New York Auto Show: Jaguar Reveals New XJR
Jaguar has today revealed the XJR, the company’s new flagship sports saloon and the first ‘R’ model in this generation of the XJ, at the New York International Auto Show.
“The new Jaguar XJR epitomises the three pillars of technology, performance and seductive design which the Jaguar brand stands for in the twenty-first century, while delivering new levels of dynamic ability in a luxury saloon,” says Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar
The 550PS XJR aims to combine supercar performance with high levels of luxury. It manages zero to 60mph in 4.4 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 174mph. Performance is provided by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine producing 550PS and 680Nm peak torque, with power delivered to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
“This XJR is the flagship XJ and I’m delighted we’ve got it back into the range. This is a premium luxury supercar that also has an extremely purposeful look to it. This car will surprise, there’s no doubt about it,” adds Ian Callum, Jaguar’s current Design Director.
Exterior styling cues include a front splitter, special ‘R’ bonnet louvres and quad tailpipes.
“The design team wanted to create a graphic link to the performance credentials of this car, as well as delivering the optimal balance of aerodynamic downforce front and rear. The chrome-rimmed intakes on the front bumper have become an ‘R’ model ‘signature element’, acting as a visual reference to the car’s twin superchargers, while the front aero splitters are complemented by the rear spoiler. We really dialled up the visual content on the XJR compared to its predecessors; it’s where our customers now expect it to be,” explains Wayne Burgess, Studio Director, Jaguar Design
The ‘R’ specification side sills, unique to the XJR, serve to create a sharp break-off point between the bodywork and the road surface in order to keep the airflow attached to the car’s sides for as long as possible.
Rear lift is also reduced through the fitment of a bootlid-mounted lip spoiler to manage the airflow off the top rear surface of the car, while the special ‘R’ bonnet louvres are designed to aid aerodynamics and engine cooling.
The five-spoke, 20-inch ‘Farallon’ forged alloy wheels provide the XJR with a broad shouldered stance. The assertive appearance of the XJR is further reinforced with a sport pack grille with chrome surround and black mesh.
|Engine||5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol|
|Peak power (PS@rpm)||550@6500|
|Peak power (kW@rpm)||405@6500|
|Peak torque (lb/ft @rpm)||502@2500-5500|
|Peak torque (Nm@rpm)||680@2500-5500|
|Transmission||Eight-Speed Automatic, RWD|
|Top speed (MPH}||174 [Electronically Limited]|
|Fuel Economy (combined)||24.4 MPG|