Building on the excellence of the all-new XK introduced in late 2005, the Jaguar XKR takes the Jaguar experience to new heights.
Like the normally aspirated XK model, the new XKR makes intelligent use of practical, modern technology such as its industry-leading aluminium monocoque body structure. In addition, an uprated 420 bhp supercharged V8 engine and class-leading calibration of its state-of-the-art, six-speed automatic transmission bring it a level of accessible, real-world performance that makes the XKR the most impressive, everyday, sporting GT in its class.
And the XKR’s powerful statement of intent is emphatically reinforced by enhanced sporting styling cues such as a unique front bumper, aluminium-finish grilles and bonnet louvers; unique 19 and 20-inch alloy wheel designs and a quad-exhaust system add to its overall presence.
Driving the New Jaguar XKR
The new 420 bhp Jaguar XKR is a sensational car to drive. With 120 bhp more power than the normally aspirated 4.2-liter XK, the same strong and stiff aluminium body structure that ensures superb ride and handling, and a six-speed automatic transmission with Jaguar Sequential Shift that is regarded as class-leading in terms of gearchange speed as well as refinement, Jaguar’s blend of performance and dynamics reaches new heights with the XKR.
The result of that engineering brief is a car that performs in any conditions, at any speed. With superb torque at low engine speeds, instant acceleration is always available should you demand it. Similarly, the advanced steering and suspension set-up means the new XKR switches effortlessly from relaxed grand tourer to honed sports car with ease. It is everything the XK is and much more besides.
Supercharged 4.2-Liter Engine
The ability to call upon impressive reserves of power and acceleration in an instant is the hallmark of every great Jaguar. The new XKR ensures this by using a remarkable 4.2-liter supercharged AJ-V8 engine. Producing 420 bhp at 6250 rpm and 413 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm it is capable of propelling the Coupe version to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
The addition of a supercharger and twin air intakes means the new XKR benefits from a 120 bhp power increase over the normally aspirated 4.2-liter XK with which it shares its engine configuration. Torque, so essential for instant acceleration at any engine speed, also increases significantly – by 36% over the XK, although the overall weight of the XKR is raised by just 150 lbs. Consequently the power-to-weight ratio compared to the normally aspirated 4.2-liter XK is an impressive 34% higher.
Turning to transmission, Jaguar's Sequential Shift uniquely combines all the speed and involvement of a sequential manual gearbox with the comfort and convenience of a full automatic. The system consists of steering wheel-mounted paddles and a conventional gear selector lever, allowing the driver to switch between three automatic or paddle-operated gearbox modes.
Manual mode is activated by simply operating one of the steering wheel-mounted paddles, and delivers a state-of-the-art manual gear shift feel from the automatic transmission.
Exterior and Interior Design
With the much-admired new Jaguar XK already considered a future design classic, Jaguar’s creative team, led by Ian Callum, had a great starting point from which to produce the XKR. The XK range’s elegant form draws on the lineage of the original XK and E-type sports cars, and by blending this unmistakeable Jaguar silhouette with contemporary flair its exterior forms a stunning blend of elegance, athleticism and definition.
The new XK’s interior design has been just as highly praised and the XKR’s cabin represents arguably the most sophisticated yet driver-focussed environment of any car in its class. The XKR has class-leading ergonomics, user-friendly in-car technology and simple, clear information displays in the instrument panel and main dashboard area.
A unique sports seat design with additional lateral support for both the driver and front seat passenger has been added, with an ‘R’ badge on the headrests, tachometer, steering wheel and gear selector. The design of the standard aluminium interior veneer is also unique to the XKR, featuring a ‘weave’ pattern from the Advanced Lightweight Coupe showcar.
Type: Supercharged V8
Displacement cu in (cc): 256 (4196)
Power bhp (kW) at RPM: 420(313) / 6250
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM: 413(560) / 4000
Redline at RPM: n.a.
Brakes & Tires
Brakes F/R: ABS, vented disc/vented disc
Tires F-R: R19 - R20
Driveline: Rear Wheel Drive
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length × Width × Height in: 188.6 × 74.5 × 52
Weight lb (kg): 3814 (1732)
Acceleration 0-62 mph s: 4.9
Top Speed mph (km/h): 155 (250) - electronically limited
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km): n.a.
Base Price: 2007 Jaguar XKR - $85,835 (last update: 2/22/2007)