2012 Jaguar XK-Series

XK RWD 2-Dr Coupe V8 auto trans

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2012 Jaguar Xrk S Front Three Quarter
There’s no shortage of performance in the Jaguar lineup. With the XFR sedan, the XKR two-door, and the XJ Super Sport sedan, the British automaker has a trio of 510-hp supercharged brutes that are plenty competent around a track. But what Jaguar doesn’t have is performance with cachet. The R subbrand carries little emotional weight compared with BMW M, Mercedes-Benz AMG, and Audi RS badges.

Enter the XKR-S. It’s Jaguar’s fastest production car ever and churns out 550 hp for a price of $132,875. If that doesn’t grab your attention, take just one look at the sleek sports car slathered in scintillating French racing blue paint.
2012 Jaguar Xrk S Front Passenger Three Quarter On Track
Tuned for the track
Extracting additional performance from the XKR to create the XKR-S was largely an exercise in calibration rather than swapping hardware. The familiar supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 now makes 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, up 40 hp and 41 lb-ft from the XKR’s output. Engineers have stiffened the front suspension uprights, tweaked the rear suspension geometry, increased spring rates 28 percent up front and 32 percent in back, and dropped the ride height 0.4 inch. The XKR’s adaptive dampers and active rear differential have also been tuned to act more aggressively. The most significant hardware changes come in the form of an active exhaust, a reworked aero package that reduces lift by 26 percent, and Pirelli PZero tires wrapped around new 20-inch aluminum wheels finished in a sinister graphite color.
To enrich the interior, there’s supple stitched leather covering the seats, the dash, and a new steering wheel, and the cabin is trimmed with leather carbon-fiber-like accents and optional dark aluminum inserts. The XKR-S-exclusive sport seats are exceptionally comfortable and feature 16-way adjustability including inflatable side bolsters.

The only obvious omission from the XKR-S’s pedigree is a weight-loss program. The front splitter, rear diffuser, and rear wing are made of carbon fiber, but that decision was driven by aesthetics, not function. Weight remains unchanged from the XKR, at 3968 pounds. For now, the XKR-S is only available as a coupe.
Powerful, punchy, and playful
We already knew that the XKR is a torque monster, so it’s no surprise that the XKR-S produces silly thrust before the pedal is depressed even halfway. The gas pedal’s satisfying responsiveness means a short sprint to triple-digit speeds is always waiting for your command. Jaguar claims 60 mph comes in 4.2 seconds and that a top speed of 186 mph makes the XKR-S the fastest production car in the brand’s history.
A six-speed automatic transmission is the only gearbox offered, but it is a very, very good one. With Jaguar’s rotary gear selector twisted all the way to the right to the sport setting, the transmission will crack off shifts with a hammer-like punch. Initiating Dynamic mode sharpens the throttle response, tightens up the dampers, and opens a set of valves in the exhaust. At full wood, the XKR-S emits a raw, guttural snarl of blats and grunts and the sharp bark at lift-off is chased by intermittent aftershocks of snaps and crackles as the engine revs fall. It’s hardly the seductive symphony of an Italian engine, but this Jag has a presence and aural individuality that makes the heart flutter.
What really gets our pulse pounding, though, is the devilish active differential, which uses an electric motor to progressively lock the rear wheels together. As we hustle through the turns of the Algarve race circuit in Portugal, the diff makes its existence known by dialing in the perfect amount of lockup to keep the car neutral and balanced. Thanks to the rigidity of the chassis, the natural tuning of the throttle pedal, and the supportive seats, you can perfectly read and anticipate the differential’s actions, inviting explorations into controlled oversteer without threatening a smoky spin.
Comfortable on the road, composed on the track
Even with this most hardened XK, the Jag brand keepers are crowing about “duality,” or the car’s ability to offer both credible performance and refined luxury. That persona is certainly apparent throughout the Jaguar range, but we wonder how many times that formula can be photocopied before at least one of those attributes begins to lose some fidelity. Impressively, the XKR-S largely lives up to the claims in that it’s comfortable on the road and poised on the track. On the perfect tarmac of the racetrack, the XKR-S is flat in corners and planted over elevation changes. Keeping things civil on the road requires staying out of Dynamic mode, but even then the R-S is light on its feet. Our only complaint is that occasionally -- sometimes even in Dynamic mode -- the rear-end damping is soft in mid-speed impacts.
2012 Jaguar Xrk S Rear Three Quarter In Motion
Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics dampers use sensors to measure each wheel’s velocity relative to the body 500 times per second while the computer can order valving adjustments as often as 100 times per second. Activating the XKR-S’s Dynamic mode prioritizes a firmer ride, yet the car retains an autonomous authority over the precise damping character based on the driver’s aggression with the steering wheel, throttle, and shift paddles. It all works exceptionally well, transparently reflecting the driver’s attitude in the car’s responses. It’s a transition that we experience over and over again on the roads surrounding the Algarve circuit as we slow our pace for narrow, desolate villages and then tear up another phenomenal two-lane hill-climb. However, we’re also control freaks and would love the ability to override the artificial intelligence and lock the dampers, the differential, and the transmission into their most belligerent settings. We’d call it Race mode.

The XKR-S’s chief shortcoming is a large, nasty dead spot in the center of the steering. While we’re quite fond of the steering in the XF and XJ sedans, the flat on-center response of the R-S is a problem that’s found across the entire XK range. We suspect that the variable-ratio steering rack is the cause of the ambiguity, plaguing the first few degrees of steering. It’s also the most significant reason that the XKR-S isn’t quite as confidence-inspiring as a Porsche 911 or BMW M3 on a foreign twisty mountain road. Swapping the variable-ratio hardware for a fixed-ratio rack that’s quicker than what you currently get just off-center would likely deliver the immediacy that we crave.
A name to remember
Jaguar’s XKR-S boasts a brilliant powertrain backed by a versatile suspension. It doesn’t carry the same hardened performance edge of a 911or M3, but it sits at the pleasant intersection of legitimate track credibility and Jaguar brand character. As a worthy addition to the great European performance subbrands, here’s to hoping that the R-S tag makes its way to more Jaguars.
2012 Jaguar XKR-S

Base price (with dest.): $132,875
Price as tested: $133,250

Body Style: 2-door coupe
Accommodation: 4-passenger
Construction: Aluminum unibody
2012 Jaguar Xrk S Cockpit
Engine: 32-valve DOHC supercharged V-8
Displacement: 5.0 liters (305 cu in)
Power: 550 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 502 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Rear-wheel
Fuel economy: 15/22 (city/hwy)
Steering: Hydraulically assisted
Turning circle: 35.8 ft
Suspension, front: Control arms, coil springs
Suspension, rear: Multilink, coil springs
Brakes: Ventilated discs, ABS
Wheels: 20-in aluminum-alloy
Tires: Pirelli PZero
Tire size, front: 255/35YR-20
Tire size, rear: 295/30YR-20
Headroom F/R: 37.4/30.2 in
Legroom F/R: 43.0/37.6 in
Shoulder room F/R: 56.6/42.4 in
Wheelbase: 108.3 in
Track F/R: 61.4/63.3 in
L x W x H: 188.7 x 74.5 x 51.6 in
Cargo capacity: 11.7 cu ft
Weight: 3968 lb
Fuel capacity: 16.0 gal
Fuel grade: 91 octane
2012 Jaguar XK
2012 Jaguar XK
Amid dramatic changes in the Jaguar lineup, the traditional-looking XK offers the clearest link to the brand's past. Its sonorous 5.0-liter V-8 engine, available with power outputs ranging from 385 to a mind-blowing 550 hp, responds instantly to the tap of the gas pedal, with much of the credit going to the six-speed automatic transmission, which reacts almost as if it could read the driver's mind. Although the XK's styling harks back to the 1998 XK8, the car has benefited from several recent updates. Last year it received a line of direct-injection V-8 engines. At that time the interior was restyled to more closely match the newer XF and XJ, replacing the controversial J-gate shifter with the new, also controversial, rotary shifter. The front and rear fascias, updated last year, evolve further this year with a more aggressive lower grille and slimmer headlights that resemble Jaguar's recent sports car concepts. The new-for-2012 XJR-S is the most powerful Jaguar you can buy, and it handily outguns the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo S. But the XK, regardless of trim, is not as sharp as the best sports cars and, in convertible form, doesn't always feel rigid enough. Like the sporting Jags of old, though, the XK expertly blends brutal performance with a helping of refinement. Pretty soon it will lose its monopoly on Jaguar sports car enthusiasts. A less expensive two-door based on the 2011 Frankfurt motor show's C-X16 will arrive sometime in 2013, and a production version of the wild C-X75 -- sans turbine power -- is on the way.
2012 Jagaur XKR S Convertible Front Left View
The color scheme on this XKR S is spot-on: British racing green with a black convertible top and shiny black wheels over saddle brown leather seats with charcoal trim. It's modern yet traditional -- an aesthetic that Jaguar manages to create in every one of its vehicles. And as good as it looks, it sounds even better. The engine produces pure music and the exhaust bark is totally addictive. After I heard it the first time pulling away from a stop, I began timing the lights to experience it as many times as possible. Stop, accelerate, bark, repeat.

2012 Jaguar XKR-S convertible

1967 Bertone Jaguar Pirana Front Three Quarters View
According to its organizers, the 2012 Concorso Italiano is a celebration of “vehicles of  Italian origin.” So how is it a 1967 Jaguar E-Type – one of England’s most renowned sports cars -- may be one of the show’s star attractions? Because this isn’t just any run-of-the-mill E-Type. It’s the 1967 Bertone Pirana [sic] concept. Unless you’re a devout student of Bertone history, played with the Politoys replica as a child, or gave up building the Fujimi model kit in a fit of frustration, chances are you may never have heard of the Pirana. In 1967, John Anstey – publisher of the Telegraph newsmagazine -- commissioned Bertone to craft a concept car to display at the Earls Court Motor Show. Anstey’s demands included the finished product be built from parts already in production, boast modern safety and comfort features, and be a fully-operable car. Bertone procured a chassis from a 4.2 litre E-Type, and set to work reworking every exterior surface. The E-Type’s long, rounded body was eschewed in favor of a long, flat, rectangular body with crisp forms. Said to be the work of Marcello Gandini, it bore some resemblance to Bertone’s wild Lamborghini Marzal concept shown earlier that year in Geneva, but it bore an even closer resemblance to a production car that would debut in 1968: the Lamborghini Espada. The history of the car following its London show debut is a bit murky, though the car randomly surfaced on eBay in 2010, looking a bit tatty and wearing an unusual shade of green. Since then, the car has been completely restored to its original state, and its first public post-restoration showing is this year’s Concorso. A fitting venue, considering the show is paying tribute to Bertone’s 100th anniversary this year. “We’re very excited to have the Pirana as part of our showcase this year,” said Tom McDowell, president of the Concorso Italiano, in a prepared release. “It serves as a prime example of Bertone’s design craftsmanship and is an excellent addition to our 100th anniversary collection. The company was responsible for producing some of the most exciting, beautiful, and historically important automobiles.” Want to see it for yourself? Make plans to hit up the Concoros Italiano on August 17, in Monterey, California. For more information, visit www.concorso.com.

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Jaguar F Type Prototype Front Three Quarter On Track 21
Once the Jaguar F-Type roadster arrives sometime next year, a coupe will follow 12 to 18 months later, UK-based Auto Express reports. Jaguar hints that it will be more of a driver’s car than a GT like the larger XK on which it’s based.
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Jaguar has made a lot of effort into making its vehicles sportier and modern. Now, Jaguar hopes to inject more youth into the brand with refreshed logos and badges.
Jaguar XK Artisan SE Coupe Profile
The Jaguar XK will receive a new limited-edition upgrade treatment called the XK Artisan Special Edition. The unique collection of upgrades includes bespoke interior and exterior changes to make the Jaguar XK and XKR coupe and convertible even more attractive and luxurious. The updates begin outside, where Jaguar will allow the XK to be painted in three Artisan-exclusive colors: Celestial Black, Polaris White, or Rhodium Silver. The XK also wears unique, polished, Orono-style 20-inch wheels. Inside, textured "scraffito-style" leather adorns the front seats, dashboard, and door panels, while the headliner is covered with Poltrona Frau high-end Italian leather. Buyers can opt for either Shadow Walnut or Dark Figured Aluminum interior trims. Power bucket seats, a heated steering wheel, stainless-steel pedals, unique door-sill plates, and a 525-watt Bowers & Wilkins sound system are all standard. Convertible models can be equipped with fabric tops in black, blue, gray, or brown. The Jaguar XK Artisan SE commands a price premium of about £12,000 over regular models in the U.K., or about $19,000. Unfortunately for leaping-cat fans on our shores, the Jaguar XK Artisan will not be sold in the U.S. market. Source: Jaguar

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2012 Jaguar XK-Series Specifications

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5.0L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
385 hp @ 6500rpm
380 ft lb of torque @ 3500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 72 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Jaguar) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 XK convertible vehicles manufactured October 1, 2010, through August 1, 2013. The switch in the overhead roof console also activates the power operated windows when the convertible roof is opening or closing. The switch does not move downward to close the windows. Therefore, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 118, "Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems."
The power windows may inadvertently be activated and pinch or injure an arm or finger.
Jaguar will notify owners, and dealers will replace the overhead roof console, free of charge. The recall began on October 1, 2013. Owners may contact Jaguar at 1-800-452-4827. Jaguar's recall number is J030.
Potential Units Affected
Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC

Recall Date
Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Jaguar) is recalling certain model year 2012-2015 Jaguar XK vehicles manufactured March 4, 2011, to March 20, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the front side lamps (parking lamps) may turn off after approximately 5 minutes. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
If the parking lamps turn off, the vehicle will have reduced conspicuity, increasing the risk of a crash.
Jaguar will notify owners, and dealers will update software that controls the front side lamps, free of charge. The recall began March 5, 2015. Owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-800-452-4827. Jaguar's number for this recall is J049.
Potential Units Affected
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