Jaguar-rated

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - JOSHUA DOWL­ING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING ED­I­TOR joshua.dowl­ing@news.com.au

JAGUAR has given its flag­ship limou­sine the R-rated treat­ment of more power, bet­ter per­for­mance and a sleeker ap­pear­ance. The Jaguar XJR re­turns to the range less than two years af­ter the new­gen­er­a­tion sedan went on sale.

The XJR was un­veiled on the eve of the New York mo­tor show this week. It’s pow­ered by a 404kW /680Nm su­per­charged 5.0-litre V8 said to com­plete the 0-100kmh dash in 4.6secs, putting it in the same com­pany as Porsche Panam­era and Mercedes AMG models.

Sub­tle changes to the front bumper, side moulds and rear boot spoiler are the only clues to the power up­grade. Other dis­tin­guish­ing features are char­coal-coloured forged al­loy wheels and dis­creet R badg­ing on its flanks.

‘‘ The XJR of­fers greater steer­ing pre­ci­sion, higher lev­els of con­trol and en­hanced high speed sta­bil­ity, with the trade­off in re­fine­ment be­ing very small. The (changes) give this car truly ef­fort­less, seam­less per­for­mance,’’ says Jaguar chief en­gi­neer Mike Cross. This re­porter is on Twit­ter: @JoshuaDowl­ing

at a glance

Jaguar XJR PRICE $350,000 (est)

EN­GINE 5.0-litre su­per­chargedV8 POWER 404kWand680Nm TRANS 8-speed au­to­matic ECON­OMY 11.6L/100km 0-100KM/H 4.6 sec­onds TOP­SPEED 280km/h

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