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Jaguar XKR: British Racing Machine

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Jaguar XKR: British Racing Machine
Jaguar XKR: British Racing Machine

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The British are generally not a people of racers and shovels. But with the Jaguar XKR you have to be firm in character in order not to fall into the rush of speed.

By Stefan Grundhoff

"Around half of our XK customers have so far opted for an XKR", says Jaguar Germany Managing Director Jeffrey L. Scott. If it were up to him, it should stay that way. Anyone who has ever driven the new XKR can hardly be enthusiastic about the tame suction version. Not that the almost 300 PS strong XK doesn't take it on in a powerful and dynamic way. But with its 306 kW / 416 PS, the XKR not only offers that certain something more; he seems to be the prime cast for the comparatively light aluminum coupe.

Visually hardly any difference to the XK

Anyone who takes it down on it quickly feels that the British racer has it all behind its ears. When it comes to outfits, however, the designers found it difficult to hold back. Apart from the ventilation slots on the bonnet, a barred grille and a few nice details on the edge, the XKR can hardly be distinguished from the XK. That goes for inside as well as outside and is probably a little bit of a good thing.

Sure, the illustrious XKR customers are rarely rioters who have to show off their performance at first sight. But anyone who moves a 416 hp power man with the elegance of this timelessly beautiful Brit coupe does not want to put his light under a bushel. It's hard to believe, but Jaguar fans have been complaining about the compressor technology for years at best. Because as full as the eight-cylinder vacuum cleaners from the British company sound, their sound comes across as polarizing in the performance-enhanced compressor versions.

Acoustically nothing to be desired

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Compared to its slightly whimpering predecessor, the sound of the new compressor is no longer recognizable. This is primarily due to the already sonorous, rumbling basic lighting of the standard unit, which acoustically leaves little to be desired. Already in the lower and middle speed range a wild sound thunders from the four-pipe XKR exhaust system; nothing of this can be heard in the interior. Here the cat from the island looks almost too tame. Wind and rolling noise set the tone.

If his lordship steps more powerfully on the pedals, the staccato of the compressor comes into play. As before, a sound that should not excite all vacuum fans without limits, but just a whole lot more coherent and brawny than before. The forced ventilation ensures that the XKR has significantly more pepper under the shamelessly beautiful bonnet. Objectively it is 416 instead of the previous 395 hp, subjectively it could easily be 70 horses more. The reason for this is the significantly better power-to-weight ratio and the higher torque.

Theoretical top speed at 319 km / h

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The latest-generation supercharged V8 was able to increase by 34 and 36 percent in both disciplines. The maximum torque of 560 Nm is available at 4000 tours and pushes the transfer performance of the rear axle to its limits. Going 0 to 100 km / h in 5.2 seconds is more impressive than reading it. On average, the rear-wheel drive car should consume just 12.3 liters of Super per 100 kilometers.

Why Jaguar is sticking to the 250 restriction on the XKR sports version is not understandable. The 298 hp Sauber is already sealed off here. "In purely mathematical terms, the XKR Coupe would have a top speed of 319 km / h," explains Jeffrey L. Scott. So the small group of Jaguar tuners should face new work. Because a large part of the clientele wants to convince themselves personally that Tempo 280 is far from the end of the flagpole for an XKR Coupe. But regulation is now a hot topic at Jaguar too. At the beginning of next year, the components are to be tested for their endurance up to 300 km / h. The 250 limit could fall as early as the summer of 2007.

Loving chassis

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If the engine is completely convincing apart from the somewhat annoying compressor sound, the Jaguar engineers have paid great attention to detail, especially with the chassis. The optional 20-inch rollers ensure that the performance doesn't just burn senselessly in the asphalt. The coordination of fast and slow driving comfort is actually what is impressive.

The steering is so precise that you almost think you're sitting in a BMW 6 Series or Porsche 911. Once you have chosen the right angle and the 1.6-ton Jaguar XKR pulls its course like a string - provided that the traction does not spoil your plans; but that too is splendid. The electronic CATS landing gear is much tighter than that of the XK. An additional strut between the damper domes also ensures stability in the rear. Passengers in the interior are only disturbed by thick transverse joints.

Fast shift changes

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Some potential customers have certainly expected more from the undoubtedly noble interior. Here, too, the difference to the normal XK is all too subtle. The light switch on the steering column stalk and some loveless plastic panels could apparently not be avoided even with the top model. The leather chairs are more contoured, the aluminum pedals have nice accessories and the green-red "R logo" shines on the automatic knob. That was it.

The automatic from ZF also received a sporty fine-tuning. The six gears crack into the next gear stage as usual under full load - a change takes just 600 milliseconds in total. With the XKR, the shift paddles on the steering wheel also make sense, as they wither when cruising. Also equipped with a little more bite is the brake system of the XKR, which is capable of impressive decelerations. The base price for the fully equipped Jaguar XKR is 94,990 euros. The equally popular Cabriolet is 8,000 euros more expensive.

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