The Most Track Focused Ever – Jaguar XKR-S GT
Jaguar has unveiled one of its most track focused road cars ever with the Jaguar XKR-S GT. It’s also set to be the rarest in the R series of Jaguars with an initial production run of only 30 left hand drive cars that are undoubtedly being rapidly spoken for. Developed by the ETO, Jaguar’s special edition division, the XKR-S GT is based on the Jaguar XKR-S coupe with a raft of new aerodynamic, weight saving and suspension components.
Top of the list is the new carbon-fibre front splitter, dive planes, extended wheelarch spats, an elevated rear wing, rear diffuser and an aluminium valance that optimise air flow under the car and cooling for the engine and brakes. Together this aso provides the XKR-S GT with 145 kg of maximum downforce. Suspension is taken care of by new height adjustable bespoke adaptive dampers with increased spring rates of 68% at the front and 25% at the rear. A wider front track with increased camber, revised bushings and revised steering system with a faster rack has also been incorporated first seen in the Jaguar F-Type.
Jaguar’s first carbon ceramic braking package with uprated 398 mm discs at the front with six piston calipers and 380 mm discs at the rear with four pot calipers help the sport Jag stop, along with new, wider 20-inch forged and lightweight alloy wheels shod with Pirelli Corsa 255/35 front and 305/30 rear tyres. The carbon ceramic brakes are said to reduce unsprung weight by a substantial 21 kg to further enhance handling.
The engine is unchanged from the XKR-S, with the 404kW/680Nm 5.0-litre supercharged V8 being used through a six speed transmission with active electronic differential. This lets the Jaguar XKR-S GT hit 100 km/h (~60 mph) in 4.1 seconds. Top speed however is limited to 300 km/h (186 mph). An active exhaust system helps keep the XKR-S GT relatively quiet around town, but with that signature growl when required.
Priced at around $174,000 in the US… pocket change really…