Jaguar XKR-S is named '2011 Sports Car of the Year'
Jaguar's ultimate sports car wins award
The Jaguar XKR-S has been awarded the title of '2011 Sports Car of the Year'
by the respected German motoring magazine, Auto Bild Sportscars, following a
poll of more than 70,000 of its readers. The XKR-S – the most powerful
production car Jaguar has built – competed in the 'Production Sports Car
Coupes' category, where it took 14.3 per cent of all votes, ahead of the
Mercedes C63 AMG and Audi RS5 in their home market.
The XKR-S Coupe was recently tested by Auto Bild on the famous Nürburgring
Nordshleife, which it lapped in just 7-minutes 51-seconds; its 5.0-litre
supercharged V8 engine produces 550PS and 680Nm, enabling it to sprint to 100
km/h in just 4.4 seconds before going on to reach an electronically limited top
speed of 300km/h.
Competing for the 10th 'Auto Bild Sports Car of the Year' awards were a total
of 173 cars in 17 categories, including modified and low-volume cars. In its
category the Jaguar XKR-S finished ahead of 14 respected competitors. The
awards were presented on Friday 25th November at the Essen Motor Show, Germany.
"Winning the first prize in a segment dominated by premium German competitors
makes us particularly proud“, said Mike Wright, Executive Director Jaguar Land
Rover. "The vote for the XKR-S proves that Jaguar’s desire to build powerful
but beautiful cars resonates extremely well with those who have a passion for
sports and performance cars."
The XKR-S has been developed at the Jaguar Test and Engineering Centre at the
Nürburgring. It epitomises the attributes key to all Jaguar's GT cars:
explosive power, inspiring handling, relaxed comfort and discrete luxury.