The fastest Jaguar ever

Monday, 28 February 2011 2:15 PM

2011 Jaguar XKR-S

The new, 2011 Jaguar XKR-S. On show at Geneva ahead of summers sales. The fastest and meanest big cat ever. Love that paint. Love that 542bhp V8!

Let’s have some stats to back up the headline: 542bhp, 501ft lb torque, 4.2secs to 60mph and a 180mph+ top speed. The Jaguar XKR-S - there is no faster cat right now.

And doesn’t it look great in this image? The electric-blue paint pulses over wider, lower, more aggressive bodywork, most notably the large, air-flowing vents at each end of the front bumper – possibly to cool the front brakes; possibly to tidy up the aero around the front wheels, much like BMW’s new ‘air curtain’ adorning the 1-Series M Coupe. Either way she’s looking ready to race.

Other colours will be offered if this bold blue isn’t your thing – this is a full production car, after all. 

We’ve driven the the ‘standard’ 500bhp Jaguar XKR and it’s a quick cruiser that’s not scared of a bend or two, but the new XKR-S is sniffing around supercar speeds with its extra grunt. The XKR-S should lap up the bends with even more fervour thanks to reworked front and rear suspension that Jaguar claim make it their "most agile, responsive and driver-focused" car ever. The XKR-S gets all the accolades!

"The XKR-S is a bold and exciting new model for Jaguar," remarks Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar's global brand director.

"We expect to attract both loyal and new Jaguar driving enthusiasts who still want the comfort, opulence and class only a Jaguar can offer, combined with inspirational performance."

The 5-litre, supercharged V8 is already a potent powerplant in the standard XKR, with seamless surging acceleration, tuned-out supercharger ‘whine’, quick but not lightning-double-clutch-quick ZF 6-speed automatic sequential ‘box, and deeply pleasant V8 growl. The new car should be a real aural treat with its new, wide open pipes. Loud and proud Jaguar XKR videos here.

At the time of launch, in 2008, Jaguar’s new 5-litre V8 was the most powerful and efficient engine they’d ever built, and the eco-focus remains with the XKR-S - she’s said to return around 23mpg and sub-300g/km CO2. 

You can see the car in the metal at the Geneva Motor Show this week; should you be in that neck of the woods, before sales start in the summer time, priced at around £90,000. That blue paint and jet-fighter bodywork should stop the punters in their tracks. 

By Daniel Anslow

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