2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT
Jaguar was among the many brands to bring something new to the American table at last week’s New York International Auto Show. This car, however, stands out as an exciting new development for Jag and as inisght to the future of the company.
Jaguar is generally recognized as the perfect union between power and luxury with a slight lean towards comfortability. This XK offshot turns that model on its head and offers a street-legal, track-ready supercar that boasts performance from every angle.
The XKR-S is powered by a supercharged, 5.0L V-8 producing 540+ HP and over 500 ft-lbs of torque. The frame, suspension, turning and braking mechanisms are all modeled after the XK but modified and hand crafted to deliver the best possible responsiveness, agility, and of course, high speed. An on-board computer tops the car out at around 185 MPH, but unbridled there would be much more power to give.
Carbon fiber lines, visible ceramic brakes and decordated calipers and a taller-than-average spoiler accent the exterior. The interior is essentially a leather-bound cockpit with performance seating that forces the driver into an optimal position for handling this beast. Jaguar reps say every component of the vehicle serves to increase speed, downforce and responsiveness and reviewers agree that it delivers.
This will be a hyper-exclusive model in North America with only 25 cars in the U.S. and 5 in Canada and a base price is yet to be determined. Consider yourself among a lucky few to even see one on the street.