Jaguar Confirms Special Edition XKR for 75th Anniversary

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The Jaguar XKR is one awesome feline, and it's soon to become even hotter. The upcoming 75th Anniversary edition confirms our rumors that Jaguar would indeed produce a hopped-up XKR.

We learned earlier this month that Jaguar was in the process of crafting a faster, more rare edition of its already amazing XKR, but weren't sure exactly what it would entail. We knew it would be based on the track-only Goodwood Special model unveiled at last year's festival, and Jaguar was taking out all the stops to create the ultimate street-legal speed demon.

As a celebration of 75 years of business, CEO Dr. Ralf Speth commissioned Jaguar's engineering department to create the roadworthy coupe. To ensure the car stays in the hands of true Jaguar enthusiasts, just 75 examples will be constructed.

"The XKR 75 will provide owners with exclusivity, excitement, and a hint of Jaguar's great heritage," said managing director of Jaguar Cars Mike O'Driscoll. "This is a fitting way to celebrate the sporting credentials of the XK marque in the 75th year of the Jaguar name."

Although we had a good grasp on the specs before, here's the official rundown of upgrades. Power output from the 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 has been bumped to 523 horsepower and 483 pound-feet of torque, up from 503 and 461 respectively. Ride height has been lowered and spring rates have been stiffened by 28 percent in the front and 32 percent in the rear for improved handling. A new exhaust system, with larger outlets, increases power and creates an improved sound. The exterior will be available in a new Stratus Grey hue, and lightweight forged 20-inch wheels finished in dark grey surround red painted brake calipers. The sprint from 0 to 60 takes 4.4 seconds, as opposed to 4.6 for the stock XKR, and a top speed is set at 174 mph.

Jaguar is set to show off its latest cat at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 2. Customers may begin placing orders next month, with deliveries scheduled to begin in October. We're not sure whether the special-edition Jaguar will grace our presence this side of the pond. If it does, expect a price tag in the neighborhood of $128,000, roughly $32,000 more than a standard XKR.

Source: Jaguar

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