British Jaguar XKR-S understatement stored completely. Porsche and Mercedes have already presented in first vehicle tests their current convertibles, Jaguar sets for now. The fastest convertible in the brand presents itself as real big cat, but also quite tame, on request.
There are not many regions in Europe, where notice is not the luxury Jaguar XKR-S Cabriolet. This includes the coast between Monaco and St. Tropez. Who is there to grab the attention of friends and other car on itself, should come in the Jaguar XKR-S Cabriolet, and the best ride in the convertible, which comes on the market in March. From that point on is: What does not the open fabric roof of affection, the compressor motor to create its sound. Both together are good partners.
We had the opportunity to get to know the new convertible – with an open roof, the first cherry blossoms in mind now. We had driven the Coupe in the autumn of last year. But after opening the electrical, multilayer and noise insulated roof in 18 seconds it had but the character of a first encounter. The engine starting with a short, sharp, and so clearly perceptible gas shock awakens one is immediately aware of what there goes under the hood to go.
The aluminum eight-cylinder engine with five-liter strives not only to restraint He also tells those who want to hear it with that now 405 kW / 550 PS awakened, blown by a mechanical root compressor in the V section of the engine sits. Compared with the strongest version of the Jaguar XKR-S which is another 40 horsepower and 55 Newton meters (Nm) of torque more. The maximum torque now reaches 680 Nm.
Thus, 1, 8-ton with the aluminum body creates the standard Sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4,4 seconds. Thus, it take a regular SIP from the fuel bottled. The average consumption (according to EU standard) is 12.3 liters. Who wants to invest more in rapid movement: it speed is at 300 km/h electronically. It can do more, highlight the Jaguar technicians. But it is so modest, British flat.
The Jaguar XKR-S is always British. When it was presented in 2005, it was the first example of the new design language of the manufacturer, which is today part of the Indian Tata Group. But even with the new design could and can the XK do not deny today 2012 its roots with the slight facelift for the model year. It fits in the long line of XK models, the sporty double-seat with two Soft top from the 1950’s and 1960’s. The styling is familiar.
The Jaguar S version has some changes made to the outer skin, which should also serve the purpose, the Convertible also above 250 km/h to keep stable on the road. The front bumper features – like the coupe – on lines perpendicular to the wind and opened two vertical vents, which direct air to the sides of the vehicle down and smooth the flow of the enlarged sills. The dominant fragments beneath the bow is made of carbon. Rear spoiler and diffuser on the rear axle provide for a reduced output by 26 percent. The S is ten millimeters lower than its Jaguar XKR relatives.
The fine work on the chassis to fit the engine and the elegant look of fast. The steering is precise and direct to, the active control of the differential lock has been reprogrammed. At the same time the light garlic effect the rear wheels in favor of a decidedly sporty design and optimized spring rates were increased. Forged 20-inch wheels reduce origin weight by five percent. In front are Pirelli 255/35 ZR 20 raised, wide rear 295/30 ZR 20.
Toxic with TracDSC
Anyone who wants to experience the full glory on the road, which switches the mode “TracDSC” field. With modified slip limits, other torque distribution and raised intervention threshold of the Jaguar then rushing to the predator that can better be free on the racetrack.
But even without this driving mode, the white Jaguar to please. How great is the love, share the dual-branch sports exhaust system with the other road users like. The Jaguars allowed to violent backfire when shut off gas and corporate designs. During acceleration, the jaguar can shout out all its air of subdued power. But this is also something for the race track or for the trip to the exclusion of the public.
In the interior, the Jaguar XKR-S differs by some sporting accents like the sport seats with adjustable cheek and integrated headrests, center console in black piano lacquer and the panels in Darl linear aluminum and leather trim, wherever there is this space and a 525-watt sound system Bowers & Wilkins.
Can be is already hinted in the description that the Jaguars liked it, and not just because it put forth a violent sound. On the Cote d’Azur, it proved itself on the busy coast road as sonorously droning glider. Anyone who wants can see in the back country roads on the mountain, as he can be handy.
With the “TracDSC” it will be even more toxic. This requires the experienced rider. These three worlds, it brings to the – as open roof – a British-style sports car in a sophisticated atmosphere together.
It carries on as a support for the driver of a certain reluctance on many systems, the competitors have now on board with and without additional cost will not seem quite fit for a Jaguar XK. Thus missing the pick-me-the fatigue warning and the navigation display in the center of the dashboard is of a size as they are still accepted in 2005. Also this might safely be regarded as British: advanced yes, but always with a hint of distance.
Who ordered the XKR-S can now be sure to get to be convertible prior to the season. The deliveries will begin in March. As might be expected, this joke has its price: &euro: 138,100. It starts well under &euro: 100,000 but with less horsepower and less sensational look. The Jaguar XKR-S Convertible with 385 HP will cost € 99,400. So you can remain incognito in St. Tropez.
Technical Data Jaguar XKR-S Cabriolet
- Length: 4.79 m
- Width: 1.89 m
- Height: 1.33 m
- Engine: V8 gasoline engine, 5,000 cc, Twin Power Turbo, direct injection, supercharged.
- Power: 405 kW/550HP 6000-6500 U/min
- Max torque: 680 Nm between 2500 and 5500 rpm U/min
- Curb weight/payload: 1,800 kg/385 kg
- Consumption (according to EU standard): 12.3 liters
- CO2 emissions: 292g/km for Euro 5
- Top speed: 300km/h (governed)
- Acceleration: 4.4 sec from 0 to 100km/h
- Boot capacity: 313 liters (200 liters with the top down)
- Tires: front 255/35 ZR 29, rear 295/30 ZR 20
- Base Price: € 138,100