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 system’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. “Jet” 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.