TOP CAT XKR
WHATCAR? NOVEMBER 2008
WhatCar? November 2008
Jaguar calls the XKR Coupé experience 'sublime exhilaration.' It's a remarkable GT car, at a distinctly surprising price.
You've worked hard. You've done well in life. You understand and appreciate quality and the effortless performance that the best motoring engineering can bring. But you're not into brazen displays of affluence. That's tacky. Good news. Jaguar knows you're out there, and makes a car just for you: the XKR. Instead of burdening you with all the styling and practicality of a paper dart, the XKR combines the electrifying 4.9 second 0-60mph thrust of a supercar with the relaxed, supple comfort of a grand tourer and the luxurious ambience of a sporting limousine. With the supercharged 4.2-litre V8's 420bhp and 560Nm of growling torque flowing smoothly through the F1-style paddle gearchange, you can fit the XKR precisely to your mood simply by varying your toe pressure on the throttle.
Heart-pumping performance is perfectly complemented by the XKR's handling. Its ultra-rigid lightweight aluminium body and CATSTM active suspension package was refined on Germany's notorious Nurburgring circuit to deliver a driving experience of totally unruffled composure. 20-inch Senta Alloy wheels and tri-mode stability control add the perfect mix of style and peace of mind. Outside, aluminium-finish grilles and power vents, quad tailpipes and unique R bumpers celebrate Jaguar's rich sporting heritage. Inside, Jaguar's legendary opulence: leatherfaced R Sport seats, keyless start, intuitive 7-inch touch screen satellite navigation, Bluetooth® telephone connectivity, WMA and MP3 compatibility and a 525-watt premium sound system – though you may well prefer to listen to the evocative rumble of the engine. Sublime exhilaration. That's a pretty accurate description of the XKR experience. And it's the same outstanding value for money proposition as any Jaguar – so this is a heart choice that your head will approve.