Jaguar apparently didn’t know it would have a hit on its hands when it unveiled the “track-focused” XKR-S GT at the New York International Auto Show a few weeks back.
One of three new high-performance R-line models to be added to the British marque’s line-up in recent months, that mouthful of a name is being branded on a version of the familiar XK equipped with a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 upgraded to make a tire-spinning 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. That is enough to propel the Jaguar XKR-S GT from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds.
And despite a $174,000 price tag, the XKR-S GT has generated enough buzz that Jaguar is thinking of boosting production by as much 50%. Of course, one has to consider that in perspective. The original run was only planned to total 30, including 25 for the U.S. and the rest for Canada.