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.
XKR-S GT has been built solely by the laws of physics. It was developed in the wind tunnel and on the racetrack with the goal of producing the highest levels of high-speed stability and downforce. Nothing has been built for the sake of styling it. It’s been an etude when it comes to cost-effectiveness and the product is a vehicle that’s powerful, controlled, and overwhelmingly agile, Ian Callum, Director of Design in Jaguar, said.
Jaguar XKR-S GT exhibits a carbon-fibre front splitter of race-car wrap-around type; expanding forward by around 60mm, it starts the maximum efficiency of airflow around, over, and below the car. Aggressive carbon-fibre twin dive-planes and wheelarch extensions advances the effectiveness of airflow around the vehicle, while the addition of an optimised aluminium front valance allows smooth airflow beneath the vehicles as well as increasing engine and brake cooling performance.
A rear carbon-fibre diffuser guarantees the smooth exit of air from below the vehicle, while the elevated carbon fibre rear wing works in cooperation with the decklid mounted spoiler to provide optimal rear downforce. At its electronically limited top speed of 186 mph, the all-new XKR-S GT generates 145 kg (320 lb) of downforce. Bonnet louvres perform as a further engine cooling aid while assisting aerodynamic performance by optimizing the airflow through the front end of the vehicle.
The detailed suspension charges also assist with the extensive aerodynamic revisions.