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Last week we reported on the first official image of the Jaguar XJR super limo, and now the cat is out of the bag at the New York International Auto Show. Along for the ride came Jaguar’s second big reveal, the XKR-S GT. Now that’s a mouthful. Whatever happened to classy model names, Jaguar?

The more exciting of the two, the Jaguar XKR-S GT is the ultimate road-going, track-ready XK coupe that’s developed by Jaguar’s ETO (Engineered to Order) division and limited to just 30 units – all intended for North America. It’s the rarest model in the 25-year history of Jaguar R performance cars.

Building upon the hardcore XKR-S (which is now available in Malaysia), the new GT features bespoke extended front splitter, dive-planes and elevated rear wing, all designed to create downforce. Under the skin, technical learning and development of the F-Type has been applied to the XKR-S GT’s suspension and steering systems, optimising both immediacy of response and agility.

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The front tracks have been widened by 52 mm, while the springs and dampers are substantially stiffer than before. Forged 20-inch alloy wheels are unique to the XKR-S GT, while the lightweight carbon ceramic braking system is a standard fitment – a Jaguar first.

JLR’s supercharged 5.0 litre V8 is left unfettled, still making the same 550 hp and 680 Nm as in the XKR-S. But the aerodynamic and suspension changes, plus revisions to the traction control system’s calibration has resulted in a 0-96 km/h (0-60 mph) time of 3.9 seconds, a 0.3 sec improvement over the standard car. Top speed stays at 300 km/h (electronically limited).

Less extreme but just as significant is the new XJR. The flagship limo brings supercar performance to the luxurious XJ range, utilising the same 550 hp/680 Nm engine in the XKR-S GT but paired to a newer eight-speed automatic transmission instead of the coupe’s older six-speeder. 0-96 km/h takes just 4.4 seconds, and top speed is limited to 280 km/h. Not bad for a house on wheels.

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After the rather crass-looking XFR-S and uber-XKs, thankfully design director Ian Callum has taken a more subtle approach to make up the XJR’s visual addendums. The front splitter, special ‘R’ bonnet louvres, side sills, bootlid-mounted lip spoiler and quad tailpipes add to the car’s stealthy yet purposeful demeanour.

20-inch forged wheels and sporty black mesh grille complete the look outside, while the interior gets splashes of fancy carbonfibre panels, contrasting leather stitching, suede headlining and plenty of ‘R’ logos in case you forget of its performance intent.

More F-Type-derived tech has made its way into Jaguar’s dynamic flagship model, including a new steering system. Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics with ‘Trac DSC’ mode of the Dynamic Stability Control offers enthusiastic drivers the opportunity to explore the car’s dynamic potential. Hot cats, anyone?


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