2011 Jaguar XKR First Impressions Review

Thursday February 3rd, 2011 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By contributing editor David Colman


  • Drop dead beautiful
  • 510 horsepower raring to go
  • Keeps driver involvement on full boil


  • Hair trigger in the rain
  • Questionable reliability
  • Five grand extra for 20 inch wheels

The “R” version of the XK is the first fully worthy successor to the legendary XKE that Jaguar has produced in the 40 years that have elapsed since the demise of the original model. After the XKE earned worldwide acclaim it became known as the E-Type. The XKR is already good enough to be designated R-Type. The same design and performance elements that elevated the XKE to icon status are all present in the 2011 R-Type: unsurpassed visual beauty allied with stellar speed potential.

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2008 Jaguar XKR Review – Jaguar reaches Purrfection!

Friday June 27th, 2008 at 6:66 AM
Posted by: twain

By Twain Mein


  • Pleasing balance of performance and luxury
  • Stunning styling
  • Incredible power
  • Beautiful interior
  • 6-figure exclusivity club


  • Useless back seats
  • Minor complaints including hard to read GPS and poor radio reception
  • No sunroof
  • $90,000 is too much for mere mortals

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2008 Jaguar XKR Video Review

Tuesday June 24th, 2008 at 3:66 PM
Posted by: Derek

The Jaguar XKR is a grand tourer produced by British car maker Jaguar since 1996. The car was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5th 1996 and is available as a coupé and convertible. Currently in its second generation (Mark II) , the XK8 was the first 8 cylinder vehicle produced by Jaguar, when the Jaguar AJ-V8 engine was introduced.

Shouldered and powerful as always, but sleeker now with aluminum bodyshell drawn taut across the chassis, the second generation Jaguar XKR coupe is purposefully trimmed and tuned for heart-pounding performance.

Under the hood is Jaguar´s latest 4.2-liter, 32-valve, 4-cam aluminum AJ-V8 engine, with cam phasing to stoke response at all speeds. In the XKR, an Eaton supercharger is used to increase horsepower to 420 and propel the Coupe from 0-60 in 4.9 seconds. Controlling all this power is a 6-speed ZF automatic transmission with Jaguar Sequential Shift steering wheel mounted paddle shifting. Very cool.

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