Jaguar is planning to sell 10 examples of its XKR-S GT sports car in the United Kingdom. The carmaker has received intense interest for the extreme performance sports car since it was launched at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Sales were limited to only 30 examples in the United States and Canada.
The Jaguar XKR-S GT carries a tag of £135,000 on-the-road, with first deliveries to UK buyers due to commence on October 2013. Since its unveiling in New York, a prototype of the Jaguar XKR-S GT has been undergoing rigorous test programs on road and track in the UK and Germany.
Backed by a team from Jaguar’s Engineered To Order (ETO) division, the XKR-S GT recently manage to complete a lap at the world-renowned Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in just 7 minutes and 40 seconds, making it the fastest ever road-legal Jaguar at the Nordschleife track. The Jaguar XKR-S GT recently had its public dynamic debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Piloted by six-time Olympic Champion Sir Chris Hoy, the XKR-S GT cruised alongside the Project 7 design study, XFR-S super saloon and XJR flagship Jaguar model. The Jaguar XKR-S GT is powered by supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine that provides up to 550PS of output and 680Nm of torque, allowing it accelerate from zro to 60mph in 3.9 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 186mph.
The V8 is – paired with a six-speed transmission and active electronic differential. The XKR-S GT features bespoke aerodynamic parts as well as suspension developments to improve downforce and optimise its high-speed cornering ability. The sports car also features aerodynamic aids like a carbon-fibre front splitter and dive planes, as well as extended wheelarch spats, an elevated rear wing, rear diffuser and an aluminium valance – allowing the vehicle to achieve maximum downforce of 145kg.