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Jaguar Likely Boosting Limited Run of “Track-Focused” XKR-S-GT

Additional models to come for Europe, possibly elsewhere.

by on Apr.12, 2013

Jaguar may boost production of the "track-focused" XKR-S -- though not for the U.S. market.

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.

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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.

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Jaguar Unleashes “Track-Focused” XKR-S GT

British maker’s fastest production model ever.

by on Mar.26, 2013

The new "track-focused" Jaguar XKR-S.

You better look quick. Jaguar is billing its new XKR-S GT as its fastest production model ever – and with only a handful planned to roll off the British maker’s assembly line, it doesn’t expect them to be around for long.

“This is our most track-focused car yet,” engineering director Pete Simkin pronounced during a media sneak peek prior to the official unveiling of the super-coupe at the New York International Auto Show this week.

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The Jaguar XKR-S GT starts out as the maker’s big sports coupe but undergoes a number of modifications designed to boost both performance and handling.  And while that includes a number of body modifications, Simkin stresses that “every exterior element has a function.”

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Jaguar Reveals New C-X16

Performance hybrid would be smallest Jag in half a century.

by on Sep.07, 2011

The C-X16 is a foot shorter than today's Jaguar XK.

Who says a hybrid can’t quicken your pulse.  Okay, most folks only get excited about a Toyota Prius when they realize they’re saving money at the gas pump.  But Jaguar is betting it can get a little adrenaline flowing with an exotic design that uses a hybrid powertrain to enhance its performance, as much or more than to deliver good fuel economy.

We’ve offered a tease of the Jaguar C-X16 already but now we’ve got the first official pics of the “Baby Jag” sports car that the maker plans to unveil at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show.  The Ian Callum styling will clearly be familiar to Jag fans, taking the sleek XK to a new level of aero-swept design.

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The all-aluminum body and chassis measures just 175 inches nose-to-tail — or about 13 inches shorter than the current XK Coupe and four inches shorter than a Porsche 911 – and 51 inches tall.  It would be the smallest Jaguar since the 1954 XK120, in fact.  That is, if it goes into production.

“Jaguars have always been dramatically different,” says Callum. “With the C-X16 we have moved the current award-winning design language on to the next generation, creating a car that is the very essence of future Jaguar performance.”

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Jaguar Disavows B99 – Leaves Future of Compact Replacement in the Air

“Not the right direction,” says senior U.S. exec.

by on Mar.14, 2011

Jaguar disavows the Bertone B99 concept.

Don’t expect to see the much-ballyhooed Jaguar B99 concept vehicle hit the assembly line anytime soon.  Make that ever.

Though the Bertone-designed prototype received plenty of attention even before it was formally unveiled at the recent Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar officials are forcefully disassociating themselves from the unabashedly retro design.  And that leaves plenty of uncertainty about if and when the British brand will come up with a replacement for its largely unloved X-Type to fill a big gap in the booming compact luxury car segment.

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The word, “bold,” was frequently used to describe the three-box design of the B99, which was meant to celebrate the long relationship between Bertone and Jaguar, which dated back to the XK150, from 1957.  The look was distinctly different from the wedgy shapes of recent Jag models, such as the XF and XK, and seemed almost aimed at reviving the classic shape of the old and long-running XJ sedan.

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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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