Jaguar celebrates E-Type with its fastest production car
AS Jaguar marks 50 years since its E-Type shook the world at the Geneva Motor Show, it returns to the Swiss salon next week with its fastest production car.
The XKR-S coupé has a top speed of 186 miles an hour. The 0-60mph time is 4.2 seconds and the 0-100mph time is 8.6 seconds.
This performance places it with the world’s quickest cars, thanks to the supercharged engine’s power lift to 542bhp and 501 lb ft of torque.
The aluminium super-GT is the only car in this league which gets under the 300g/km CO2 tariff. Why so fast? Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s new Global Brand Director, responds: “We expect to attract both loyal and new Jaguar driving enthusiasts who still want the comfort, opulence and class only a Jaguar can offer, combined with inspirational performance.”
A Jaguar Press briefing adds: “The XKR-S is not merely the quickest Jaguar ever, but also the most agile, responsive and driver-focused.
Bespoke suspension changes to the front and rear offer ultimate precision, control and driver appeal, while a reprogrammed Adaptive Dynamics system allows the enthusiastic driver to explore the edges of the handling envelope.”
As part of its E-Type golden jubilee year, Jaguar is holding “drives” at the show.
“It is impossible to overstate the impact the E-Type had,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar Design Director. “Here was a car that encapsulated the spirit of the revolutionary era it came to symbolise.”
Another motoring icon, the latest Golf convertible, has its debut at the show. It is the first cabrio on the current Golf platform, making it bigger, better, safer, stronger.
British deliveries begin in September, with orders from July. Prices are not yet available.
A choice of six engines will be available: three from launch (a 1.2-litre TSI 105 ps, 1.4-litre TSI 160 ps and a 1.6-litre 105 ps TDI) and a further three later in the year (a 1.4-litre TSI 122 ps, 2.0-litre TSI 210 ps and a 2.0-litre TDI with 140 ps).
BlueMotion Technology modifications will be applied to the diesel engines to ensure high efficiency and low emissions.
TOP CAT: Jaguar’s XKR-S coupé.
LIFTING THE LID: The latest VW Golf convertible.