2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT leaps into New York Auto Show
Ultrarare performance breed heeds the call of enthusiasts.
Jaguar is revealing a top-shelf sports car at the New York auto show that promises to be nearly as rare as its feline namesake in North America.
The 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT breaks cover this week, tuned by the British company's in-house specialty division, ETO. It gets aerodynamic enhancements thanks to a carbon-fiber splitter and aluminum under tray, and it is the first production Jag to ever be fitted with a carbon-ceramic braking system.
Just 30 cars will come to North America — 25 for the United States and five for Canada. Prices start at $174,895, including shipping charges, when they arrive in August.
Power remains the same as the Jaguar XKR-S (550-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8), though this cat is bred with even more track intent. The GT variant can sprint to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds (vs. 4.2 seconds for the XKR-S) and reaches a top speed of 186 mph. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with aluminum steering wheel-mounted paddles.
The suspension and steering are also redone for a faster steering ratio and enhanced cornering. The suspension spring rates are increased 68 percent front and 25 percent rear.
Performance is helped by a rear carbon-fiber diffuser, rear wing, wheel arch extensions and dive planes. In total, the aero treatments help generate downforce of 320 lbs at the electronically limited top speed. The car rolls on wider 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli rubber. The car also gets a new hood with louvers to help cooling and an upgraded active exhaust setup.
If you are lucky enough to spot one of these quick cats, it will be distinctive. The XKR-S GT will only come in a hue called polaris white with black racing stripes.
Meanwhile, Jaguar also announced pricing Tuesday on the 2014 XJR. The flagship sedan starts at $116,895 and is $119,895 for the long wheelbase variant, including destination.
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I think I've got enough spare front pocket change to buy one of these beauties.
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Prices START at $174,895, that should eliminate a few prospective buyers.