Jaguar’s high-performance models are usually denoted with an R at the end of their name, but the British marque did one better with a one-off, hotter XKR-R concept of its last-generation XKR. Now, Jaguar is set to produce a higher-performance version of its current XKR based off the Goodwood Special unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year, although it may not wear the XKR-R nametag.
As the hotter XKR is essentially a production version of the Goodwood Special, according to Jaguar managing director Mike O’Driscoll, we expect most of the changes to carry over. The engine in the higher performance Jag was tweaked to 523 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, increases of 13 and 55 respectively over the stock engine. This boost in power helps to propel the car to a top speed somewhere north of 300 km/h (186 mph) an important mark for German customers.
In addition to the upgraded engine, the special edition XKR will feature larger 21-inch aluminum alloy wheels and a lowered suspension to give the car sharper handling. The changes carry over from the Goodwood Special last year and have reportedly worked well. The fast cat turned in a lap time of 7:58 on the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a Jaguar development driver behind the wheel, not a professional driver.
“This is definitely not a level of performance anyone would have associated with the XKR before now,” O’Driscoll told Pistonheads.com at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
As a finishing touch on the hotter XKR, Jaguar tweaked the exhaust on the car to give it more “stage presence.” We’re interested to see how this car sounds and handles, as the XKR is already one loud, sharp feline.
Details on availability and pricing will been announced prior to the car’s launch later this year. At this time, it’s unclear if the car will make its way to the U.S. or not, but we definitely have our fingers crossed.