• Sep 21st 2007 at 1:04PM
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Now that Jaguar and Aston Martin are no longer officially related, the leaping cat feels free to pounce on its former corporate sibling. The current Jaguar XK-R isn't enough to really challenge cars like the Aston Martin Vantage V8 or Porsche 911, so Jag is cooking up a hotter version -- an XK-R-R?

With ECU and engine modifications, the forced breather should be good for more than 500 HP and a 180+ MPH top speed. With that kind of heat -- an 80+ HP jump over the current XKR and 120+ more than the Vantage -- the car will get to 60 in 4.5 seconds. It is expected to take cues and more from Jag's GT3 race car, yet while it is thought to get racing-style bucket seats and carbon fiber trim, it will still be appointed like a Jag. Outside, a new front air dam is the only change that has been spied so far.

[Source: Autogespot via Motor Authority]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like someone took Jeremy Clarkson's advice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks good, and could be what Jag needs to get viewed as a serious automaker again.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's about time. Now if they would only kick up the power on the XJR to these numbers then maybe jag will start moving more cars.
      • 8 Years Ago

      How about, XK-S.

      That is, in fact, what they labeled the thing on the plates. Not exactly a covert operation they're running.

      The car is sweet, but I'd like to see a squared off grill with deep metal surround more like the new XF on it, and some more purposeful, scowling cat's eye headlamps (something the tallented Ian Callum oddly seems to have trouble with).

      The biggest disapointment with this car is really that the rear seat is 100%, totally, unequivocally useless (which speaks pretty well about the Jag, actually). You might be able to fit a baby in a car seat back there, but first you'd have to figure out how to actually get the car seat in there to begin with. The car is really a 2 seater GT coupe pretending to be something more stately. Put some fitted luggage back there, lose the seats and be done with it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      @British rover

      BMW 3 series or Jag XJ/XK or X Type. Most people in the UK at least are buying the 3/1 Series, Audi A3/A4 or Merc C/A class Saloon/Hatch etc. As sad as that is, the fact's speak for themself's.

      The XJ maybe a good car but is a big old fashioned looking car and like the XK it costs a lot of money to buy and run. Nostalgia has it's place in car design but not during these tough times at Jaguar, and they have been riding that wave for too long.

      The X type did not succeed simply because it looked like a XJ shrunk in the wash and had Ford Mondeo underpinnings with a limited engine range and not beause it was small.There was nothing modern about it at all. For their first compact saloon it was a lazy piece of design.

      I remember when BMW, Audi and Merceedes first launched their small cars and SUV's, Most people put down the ideas as well, But it's working for them now and I see more of them on the roads than Jaguars.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Jaguar tried this earlier but didnt make it because it'd be better than the DB7, it was on Top Gear(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_-OXOC-UkY)
      cant wait till this comes out, gives me motivation to stay in school.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Sweet... but who would want to buy a Jag ?
        • 8 Years Ago
        i would in a heartbeat.
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