow at the top end as it is - it's got about the same power as the 205mph BMW M5, but it's lighter, and, I'd have thought, has less drag. Maybe it's to do with gearing? I think the new ZF 8-speed auto would be a good addition to the XKR... oh, also - Jaguar, if you're listening, please do a V12 version at some point... just narrow your V8's bank angle from 90 degrees to 60 and then add four cylinders...

16 June 2010

There still playing at it, aren't they?, Porsche's latest GT2 although a limited edition has 611bhp, 444bhp/per ton, this is STILL an old mans Jag, just enough power to wet the underwear, safe, yes that's the word to describe it , it's a 4/10 car, must try harder!

Peter Cavellini.

16 June 2010

Have you driven a 5 litre XKR? They are ballistic. For me the news of an even quicker, more hardcore version is very welcome. I hope it's lighter, has adjustable dampers, lighter sports seats (manually adjustable), more power (for no good reason), revs higher, but keeps the 2+2 layout. I'd love a good manual box too but that's me being not very realistic.

16 June 2010

It would be like a poor mans Aston DBS except you can't be very poor to buy an £80k car that will do about 10mpg.

When it comes out, I will pop over to Manchester United to have a look at a dozen of them in the car park!

16 June 2010

I get that the XKR is a fantastic GT car, and therefore won't be the quickest car in the world because we want luxuries which weigh some, and want a comfortable ride which can compromise handling somewhat. I think comparing it to the M5 is wrong and it should really be compared with the M6; as it is a 2+2 coupe as opposed to being a 4 door saloon. Comparing the stats with that, the Jag has more power, and much much more torque than the BMW. Together with the way the XKR looks, and coupled with the gorgeous note from the current car (let alone the Special with the tweeked exhaust), this should be a pretty sweet car when released. Can't wait...

16 June 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]

There still playing at it, aren't they?, Porsche's latest GT2 although a limited edition has 611bhp, 444bhp/per ton, this is STILL an old mans Jag, just enough power to wet the underwear, safe, yes that's the word to describe it , it's a 4/10 car, must try harder!

[/quote]

YOU BLOODY WHAT? The GT2 is not so much a car as a vicious axe-murderer... RWD, a rear-mounted engine (and a tuned-up version of the Turbo's engine at that), it's a recipe for disaster. More comparable is the rather lovely GT3, which actually has less power than a standard XKR. 500bhp in a car this light is still A LOT. It's also incredibly beautiful. More power, less weight... a recipe made in heaven. Stop your whining. I've read a lot of your posts, and I don't think you've ever made any contribution to this forum. You just whine. You never say anything constructive.

16 June 2010

[quote the pits]Have you driven a 5 litre XKR? They are ballistic. For me the news of an even quicker, more hardcore version is very welcome. I hope it's lighter, has adjustable dampers, lighter sports seats (manually adjustable), more power (for no good reason), revs higher, but keeps the 2+2 layout. I'd love a good manual box too but that's me being not very realistic.[/quote]

Since the autobox is the same ZF six-speed that BMW have been using for years, all Jag would need to change to a manual gearbox would be to design and produce a new bell-housing, re-trim the top of the transmission tunnel (and cut a hole in it), and buy the gearbox itself in from ZF... not exactly the hardest job in the world. Alternatively, they could fit the kind of sequential manual 'box (still with a clutch pedal for downshifts IIRC) favoured by track day loonyists, as the GT3 version of the XK8 has... there's clearly a bellhousing available for the racers, so it might be possible just to use it on the roadgoing version.

16 June 2010

[quote topgearnut]I get that the XKR is a fantastic GT car, and therefore won't be the quickest car in the world because we want luxuries which weigh some, and want a comfortable ride which can compromise handling somewhat. I think comparing it to the M5 is wrong and it should really be compared with the M6; as it is a 2+2 coupe as opposed to being a 4 door saloon. Comparing the stats with that, the Jag has more power, and much much more torque than the BMW. Together with the way the XKR looks, and coupled with the gorgeous note from the current car (let alone the Special with the tweeked exhaust), this should be a pretty sweet car when released. Can't wait...[/quote]

I just thought of the M5 as "a very fast car" - I don't understand how a light 2+2 like the XKR is slower than a 2-ton family saloon/estate that has only 4 more horsepower, rather less torque, an infuriating gearbox, and rather more drag as well. I can only suspect it's in the gearing. I think the M6 is pretty much the same as an M5 performance-wise...

17 June 2010

I agree with the 2nd post on this, we need a V12! I have been banging on for ages on this forum on various Jag articles that a V12 is a must in limited numbers, with chrome engine heads, inlet pipes. I hate seeing plastic engine covers on sports cars. Look at the famous Italian marques how they want you to see what powers their cars and admire this huge power house rather than lift a bonnet and find a cheap tacky injection moulded plastic that looks like it may even be "Made in China". If you're going to come out with limited edition cars then its not asking much to make these that little bit more special that makes it worth that price tag rather than have some stickers stuck on the side and alloys that you could have got cheaper from adverts on back pages of "Max Power". Jag again you got perfect ingredients to make a proper Shepards Pie, but don't make it out dog meat this time!! You're fighting off the German Marques and now take on the Italians at their own game and this is your chance! I have always admired Italian cars for not how fast they get from A to B but how they get there and the flare and excitment they create. This is what i want Jaaaaggg to do now. We have the perfect car line up, now lets make them so special that they are sold before even one is driven off the production line. Come on Jag!!!!

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