Jaguar XKR

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nathan Chad­wick

EN­GINE 3996cc/V8/DOHC POWER 370bhp@6150rpm (std) TORQUE 387lb ft@3600rpm (std) MAX­I­MUM SPEED 155mph (std) 0-60MPH 5.3sec (std) FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 20-23mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, five-speed au­to­matic MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 53,412 miles WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

This XKR‘s su­per­charger pul­ley up­grade means it puts out a claimed 500bhp. You re­ally wouldn’t guess that on start-up, as even with the roof down it’s fairly re­fined. But slip­ping the J-gate gear se­lec­tor into smart mode re­veals eye-widen­ing for­ward thrust with a TVR-style bark. There are no un­to­ward noises from the sus­pen­sion, brak­ing power is up to the task of rein­ing in all those ex­tra horses and there’s no slop or any dead zones in the steer­ing. The gear­box slurs eas­ily and qui­etly through its ra­tios.


This Jaguar’s in great con­di­tion for a 17-year-old car, with only a few mi­nor lac­quer marks, the odd stonechip here and there and some orange peel ef­fect to the sill paint. The front bumper was re­placed in 2008 and still looks good. The roof is in good con­di­tion, but could use a clean. The wheels are free from kerb­ing but there are a few scratches to the wheel cen­tres.


It’s good news on the in­te­rior front – there are only a few signs of light wear com­men­su­rate with the car’s age and mileage. The steer­ing wheel is a bit grubby and there are a few mi­nor cuts to the pas­sen­ger seat, but the wood pan­elling is in largely good con­di­tion. There’s a mark in the gear­lever top and a few scuffs to the me­tal sills, but that’s about it. All the di­als light up when they should upon start-up, and the air-con­di­tion­ing blows ice-cold. The orig­i­nal stereo still works as it should too.


The tightly packed en­gine bay looks in good con­di­tion, with no signs of cor­ro­sion ev­i­dent any­where. All the flu­ids are up to their max­i­mum marks and none made any es­cape at­tempts dur­ing our test drive. We couldn’t see any re­ceipts for the pul­ley up­grade in the pa­per­work file, but there’s a vast col­lec­tion of old MoTs and re­ceipts for a cam gas­ket kit in 2014, re­place­ment up­per and lower wish­bones plus rear dampers in 2007 – at a cost of £1135 – and the afore­men­tioned re­place­ment front bumper. The ser­vice book con­tains Jaguar main dealer stamps un­til 2004, then in­de­pen­dents take over un­til 2007. There’s a gap in the ser­vice his­tory un­til 2012 but it’s been treated to an­nual ser­vices since then.


We wouldn’t be put off by the miss­ing years in the ser­vice his­tory. Judged on ap­pear­ances and over­all qual­ity, this XKR is in good con­di­tion. The per­for­mance is as­tound­ing – it sounds like a Spit­fire at full chat, and is equally as blus­tery with the roof down – yet it feels very solid. There are a few mi­nor things to sort if you’re be­ing par­tic­u­larly picky, but there’s noth­ing to stop you from en­joy­ing it now and putting the fixes off un­til win­ter.

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