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Christopher Bruce2013-03-26 17:33:55

Jaguar Turns Up the Wick with the XKR-S GT in New York

Uses same 543hp V8 but produces 319lbs of downforce

 
 
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The front of the car gets a carbon fiber splitter and dive plans, and an aluminum valance panel

JaguarJaguarJaguarUnited Kingdom, 1922 > present53 models
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16 videos
is pushing its performance credentials hard with two limited edition performance models at the New York Auto Show. First it revealed the XJR, and now it is showing the XKR-SXKR-SJaguar XKR-SUnited Kingdom, 2011 > present6 photos
2 videos
GT, which will be limited to 30 cars for North America. The XKR-S GT will be the rarest production Jaguar in the last 25 years.

The XKR-S GT is meant to be a track-focused version of the XKR-S. Power comes from the same 543hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8 from the standard XKR-S, but the GT gets a performance body kit, wider wheels, larger brakes and adjustable suspension.

The major changes over the XKR-S include a carbon fiber body kit with a front splitter, dive planes, wider wheelarches, a larger rear wing and rear diffuser. The front valance is made from aluminum. All of the body changes produce a total of 145kg (320lbs) of downforce. The hood gets louvers to improve cooling. It rides on widened, 20in wheels.

The suspension is also revised with height-adjustable, adaptive dampers with two springs per corner and a 52mm wider track. It increases spring rates by 68% in the front and 25% in the rear. It also gets the faster steering rack from the F-type.

The only available transmission will be a six-speed paddle-shift transmission with an electronic rear differential. It will get to 60mph in 3.9 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster than the XKR-S. The top speed is electronically limited to 300km/h (186mph).

The carbon-ceramic brakes get major changes with 398mm front brake discs with six-piston calipers and 380mm rear discs with four-piston calipers with a pre-sense system that pre-pressurizes the brake system to decrease stopping distance.

The XKR-S GT will only be available in Polaris White with a charcoal interior with red accents. It gets 16-way adjustable seats with fake suede covering the seats, headliner and steering wheel.

If you want to hear the GT, check out the video below. 

Encyclopedia
JaguarJaguar
XKXK
XK Gen.2XK Gen.2
XKR-S GTXKR-S GT
Engine
V 8
Displacement
305 cu in
Top Speed
186 mph
Transmission
6, Automatic
Maximum power
543 hp
Type
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
19.12 US MPG
price
$ 132.925
annual ownership cost
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