Geneva 2011: Jaguar XKR-S — More Speed for the Big GT

Jaguar wants to be back on top of the premium car segment. In order to do that, it needs to make a statement about performance, exclusivity and its ability to play with other world-class car companies. Its newest performance GT might be just the ticket.

Fifty years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar launched the iconic E-Type, which changed the sports car world forever. For 2011, it not only brought out the original E-type show car from 1961, but a new car that will be the fastest production Jaguar ever produced, the XKR-S.

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.

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 mph in a blistering 4.2 seconds, run from 0-100 mph in 8.6 seconds, and hit a top speed of 186 mph.

While this may be the fastest Jaguar in production, it is still very much a GT car assures Jaguar’s global brand director, Adrian Hallmark. While performance was a major focus of the car, comfort and long distance cruising was still very much a priority, as it is with all of Jaguar’s products.

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