Jaguar may soon release a handful of special-edition XKR-S coupes that would surely be highly coveted. Jaguar is set to produce 100 of its non-special-edition super coupes each year for the next three years. According to Frank Klaas, Jaguar’s global head of communications, the XKR-S is an “ambassador of the brand.”
He said that the proposed special-edition model is targeted at the guy who seeks to “drive to the track, lap or race to his heart’s content, and drive home.” The car could get rid of its rear seats and be equipped with lighter stereo as well as HVAC units for the touch-screen-based systems, hard-core racing seats, a fire-suppression system, unique gauges, and track-focused aero addenda.
It’s possible that a roll cage is part of the package but it depends on the market where the car is being offered. Just like the standard XKR-S, this variant (which may be named after the Nürburgring) would be built by Jaguar’s in-house Engineered To Order (ETO) group. The Nürburgring is where production-grade XKR-S models have supposedly achieved sub-eight-minute lap times.
Klaas asserts that the ETO team, which is silently fulfilling requests for bespoke cars for high-value customers, will have a more major role in the future for Jaguar marketing. It’s not certain if the special-edition coupes would be added to the annual 100-car XKR-S allotment.
However, Klaas said that a harder-core version of the convertible isn’t one of those being considered at this juncture. It’s likely that Jaguar will test interest by presenting a vehicle at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show or at this fall’s Paris Auto Show.