Jaguar XJR was unveiled at the New York Auto Show and its performance specs are definitely going to be drool-inducing for most Jaguar fans.
For starters, there is a 5.0-litre supercharged V-8 engine pushing out 550PS and 680Nm of torque. The engine means the beast can sprint 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and reach electronically controlled top speed of 174 mph.
And that’s only getting started with what the XJR has to offer. The XJ flagship is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a new front splitter and aerodynamic sill section, new 20-inch Farallon forged alloy wheels and exclusive interior materials, including semi-aniline leather, a choice of veneers and contrasting stitching on the seats.
The first R model in the latest generation of the XJ range, the XJR is being billed as a “a premium luxury supercar that also has an extremely purposeful look to it,” says Jaguar’s design director Ian Callum.
When operating in automatic mode, the transmission detects if the car is being driven by monitoring acceleration and braking, cornering forces, throttle and brake pedal activity, road load and kickdown request.
Jaguar’s Intelligent Stop/Start system is standard equipment. It automatically shuts down the engine when the car comes to a halt and the brake pedal is depressed. When the brake is released, the system will restart the engine in less time than it takes for the driver’s foot to move to the accelerator.
XJR customers can choose from 10 exterior colors and jet leather trim 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.
The XJR comes standard with a 380W, 12-speaker surround-sound system from British audio firm Meridian. An optional 825W, 18-speaker system with Meridian’s proprietary Trifield System is also available.
No word yet when the XJR will show up at dealership or how much it will cost.
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