In building this car, Jaguar made it very clear exactly what they wanted to do and that is very simple; to create (in their own words) “The fastest and most powerful production sports car Jaguar has ever built”. Jaguar promised a lot with this build, ‘adrenaline pumping performance’, ‘exceptional handling’ and ‘superior driving dynamics’. They certainly won’t be holding back on the marketing speail, but in reality, does the new Jaguar XKR-S make the cut?
Looking at the car it is easy to see this Jaguar is primarily focused on speed. The lightweight aluminium frame means that not only does this make this car extremely zippy, it also makes it more economical on fuel. Combined with razor sharp handing for precision steering and acute responses, with improved balance, all the tweaks have been made with a focus on fast. The engine itself is a supercharged 5.0 litre V8, the most powerful engine in any mass produced Jaguar. The top speed of the Jaguar XKR-S is a whopping 186mph and it can reach 0 – 60 in just 4.2 seconds. The sports exhaust not only powers these lightened speeds but creates that satisfying growl that all executive car owners want to hear. All together, changes to the rear body of the car are said to produce a 26% reduction in lift, meaning that the Jaguar XKR-S will stay grounded and smooth even at hurtling speeds. With all of that extra supercharge, Jaguar had to too incorporate an improved breaking system. It would have been irresponsible not to! The 20 inch alloy wheels and increased tyre thickness with double piston front callipers and sliding rear callipers result in improved grip and precision.
Despite this, the Jaguar XKR S is ultimately designed for the everyday driver, so overall driving performance was also on the agenda. Handy technologies like a reverse parking camera, which sends pictures from the read of the car to the 7inch touch screen in the dash, along with the active Jaguar Drive Control System which can be changed and adapted according to weather conditions and road surfaces means that this car has been optimised for maximum driving ease and comfort. All new cars are kitted out with the ultimate driving gadgets and this Jaguar is no exception, including a portable audio interface which gives full control of MP3 players, phones and Ipods and any other storage system which can easily be connected and used to play your music through the Bowers and Wilkins 525W sound system. Did you ever think that a car needed surround sound? Well if not, then this Jaguar is probabaly not the one for you, as it features a state of the art Dolby surround sound system to ensure that every passenger benefits from optimum sound quality throughout the car. This would be needed though, as there would be a lot to compete with from the sound of that beastly exhaust.
Not only this, but the driver can easily change and control gears from a one touch panel system on the steering wheel. You would be forgiven for thinking that this car is merely a technology toy than a comfortable and practical vehicle choice, however you would be wrong. The ‘active damping’ system is acutely designed to constantly monitor the cars movement. So if you are cruising sensibly on the school run, the Jag will soften the suspension to maximise on comfort. On the other hand, however, if you are hurtling down the German autobahns at breakneck speed, the system will automatically increase suspension firmness and grip.
The Jaguar XKR-S is an excellent example of modern motoring innovation and results in the perfect combination between an ideal executive car and the wannabe racing drivers dream.