April 09 2013
Jaguar to launch XKR S-GT
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…
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