Jaguar’s 25th Birthday Performance Present

To celebrate the 25 years Jaguar has been producing its R and R-S performance models, the Coventry company is unleashing three new ‘extreme’ versions on to the roads of the UK very shortly.

Jaguar R 001

The new models consist of a revised XJR limousine, the XFR-S saloon, and finally the extremely limited edition, previously US-only, XKR-S GT Coupe. All three share the same 5.0 litre V8 engine, fitted with a supercharger, boosting power to 545 bhp and a tyre-shredding 500 lb-ft of torque! Sending all this performance to the rear wheels will be a modified version of the ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, tuned to give rapid but intelligent gearshifts.

Jaguar XJR 001

Each car comes with tuned and modified steering and  suspension settings, tailored to the three car’s distinct personalities. The XKR-S GT benefits from additional chassis enhancements, and some rather racey aerodynamic features. However, I think EngageSportMode may prefer the XFR-S saloon the most, with the high-level rear spoiler making the Big Cat almost look like an Australian V8 Supercar contender. Given the emergence of new manufacturers in that series, perhaps Jaguar should take its four-door Down Under?

Jaguar XFR-S 001

Ironically, the origins of the Jaguars R brand lie with Tom Walkinshaw Racing, the team responsible for the firm’s wins at Le Mans in 1988 and 1990. TWR would go on the enjoy success in Australia with Holden, but before that came a win for the Jaguar XJ-S at the 1985 Bathurst 1000.

Jaguar XKR-S GT 001

But regardless as to whether any of these models see action on track, they still represent what Jaguar calls the “maximalist” expression of road-car performance. Starting at £79,995 for the XFR-S, rising to the £92,370 XJR and £135,000 XKR-S GT prices are not cheap, but all three will be exclusive. In fact too exclusive if you want an XKR-GT; all ten set for the UK have already found buyers.

Previously intended to only be released in the USA, the XKR-S GT will arrive with those ten lucky customers in October this year. Whether they will all attempt to match its 7 minutes 40 seconds laptime of the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife will remain to be seen!

Amongst all the excitement around the new F-Type it can be possible to lose sight of the full range of vehicles Jaguar offers. The trio above confirm that whilst the new roadster might be hogging the limelight, there still lurks ample horsepower in the Jaguar stable.

Details/images courtesy of headlineauto.

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