Jaguar to launch its XKR-S at Geneva show
Dubai, February 23, 2011
Jaguar will launch its most potent series production car ever, the all-new XKR-S, at the Geneva motorshow on March 1.
With an uprated supercharged V8 engine, overhauled suspension and a new aerodynamically-driven design, the XKR-S is the ultimate expression of Jaguar’s long held duality of purpose: GT luxury with incredible performance, a statement said.
“The XKR-S is a bold and exciting new model for Jaguar,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s new global brand director.
The XKR-S produces 550PS and 680Nm of torque, enough power to offer a top speed of 186mph (300km/h). It takes 4.4 seconds for 0-100 kph.
The XKR-S is not merely the quickest Jaguar ever, but also the most agile, responsive and driver-focused. It exploits the XK’s strong, lightweight aluminium body architecture to maximise both handling and economy. Alongside its incredible performance, the XKR-S is the only car in its class that emits less than 300g/km CO2, it said.
Bespoke suspension changes to the front and rear offer ultimate precision, control and driver appeal, while a reprogrammed Adaptive Dynamics system allows the enthusiastic driver to explore the edges of the handling envelope.
Alongside with the new XKR-S launch, Jaguar will be marking the 50th anniversary of the E-Type with the first in a series of celebrations that take place during 2011.
Jaguar will be hosting E-Type drives at the Parc des Eaux Vives in Geneva, where the original car was launched by the marque’s founder Sir William Lyons half a century ago.
The appeal of E-Type transcended the automotive world. Such is the inherent rightness of its proportions, stance and purity of line, that it is a permanent exhibit in New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
“It is impossible to overstate the impact the E-Type had,” added Ian Callum, Jaguar design director.-TradeArabia News Service