What is it?
This is the newly facelifted Jaguar XKR. Amid the hullabaloo over the new Jaguar XFR it’s easy to forget the XK range is being significantly enhanced at the same time.
The Jaguar XKR is still a fine and fresh-looking sports car but it’s now wearing new headlights and some particularly handsome tail-lamps. Other changes include a new front bumper, framed by some natty outboard grilles.
The XKR’s interior has never quite had the same impact as the metalwork, but this has been remedied by some clever upgrades. Most obviously it gets the XF’s cylindrical (and theatrical) gear selector, but there are numerous detail changes too, especially to the materials used, all of which add up to the cabin feeling and looking far more luxurious.
Jaguar’s engineering department has also been busy upping the XK’s technology count. The 4.2-litre V8s have been axed in favour of two all-new direct injection 5.0-litre motors – one a 379bhp naturally aspirated unit, the other a 503bhp supercharged beast that powers the XKR (not to mention the XFR saloon). Both are more potent and more parsimonious with fuel.
The aluminium-bodied XK has also been given the same chassis mods as the XFR saloon. So it has the new continuously variable damping system which (theoretically) responds to driving style and road conditions. The R also gets the new electronic rear diff.