We’ve got some more juicy details and
pictures of the new Jaguar
XJR that we showed you last week straight from the New York Auto Show!
So, we can now tell you that the big cat
hits 60mph in just 4.4 seconds, courtesy of its furious 542hp 501lb ft 5.0liter
Supercharged V8 and quick shifting ZF eight speed automatic gearbox. That
engine, which is borrowed from the mental XKR-S, is clever too, and features lots
of cool sounding stuff like a twin vortex supercharger – you want this – and
spray guided direct injection. The top speed of this wild cat is electronically
limited to 174mph.
Underneath, the chassis has been fettled
with, and given continuously variable dampers which can change the damping
rates up to 500 times a second, so while cruising about town the ride should be
soft and pillowy, but escape from suburbia and go for a bit of a rumble in the jungle
and the suspension stiffens up to provide greater body control and dynamic
The steering hydraulics have been
recalibrated and now share the valving that was initially developed for the
F-Type in order to give more feel and quicker response – sounds good. Brakes
have been upgraded to enormous discs that quite frankly, are bigger than Sebastian
Vettels ego – 380mm up front and 376mm out back. The active electronic rear
differential has been “calibrated in order to exploit the high levels of grip offered by the
wide rear tyres” – right Jaguar, ‘grip’, we all know this thing is going to be
a monumental tyre slaying hooligan.
The XJR, of course gets some subtle styling revisions that give
it that more aggressive look. You get special bonnet louvers which aid cooling
and aerodynamics, a subtle rear lip spoiler, more aggressive front and rear
bumpers – the latter now housing a set of snarling quad exhausts -, plus
lightweight forged alloy wheels which can be finished in either silver or the
more sinister looking grey. Similarly, with the Sport pack grille, you get
black finish grille mesh with a chrome surround to give an angrier look. All of
these small tweaks make the XJR look seriously cool, discrete but cool.
Inside, the TFT screen instrument displays shine bright red when
the car is in its angriest setting, the more supportive seats are imprinted
with the ‘R’ logo and everything else is pretty much standard, wonderfully
finished, luxurious and lovely XJ fare. The XJR comes standard with a bangin’
stereo for your tunes – 380W, 12 speaker Meridien system. Or if you really want
to make a racket, you can option an 825W, 18 speaker Meridian system. But why
would you want that when you could just have that glorious 5.0liter
supercharged V8 blaring instead?
What do we think Carhooters? Let us know by tweeting us
@carhootsUK. We’ll take ours in white with grey wheels and a black mesh Sport
pack grille, if anyone’s asking.
By Aiden Taylor ( @AidenT_RD )