As expected, Jaguar introduced the new 2014 XJR at the New York Auto Show, a sedan that combines supercar performance and assertive looks with the high levels of luxury. The XJR is the first R model in the latest generation of the XJ range and features chromed-rimmed intakes on the front bumper, front aero splitters, new side sills and a new rear lip spoiler that manages the airflow off the top rear surface.
The design is completed by the five-spoke Farallon forged alloy wheels that come as standard in either Sparkle silver or Technical grey finishes. The assertive appearance of the XJR is further enhanced with a Sport pack grille with chrome surround and black mesh.
2014 XJR will be available in 10 colours: Polaris White, Ebony, Ultimate Black, Stratus Grey, Lunar Grey, Rhodium Silver, Cashmere, Caviar, Carnelian Red and Black Amethyst. This colour palette is complemented inside the XJR with a unique combination of colourways.
Jet leather trim is available with a choice of either Ivory, London Tan or Red Zone inserts on the seat facings. The seats themselves are embossed with the 'R' logo and can be finished with a choice of stitching in either Red or London Tan. Jet suedecloth headlining comes as standard with an optional leather headlining in Jet to complement the XJR interior.
Moreover, the XJR is offered as standard with a 380W, 12-speaker surround-sound system from British audio experts Meridian. For those who want even more, an optional 825W, 18-speaker system features Meridian's proprietary Trifield System, which places every occupant at the centre of their own perfectly focused surround-sound arena.
Under the hood, there is a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine delivering 550 PS (same found on the new Jaguar XKR-S GT) and 680 Nm of torque. Bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the XJR sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited at 174 mph or 280 km/h.
Jaguar XJR features dynamic characteristics that took cues from the engineering development of Jaguar XFR-S. This resulted to the XJR being one responsive, incredibly agile, and luxurious super saloon.
According to Mike Cross, Chief Engineer for Vehicle Integrity at Jaguar, the XJR delivers greater steering precision, enhanced high-speed stability, and higher levels of control, with very minimal trade-off in terms of refinement. Moreover, the increase in both power and torque enables a seamless and truly effortless performance.
The suspension systems for both front and rear were carefully tuned at the carmaker’s testing center in Nürburgring, at England’s high-speed Rockingham circuit, in North Wales, and at the roads around Gaydon Research & Development Center.
To achieve maximum benefit from its suspension, the Jaguar XJR sports new lightweight, forged 20” 'Farallon' alloy wheels. Its tyres were developed together with Pirelli and are sized 265/35 front and 295/30 rear, selected to give optimal cornering grip, stability, and traction over a broad range of performance and speed parameters. The tyre width and the wheel rim’s difference pre-loads the sidewall so as to improve steering response and handling without adversely affecting refinement. Moreover, the steering system has benefited from the valving’s fitment. This valving was developed for the F-Type.
Additionally, the wheels and tyres, which work hand in hand with the suspension, are electronic programs that control the Adaptive Dynamics, Dynamic Stability Control, and active electronic differential systems.
The Adaptive Dynamics system controls vertical body movement, as well as the roll and pitch rates by using variable dampers. This system monitors road conditions and driver inputs, adjusting the damper rates up to 500 times per second to optimize agility and stability. Meanwhile, selecting the Dynamic Mode gets you enhanced body control by moving damping rates to the available range’s firmer end.