Saturday, November 13, 2010


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By Drew Johnson
Yet another unveiling at Geneva was the Jaguar XKR-S, which, at 174mph, is the fastest Jaguar since the XJ220 supercar of the ’90s. The limited-edition version of the supercharged XKR is also the fastest XK ever, thanks to its recalibrated engine management system that ups the top speed from 155mph.

Only 200 cars will be built in both left- and right-hand drive, for sale exclusively in Europe and covered in Ultimate Black.

The same 4.2 liter V8 and six-speed automatic transmission as in the XKR are used, with no bump in power, so Jaguar’s 0-60mph acceleration remains the same at 4.9 seconds.

Instead, the XKR-S has different springs and shocks that lower the ride height my 0.4 inches, thicker anti-roll bars, a quicker steering rack and a slipperier exterior. The manufacturers’ Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS) is also recalibrated. The faster coupe prances on lightweight 20-inch wheels hiding Alcon R brakes which are optional on the XKR.

The exterior is differentiated thanks to a unique front spoiler, rear fascia and spoiler and side skirts, as well as a small XKR-S badge.

Inside, the S gets a full leather interior, a 525 Watt B&W sound system and various XKR-S badged trim pieces.