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Jaguar XKR: Jaguar’s advanced lightweight coupe

The Jaguar XKR has been in production since 1996. The first model was electronically limited to 155 mph but the current model, which has been on the market since 2006, can reach 186 mph. It’s a grand touring car that’s available as a coupe or convertible. It’s built for speed and comfort and couples breath-taking power with exceptional efficiency.

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Jaguar XK

The XK is the car on which the Jaguar XKR is based. This coupe or convertible begins at £65,000. For that you get 385hp and 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. Power comes from a 5 litre V8 petrol engine that provides 25.2 mpg. Although reviews have claimed that the car is expensive to buy and run, it compares favourably with the Porsche 911 Carrera in all departments. The Porsche produces 35hp less than the Jaguar, it is only four tenths of a second quicker to 60mph and yet costs 10 percent more than the British car.

Another criticism levelled at the car is that the rear seats are useless, so the XKR is effectively a two-seater. Although that’s true, buyers in this sector of the market aren’t looking for practicality and rear leg room.

Jaguar XKR

Jaguar’s R-Series comprises the fastest cars in their range. The cars in this range are bolder, more dynamic and sportier than their brethren. But the XKR-S is faster still.

Jaguar XKR-S

The XKR-S was launched at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. It is the fastest production car that Jaguar has ever produced. The 5-litre supercharged V8 engine that can be found in the XKR has been tweaked to produce an extra 40 hp and a total of 680Nm of torque. Aerodynamic alterations improve aero efficiency whilst bringing the car a meaner, sharper look than the original XK, both of which were designed in-house by Ian Callum.

Final word

All variants of the Jaguar XKR are based on the same platform. It's chassis is based on the Jaguar Advanced Lightweight Coupe Concept car which was first seen at the 2005 North American International Auto Show. Stylistically it is designed to echo the past whilst ushering in the future. The car’s grille was inspired by that of the 1961 Jaguar E-Type and yet the car is regularly face lifted to keep it current.

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