New XKR GT3 has gone on show at Autosport International show
12 January 2007

Visitors to the Autosport International show at the Birmingham NEC in January got the chance to see the new Jaguar XKR GT3 in the metal for the first time.

The be-winged Jag has been developed by Buckingham-based Apex Motorsports, and will compete in the FIA European GT3 Championship, starting at Silverstone in May. It is not officially backed by Jaguar, though it has been developed with its approval.

The GT3 shares much of its aluminium bodywork and its 4.2-litre supercharged V8 engine with the XKR, though both have been substantially upgraded. Power is up from 420bhp to 475bhp, and the standard auto 'box has been swapped for a six-speed sequential manual unit.

The Autosport International show is open to the public on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 January. Click here for more details, and click here to see a video teaser of the show.

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Jaguar XK

A smooth, svelte all-rounder of a grand tourer, which can equally cosset and thrill in equal measure when called upon

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