New high-performance Jaguar XJR saloon expands Jaguar's R line-up
Mark Tisshaw
20 March 2013

Jaguar has crowned its performance saloon line-up with a new R version of its flagship XJ. The Jaguar XJR is the firm’s star of the New York motor show next week.

Power for the XJR comes from Jaguar’s famed supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine. In the XJR, it produces 542bhp, the same power output as the recently unveiled XFR-S.

Jaguar hasn’t confirmed any performance figures for its new rear-wheel drive saloon, but a 0-62mph time close to 5.0sec would be expected. Jaguar has promised “supercar performance” for the new model. 

A single image released by Jaguar of the car ahead of New York reveals an aggressive new look for the XJ in its transformation into the XJR super-saloon. 

Darkened mesh is used for the front grille and air intakes, a front lip spoiler is added, and chrome trim contrasts against the gun metal grey paint finish. Large five-spoke alloys wrapped in low-profile tyres are further additions to the most potent XJ ever.

Jaguar hasn’t gone into detail on the “bespoke chassis and aerodynamic developments” the XJR has compared to the standard XJ. Full details will be confirmed at the New York motor show. 

“The XJR is the most focused, agile and responsive Jaguar XJ ever made,” according to the Gaydon-based firm, mixing “supercar performance and assertive looks with the highest levels of luxury”.

Jaguar boss Adrian Hallmark said: “The new XJR epitomises the three pillars of technology, performance and contemporary design which the Jaguar brand stands for in the twenty-first century, while delivering new levels of dynamic ability in a luxury saloon.”

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20 March 2013

Promised supercar performance?! Considering the likes of a 458 and a MP4-12C are supercars, can we then expect this Jag to do 0-100mph in about 6 to 7 seconds or 0-124mph in about 10secs? Or have a top speed in excess of 200mph? Somehow I think not. The next thing we'll here is a Nurburgring lap time quicker than a Radical SR8.

20 March 2013

Lanehogger wrote:

Promised supercar performance?! Considering the likes of a 458 and a MP4-12C are supercars, can we then expect this Jag to do 0-100mph in about 6 to 7 seconds or 0-124mph in about 10secs? Or have a top speed in excess of 200mph? Somehow I think not. The next thing we'll here is a Nurburgring lap time quicker than a Radical SR8.

Jaguar XFR weight is 1975 Kgs. Should be similar to XFR-S.

Jaguar XJ supersport weight is 1970Kgs and should be similar to the XJR.

Jaguar XFR-S 0 to 100mph is expected to be below 9 seconds which will be similar for the XJR since it weighs less. The XFR-S is electronically limited to 186mph, so the XJ-R could get close to 200mph.

 

Not bad for a full size saloon Lanhehogger. Can you sit 4 people in comfort in a 458 or MP4-12C?

 

21 March 2013

pychris wrote:

Lanehogger wrote:

Promised supercar performance?! Considering the likes of a 458 and a MP4-12C are supercars, can we then expect this Jag to do 0-100mph in about 6 to 7 seconds or 0-124mph in about 10secs? Or have a top speed in excess of 200mph? Somehow I think not. The next thing we'll here is a Nurburgring lap time quicker than a Radical SR8.

 

Jaguar XFR weight is 1975 Kgs. Should be similar to XFR-S.

Jaguar XJ supersport weight is 1970Kgs and should be similar to the XJR.

Jaguar XFR-S 0 to 100mph is expected to be below 9 seconds which will be similar for the XJR since it weighs less. The XFR-S is electronically limited to 186mph, so the XJ-R could get close to 200mph.

 

Not bad for a full size saloon Lanhehogger. Can you sit 4 people in comfort in a 458 or MP4-12C?

 

I don't doubt the XJR will have impressive performance, but for Jaguar to say "supercar performance" is a bit OTT, even if Jaguar can apparently do no wrong at the moment. And if a MP4-12C or 458 can't seat 4 people, does that make these cars irrelevant or inferior are you missing the point of supercars?

20 March 2013

I'd rather have a Maser.

20 March 2013

Jaguar really has got it's act together, plugging the gaps in the ranges, and all in quick succession and beautifully crafted.  If I had the money, I would be genuinely spoilt for choice - F-Type, Sportbrake, XJR...  three magnificent horses for three very different courses.  If lady luck comes up with the required six numbers this weekend, then it'll be the full set. 

20 March 2013

i would wait to see what the next S63 is like before putting my cash down folks

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20 March 2013

iamnotbritishandthereforeunbiased wrote:

i would wait to see what the next S63 is like before putting my cash down folks

I wouldnt, whilst being wonderfully well built it will be a bit naff, as are most AMG products, far too much power for the chassis to cope with.

20 March 2013

The Jaguar V8 5 litre supercharged engine can produce 600bhp. They got an XFR with 600bhp to 225mph at Bonneville Flats.

20 March 2013

Then where have you been? away in the country? E63 4Matic 'S' can certainly now cope with the 580 HP and run0-60 at 3.5,way faster than this car,and way cheaper too.Can't see this less than GBP100G.And I am Scottish.

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23 March 2013

madmac wrote:

Then where have you been? away in the country? E63 4Matic 'S' can certainly now cope with the 580 HP and run0-60 at 3.5,way faster than this car,and way cheaper too.Can't see this less than GBP100G.And I am Scottish.

The E63 4matic S is not available in the UK, so where have you been? Even then the E is not a rival for the XJ, its a rival for the XFR-S which starts at £79k, the XJ rival is the S63 which starts at £113k (oh and according to the German Merc website the E starts at Euro 118k or about £101k).

 

 

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