Jaguar XKR-S GT would make cashed up boy racers very happy

Based on this year’s stand at the New York Auto Show, someone in Jaguar’s planning, design or engineering departments (or possibly in each of the three) was a fan of Max Power (the British equivalent of Hot 4s) during their formative years.

Much as we love the out-there looks of this car, there’s a nagging suspicion in the back of our minds that this doesn’t quite fit the Jaguar ethos — you know, the usual stuff, sophistication, pipes, slippers, enough power to put a Birmingham coal power station to shame, but enough class not to let anybody know that you have said power.

Under the vented and striped bonnet lies a supercharged 5-litre V8 engine just chomping at the bit to spit out its entire quotient of power (405kW) and torque (680Nm). If you’re able to get all of that to ground cleanly via the rear wheels and the 6-speed automatic transmission you can dust off the 0 to 60mph (96km/h) sprint in 3.9 seconds.

Top speed is kept to a mere 300km/h thanks to an electronic nanny. If you can restrain yourself for long enough (and are willing to traverse a lot of straight, boring motorways in the process) you might see fuel economy that nears the 12.6L/100km claim.

Despite having no extra power or torque compared to the non-limited edition XKR-S, the GT is able to sprint to 60mph 0.3 of a second faster. The changes that transform the XKR-S into a GT version include lighter carbon ceramic brakes, new suspension package, wider 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped with Pirelli rubber, and that aggressive carbon fibre aero package, which delivers a maximum down force rating of 145kg.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]