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Vehicle Profile: Jaguar XKR Performance
Near-supercar performance in a true luxury coupe and convertible.

It’s a golden age for Jaguar performance. Case in point: the Jaguar XKR. You’re treated to interior quality and exterior design that only Jaguar can offer, combined with a supercharged, 510-hp V8 that can peel off zero-to-60 mph acceleration times of 4.6 seconds. It’s performance that was once reserved for million-dollar supercars, in a package that turns your everyday commute into an adventure.
The heart of the Jaguar XKR is its engine. The 5.0-liter AJ-V8 engine in the XKR is currently in its third generation, offering tremendous power along with significant efficiency gains. Technological advances such as spray-guided direct injection (SGDI) and dual independent variable cam timing (DIVCT) allow this massively powerful engine to deliver EPA fuel economy estimates of 22 mpg highway. Like the rest of the Jaguar XKR, the 5.0-liter engine is constructed from high-grade, lightweight aluminum – the cylinder heads are constructed of recycled aluminum – reducing the overall environmental impact of the XKR.
In the XKR, the 5.0-liter AJ-V8 benefits from twin air intakes, variable inlet camshaft phasing and a sixth-generation Eaton supercharger, providing drivers with outstanding power throughout the rpm range. The engine’s instant throttle response and powerful mid-range acceleration make the XKR a formidable contender, on both the track and the highway on-ramp.
Like the balance of the XK product line, the XKR transmits power through a six-speed ZF® automatic gearbox. The transmission can be controlled through either the JaguarDrive Selector, which rises from the console when the XKR powers up, or with steering wheel-mounted paddles, which access the Jaguar Sequential Shift function. Sequential Shift provides lightning-quick gear shifts, responding immediately to the driver’s inputs.
The performance of the XKR is also enhanced thanks to the Adaptive Dynamics technology. Adaptive Dynamics provides drivers with a continuous, seamlessly variable damping strategy, analyzing speed, steering input and vehicle body movements 500 times per second and adjusting electronic dampers to achieve the perfect balance of outstanding comfort and precise handling. Adaptive Dynamics works in partnership with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, which is designed to override throttle input the moment the system detects wheel slippage in default mode. The system also has a “TracDSC” setting that allows some slippage and wheel spin, providing drivers a much more visceral experience.
XKR models also benefit from the enhanced traction provided by the standard Active Differential, which automatically balances power between the wheels, aiding the cornering ability of the XKR. On gravel or other loose surfaces, the Active Differential detects wheel spin and varies the power distributed to each wheel to aid stability.
Stopping performance is no less important. The XKR features an advanced braking system tested at the Nürburgring Nordschleife track in Germany.

Along with a four-channel antilock braking system (ABS), the XKR features Emergency Brake Assist, which automatically activates the ABS upon a sharp application of the brakes. Stopping distances can be significantly reduced. The XKR features the Jaguar High Performance Braking System, with 15” front rotors, for even more sensitivity and control.
For those interested in the ultimate in XKR performance, Jaguar offers the Dynamic Pack, which enhances the car’s cornering abilities with the very same suspension revisions found in the XKR-S. The double wishbone front suspension features a new, fully-machined steering knuckle which dramatically increases camber and caster stiffness, transforming the accuracy and weight of the steering. The rear suspension geometry features rear-wheel steer optimized for maximum agility. A 28 percent increase in spring rate at all four corners provides amazing cornering ability.

On Dynamic Pack-equipped XKR models, the Active Differential provides reduced steering sensitivity at very high speeds. Unique software for the Adaptive Damping system provides total body control, and optimal traction and tire adhesion. TracDSC mode is also modified, allowing skilled drivers the ability to explore the outer limits of the performance envelope.
In total, the Jaguar XKR is a performance driver’s dream, with all the luxury and attention to detail afforded by the Jaguar marque. Visit with us today to learn how the XKR can bring supercar performance to your daily drive.


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