by Automotive Rhythms
Courtesy of: Automotive Rhythms www.automotiverhythms.com
The XKR-S GT is the ultimate track-ready and street legal version of the XK Coupe which was developed by the Jaguar ETO division, an in-house specialty vehicle group. It begins with the high-strength all-aluminum body structure featured on every Jaguar XK.
A limited production run will see just 30 cars built for North America, with 25 for the United States, and 5 for Canada. A range of bespoke carbon fiber components all work to maximize the aerodynamic down force. These include an extended front splitter, dive-planes and an elevated rear wing.
Astonishing performance is provided by a supercharged 5-liter V8 engine, producing 550-hp and 502 lb/ft or torque, driving through a six-speed automatic transmission and active electronically controlled rear differential. Combined with the aerodynamic and suspension changes, plus revisions to the traction control systemâ€™s calibration, the result is a 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds with an electronically limited top speed is 186 mph.
The XKR-S GT will be offered exclusively in Polaris White with black racing stripes, and will feature a Jaguar R-S GT script on its louvered hood. The warm charcoal colored interior features red accents, and includes 16-way electrically adjustable performance seats finished in soft-grain leather and suede cloth with the Jaguar and R-S GT scripts integrated into the backrests. â€œJetâ€ black suede cloth is used for the headliner and steering wheel. Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters are now finished in aluminum and are fitted as standard. MSRP is $174,000 with cars arriving in August 2013.