Jaguar’s XKR-S Convertible was unveiled at a Rodeo Drive event last Tuesday. Design chief Ian Callum claims that it is the “fastest convertible in the world,” with its ability to reach a top speed of 190 mph and a 0-60mph acceleration time of four seconds. This car is powered by a 550hp V-8 engine that enables it to finish a lap at less than eight minutes. Only 25 units of the XKR-S Convertible, which is priced at around $138,875, will be exported to U.S. dealerships.
A convertible joins the ranks of the XKR-S, the pinnacle of the Jaguar sporting range. The convertible offers a similar performance while giving the driver and passenger an enhanced connection with their surroundings.
XKR-S Convertible has all the features that are typical of Jaguar GTs throughout history. It offers amazing performance and handling, relaxed comfort as well as discreet luxury.
The new XKR-S model lineup lies at the top of the XK range, which includes XK, XKR and XKR-S derivatives in coupe and convertible forms. The XKR-S Convertible offers the same performance, dynamics, design and interior upgrades as the coupe, creating Jaguar's fastest ever open-topped GT. According to Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Global Brand Director, the new XKR-S Convertible stands for “the pinnacle of performance and glamour in motoring.”
Jaguar has been known to be one of the first to use aluminium in a number of cars they had produced. This type of component is made of lightweight, high tensile strength quality. The same material is used on Jaguar XKR-S, bringing an impressive torsional rigidity of 16,500 and 1,795kg kerb weight. This figure gives engineers a solid ground in developing Jaguar’s most compelling convertible model.
As it turned out, the exterior design applied on Jaguar XKR S Coupé was based on the XK convertible appearance. In spite of these changes, the refinement, agility and performance were never compromised.
The new improved front and rear suspensions on the XKR-S now features the double wishbones with the latest aluminium steering knuckle. This enhances the camber stiffness by 23% for higher level of response and more efficient steering. The Active Differential meanwhile was adjusted to decrease steering sensitivity on hi-speed driving. Thus, there is a significant improvement on the control and stability on this new convertible model.
The rear wheel’s steering was made more agile than ever while the spring rates on both rear and front were boosted by 28%. Other than that, the Jaguar XKR-S’ bespoke ADS optimises grip, traction and body control.
This convertible comes with Pirelli P-Zero tyres both for the front (255/35 ZR20) and rear. Almost 5% of the mass has been decreased due to the use of forged alloy wheels. The lightweight alloys fit on the XKR-S’ wider tyres at the rear (295/30 ZR20).
The DSC system was also modified for better driving experience. They come up with newly enhanced mid-corner adjustability with the decreased levels of intervention along the ADS settings, stability, specific traction as well as with the Trac Dynamic Stability Control mode.
Lastly, the High Performance Braking System features the 376mm (rear) and 380mm (front) disk brakes. These are much better than the XK since the aluminium brake calipers and pad area are bigger by 44% and 31% respectively. As a whole, we can truly expect a new level of performance, stability and power with the new Jaguar XKR-S coupé.