First Drive: 2012 Jaguar XKR-S

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

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

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I just drove it at Pebble Beach and will confirm it is an awesome car. Not your granny's Jaguar. This is a Jag for the under 40-50 set!Seeing it live makes all the difference. I would have never considered it before then. Great interior and exterior. As enjoyable as my Porsche Turbo - maybe more. I was shocked.
This article states that the XKR-S is Jaguar's fastest production car ever. However, there was a faster production car in Jaguar's history - the XJ220. Compare the stats...XKR-S550 hp V80-60 in 4.2 secondsTop Speed - 186 mphXJ220542 hp V60-60 in 3.8 seconds (I've read anywhere from 3.5 to 4.0 seconds, and some claims of 3.8 seconds)Top Speed - 212 mph (220 mph originally claimed)Neither in 0-60 mph time nor top speed was the XKR-S the fastest production Jaguar in the brand's history! The XJ220, though it was an exotic supercar, was still a production car. Jaguar produced around somewhere around 278 to 281 of these cars...but it was still a production car.
I think the car looks great, but it should be about 4/5ths its current size. HATE that color! I'd love to see a comparo with this, and a Maserati GT stradele..whatever they call the sportiest version
Great car, but overdone styling; especially the front end. To me, Jags should be subtle and refined. You know, speak softly but carry a big stck.
It looks like a Hyunday Tiburon
Mmm.. there is something familiar about the Jag's nose! BMW from the headlightsup... a redesigned Ford Taurus'07 grill and below thegrill into the fenders.. 2011Ford Edge. Quite combination. NOT!
LOVE the color! Can't wait til Jaguar finally realizes how bad their headlights look though.I wonder if anyone else feels that way?Having driven the new XK, I have to say that behind the wheel, any ambivalence about styling, or anything for that matter, dissolves into a giant, non-stop grin. The XKs are just stupendous performers in every way. It is almost unbelievable what they have managed to accomplish with the transition from the previous model. It is a very nearly perfect car. Great ride, flawless handling and acceleration, and oh- the sounds!!
I just don't care how fast it goes because it looks like a 3 year old Mitsubishi coupe with a cheap body kit. Absolutely dreadful!

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