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