Faster Pussycat: New Jaguar XKR-S Unveiled Prior to Geneva Unveiling

Talk about déjà vu. Three years ago, Jaguar rolled out a high-performance coupe dubbed the XKR-S at the Geneva Motor Show. This year, it’s using the same venue to unveil the 2011 XKR-S — its most powerful XK variant to date.

If nothing else, the new XKR-S is certainly the most aggressive looking XK crafted to date. Designers have added a number of bespoke touches from head to toe, including an aggressive front fascia with a large lower air intake, sweeping air scoops on the front corners, and small, slender air ducts just beneath the hood’s lower edge.

XKR-S models eschew the XK’s vertical fender vent in favor of a horizontal port. Flared side sills are much smoother than those used on both the XKR Speed Pack and the previous XKR-S. A flared rear valence, similar to that used on the Speed Pack, provides room for four exhaust tips, while a wild wing spoiler rests atop the decklid.

Unlike the previous XKR-S, however, the new model receives some additional go along with all this show. The supercharged, direct-injection 5.0-liter V-8 is boosted to roughly 542 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque, a gain of 32 horsepower and 40 pound-feet of torque. Jaguar says the power allows the new XKR-S to sprint from 0-60 in a blistering 4.2 seconds,  run from 0-100 mph in 8.6 seconds, and hit a top speed of 186 mph. That’s plenty quick, but the automaker says the XKR-S is the “fastest Jaguar ever” — well, unless you happen to remember the XJ220, anyways…

Jaguar is keeping a number of the other XKR-S details under wraps until the car’s official unveiling next week, but does note the car will receive unique suspension modifications at both ends, and a recalibrated stability system, which potentially allows drivers to push the envelope a little further.

We wouldn’t be surprised if Jaguar again decides to limit production of the XKR-S (the previous iteration was restricted to 200 examples), but we do hope the company finds a way of porting the model to North America this time around.

We’ve Temporarily Removed Comments

As part of our ongoing efforts to make better, faster, and easier for you to use, we’ve temporarily removed comments as well as the ability to comment. We’re testing and reviewing options to possibly bring comments back. As always, thanks for reading

Buying Guide
Powered by Motortrend


16 City / 24 Hwy

Horse Power:

385 @ 6500


380 @ 3500