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First Look: Jaguar XKR-S Super Coupe

When 510 hp just isn’t enough.

by on Feb.23, 2011

The new muscle king in the Jaguar line-up, the XKR-S.

For some folks, 510 horsepower just isn’t enough.  That’s why Jaguar will roll into the Geneva Motor Show with the XKR-S Super Coupe.

Its debut coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the launch of the legendary Jaguar E-Type, the XKR-S will deliver a whopping 550 hp and 502 lb-feet of torque, enough the maker says, to propel it from 0 to 60 in just 4.2 seconds – on the way to a top speed of 186 mph.

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Details will be released at the Geneva Motor Show, but the powertrain is reported to be a modified version of the current XKR’s 5.0-liter V8.

“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,” proclaims Jag’s new global brand executive, Adrian Hallmark.

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First Look: Jaguar B99

Bertone’s glimpse of the future for the British marque.

by on Feb.22, 2011

The Bertone-designed Jaguar B99 makes its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

There’s plenty to celebrate with the upcoming debut of the Jaguar B99, the Bertone-designed concept scheduled to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show marking the company’s 99th anniversary.

The deep red show car also provides a strong hint of what’s to come when Jaguar gets back into the small luxury car segment with a much-needed replacement for the mostly unloved X-Type sedan.

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Roughly 15 feet, nose-to-tail and slotting into the D-segment, the B99 might seem a conservative design, at first blush, with a wee bit of heritage carried over from the classic XJ.  But a closer look reveals some distinctive touches, notably the unusual barn doors – or rear suicide doors, if you so prefer.  They look large but are actually only about half the size of those up front.

The familiar grille of the mid-range XF is carried over, as is, of course, the Leaper hood ornament.  And, in keeping with Jaguar’s focus on light, fuel-efficient luxury cars, the B99 also opts for an aluminum body and chassis.

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