Jaguar cel­e­brates E-Type with its fastest pro­duc­tion car

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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