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Old 06-14-2011, 03:19 AM   #1
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This is the brand new 2012 Jaguar XKR facelift. The Brits have not changed anything regarding the technical setup. They only included some optical details which were already included in the Jaguar XKR-S released in Geneva in blue and spotted again in red at Top Marques Monaco.

http://www.gtspirit.com/2011/04/21/o...-xkr-facelift/

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Old 06-14-2011, 01:47 PM   #2
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There are two ways to celebrate finding an extra 39 horsepower in the performance version of a sports flagship. You can call it "improving the breed" and make it part of a mid-cycle "face-lift," or you can add a letter and make it the ultra ne plus ultra.

Jaguar chose the latter. It boosted the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8's 503 horsepower to 542, jacked up torque by 41 lb-ft to 502 lb-ft, freed up the speed limiter from 155 mph to 186 mph (a metric-round 300 km/h), and shaved 0.4 seconds off the 0-60 mph time, to 4.2. It lowered the ride height by 0.4 inches, stiffened the front suspension uprights, and raised spring rates by 28 percent front, 32 percent rear. This will cost you $35k-plus more than a garden-variety XKR coupe, the only bodystyle in which the XKR-S will be offered when it goes on sale this fall.

In the sports car universe, the XKR-S is still a big-bore blown V-8 gran turismo. It's a car with horsepower, and especially, torque that surpasses the 10/10ths handling capabilities that could be judiciously used on the esses of Portugal's mountain roads. That's why Jaguar let us loose with a professional coach in the passenger seat on the Autodromo Internacional Algarve, an especially twisty, technical track with elevation changes and blind corners.

With its stiffened front uprights, the XKR-S gives you quick, crisp turn-in via its light-touch steering. With its active differential and the adaptive dynamics system in track mode, the tail can come out with injudicious use of the throttle. The right amount of throttle steer for quicker cornering happens only when you keep the car on the edge of oversteer with the weight of the tail shifting slightly to the outside of the corner. Overdrive it, and you'll scrub speed with a short lateral slide of the grippy rear tires.


The tremendous torque contributes the most to quicker lap times. No matter how slowly you exit a turn, that 502 pound-feet get you back up to speed with alacrity and an overhead cam V-8 burble that has been cured, via baffles, of its supercharger whine. On these mountain roads, third gear and even fourth offer enough low-end grunt for tight turns.

The big brakes feel a bit soft at the top of the pedal, but they powerfully bring the car back down for the next corner. The XKR-S' "performance active exhaust" has valves that open and close for just the right cacophony to accompany the AJV-8's performance, and a throttle-blipped downshift of the six-speed automatic, particularly to second, often is accompanied by back-pressure pops and burbles. From the pits, watching another car pound down the Autodromo's front straight along the start/finish line at 140 mph, the engine's basso profundo is accompanied by the whoosh of 3900 pounds of air quickly being re-arranged. If NASCAR stockers used sophisticated, modern, blown V-8s, they might sound like this.

On the road, the tail can dance a bit over pockmarked pavement, though the big GT always remains planted and composed. It would take stupid levels of speed to break the tires loose on fast public corners. While the driver's view contains lots of hood, the wallowy feel of earlier XKs is long forgotten.

The combination of a big, 108.3-inch wheelbase and a stiff suspension with a modicum of compliance makes for a firm and busy ride, though it's never harsh. Turn off the track mode and the ride is noticeably softer, though you'll still feel the bumps while the electric nannies cut off the limited supply of trailing-throttle oversteer.


Competitors? This is tough. While the Porsche 911 Turbo and Aston Martin Virage coupe come to mind, so does the Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG and the next or the last BMW M6. The XKR-S fits in somewhere between these models as a big, comfortable gentleman's, or lady's, racer. Jaguar marketing will tell you that the XKR-S is the seriously trackable version of the XKR, though as a daily commuter it's as relaxed a ride as its lesser sibling.

So why offer both cars? Because Jaguar can, and because it can get $132,875 for the S. If it's successful, don't be surprised to see other S models, such as an XFR-S, to be far behind, ready to put the Mercedes E63 AMG, Cadillac CTS-v and next BMW M5 on notice. "S" gives Jaguar more of everything, and for the lucky and well-heeled, it's worth every penny.

Short Take: Other 2012 Jaguars

XFR: Along with the standard model, the XFR gets a new front bumper, grille, trunk finisher and a more luxurious interior. The "J-Blade" daytimerunninglights now are light-emitting diodes. The XFR comes with a horizontal chrome side power vent. With the same 503-horsepower engine as the standard XKR, the XFR is 0.1-seconds quicker in its 0-60 mph time (manufacturer's estimate). On the road, it "drives" smaller than the XKR, with very nicely balanced handling. If/when Jaguar does an XFR-S, CTS-v, M5 and XKR-S had better watch out.
XJ Supersport: The aluminum-intensive XJ weighs just 2.2 pounds more than the XF, so the Supersport, with the XFR/XKR's 503-horsepower supercharged V-8, matches the XFR's 4.7-second 0-60 mph time (manufacturer's estimate). Despite all that, Jaguar has wisely chosen not to stiffen up the suspension, so it's no XJR. Our testing of a right-hand-drive model was limited to the Algarve circuit, where the luxury car leaned cushily into every turn. It's reminiscent of those classic British sports car races in which Jag Mk IIs lean into corners that MGs, Austin-Healeys, and Triumphs take flat. The Supersport is for the executive who has lots of access to Autobahn-like roads.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:28 PM   #3
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Almost looks like the Leguna Seca Blue from the E46 M3s. I wouldn't never take one of these over a 911 Turbo or even the current M6.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:38 PM   #4
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That smurf/marshmallow-peep blue is horrible. And blue is my favorite color.

The XKR-S is way over-wrought.

The XKR, like the red car at the top, (and I prefer the XKR coupe) is gorgeous without the tacky add-ons.

I really wish it had an automated-clutch based gearbox, rather than a hydraulic, torque-converter automatic.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:43 PM   #5
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Almost looks like the Leguna Seca Blue from the E46 M3s. I wouldn't never take one of these over a 911 Turbo or even the current M6.
Wouldn't never, eh?
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:04 PM   #6
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It's about time for the XKR-S. A lighter, more powerful, performance oriented car has been needed for about 5 years/

Wonder if they will ever drop a manual in that bad-boy?

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Old 06-15-2011, 03:55 PM   #7
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Old 06-15-2011, 06:01 PM   #8
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beautiful from the side and rear, but the headlights and grill make it look sleepy and sad.
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why not just spring for the ford mustang gt350? same color blue ford uses. and about half the price...
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Really?

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Old 06-16-2011, 03:49 AM   #11
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why not just spring for the ford mustang gt350? same color blue ford uses. and about half the price...
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First... Ford doesn't build a GT350.

They build a GT, or Boss 302, or GT500.

Secondly, the Shelby-built GT350 is a joke, and way over-priced for the ugly that you get from it. A complete disgrace to the amazing original GT350.

Thirdly, that color is attrocious, so I wouldn't draw an equivalency on that aspect.

Fourthly, and most important.... There is a gulf (hint... blue, gulf... get it? ) of difference between a Ford, based on a chassis that enters the market around 20K,

...and a Jaguar, designed by a master, Ian Callum, and built to a much, much higher standard. Basic architecture similarities may exist being front engined 5 liter DOHC V8s, driving the rear wheels, but in terms of execution and detail, they are not similar, which is why they aren't priced similarly.

And frankly, I love the new headlights' sleeker shape, in comparison to the current ones that look like an odd state of permanent surprise, somewhere between round and triangular on the sides.
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Fourthly, and most important.... There is a gulf (hint... blue, gulf... get it? ) of difference. . .


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And frankly, I love the new headlights' sleeker shape, in comparison to the current ones that look like an odd state of permanent surprise, somewhere between round and triangular on the sides.
I completely agree. It's much more sleek.

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Meet the fastest road-going Jaguar ever. The XKR-S GT takes the XKR-S coupe and ramps up its key dynamic elements to make for one of the wildest, most hardcore British sports cars yet. It's fully road legal, with track use its focus, though the interior still looks pretty well apointed...

The most striking change is its carbonfibre body kit, with a front splitter, dive planes, extended wheel arches and a rear diffuser all crafted from the lightweight material. And then there’s that colossal fixed rear wing, which contributes to a maximum 145kg of downforce. Every bit of aerodynamic addenda is said to have a purpose, with nothing superfluous on display

Other motorsport-inspired upgrades over the hardly-timid XKR-S include carbon-ceramic brakes – a first for a Jaguar – which also get Ferrari-style pre-fill technology to speed up their responses. There's also overhauled, F-type inspired suspension, with a 52mm wider track up front, increased camber and revised bushings, plus ride height adjustable Eibach dampers. All told, spring rates are 68 per cent stiffer at the front axle, 25 per cent stiffer at the rear. The steering rack also boasts a faster ratio, borrowed from the new F-type. New 20in forged alloy wheels possess Pirelli Corsa tyres, measuring a stonking 305/30 at the rear.

The standard XKR-S’s drivetrain remains, with a 542bhp 5-litre supercharged V8 driving the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox. With the 1713kg XKR-S GT’s tweaks, though, the 0-60mph time improves, falling 0.3sec to 3.9sec, plonking it firmly in supercar territory. The electronically limited 186mph top speed remains intact (as does the Jaguar XJ220's 'fastest Jag' record), though it’s at this speed the impressive maximum downforce figure is produced.

The changes are enough to get the Jaguar XKR-S GT around the Nurburgring Nordschleife in less than 7min40sec – the sort of lap time reserved for Nissan GT-Rs and Porsche 911 GT3s.

A limited edition to celebrate 25 years of ‘R cars’, 30 Jaguar XKR-S GT coupes will initially be made, all of those set to be sold in the US and Canada and all in Polaris White. Word is that right-hand drive is possible, though, so take an empty cheque book to your local Jaguar dealer and prepare to beg…

The Jaguar XKR-S GT has been revealed ahead of the 2013 New York motor show, where the all-new Jaguar XJR will also debut.
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I drove one the other day for a bit. It was a lot of fun, and would be a killer daily driver.
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Premium cars with soft tops should be lightweights, like the Boxster. Jaguar using them on the $90K (base version!) two ton XKR is a complete joke.
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