• Aug 15th 2008 at 1:02PM
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One of the hottest Jags to roll out of Coventry isn't coming to our shores. The highly-tuned 420-hp Jaguar XKR-S sports coupe features stiffer springs, firmer dampers, thicker anti-roll bars, quickened steering, and lighter forged 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in performance rubber. Aerodynamic changes, including a new rear spoiler, reduce lift up front by 60 percent, and 17 percent at the rear, while overall drag drops by three percent. The supercharged V8 is unchanged. Limited to a run of just 200 cars, Jaguar North America doesn't feel it can run head-to-head with the likes of tuned Porsches and other sports cars in the States so the automaker is limiting sales to just Germany and Britain. What? You don't think we can handle it?

[Source: Autoweek]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Pah, I can't take a car seriously as a sports car if it is not even available with a manual anyway... probably a good choice not to bring it here, as the kind of person who would buy a car like this would gravitate towards one of the special edition 911's. Jag customers in the US want a GT, not a sports car
      • 7 Years Ago
      Germany and Britan only? So I guess they think they can keep up with M and RS cars then...

      North American car companies love making excuses for excluding themselves from top of the line models. What a joke.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Funny thing is that this car is made by a British company, owned by an Indian company.

        WTH are you thinking?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was still thinking that they were owned by ford. :-X
      • 7 Years Ago
      i really don't think that anybody cares. xkr is nice enough for those who know about it, but others will stick to their lambo's, and ferrari's. although i would suggest a granturismo s. :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Jaguar North America doesn't feel it can run head-to-head with the likes of tuned Porsches and other sports cars in the States so the automaker is limiting sales to just Germany and Britain."

      Yeah, because the sports car competition is much thinner in Germany and Britain.


      Ahem, er, excuse me.
      Michael D.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw this in Autoweek, in rag form and on-line, and this is because the facelifted XK will arrive soon, with a whole new array of engines! We'll be getting the much juicier XK, and XK-R with an engine trumping 500hp in the USDM!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those are gorgeous wheels.

      The car itself is very nice, although slightly too flat on the front, and no manual, even on an R-S model. not great.

      To be brutally honest... I'd search out a set of those wheels for an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and call it good. These wheels are much better than Vantages' new shoes.

      but it does somewhat suck that Ford, an american company just sold Jaguar, and the new owners, in short order, deny the US market a premium variant of a car designed under Ford's watch. It is a trim line, so it isn't exactly that it doesn't pass regs. Oh, well. I guess Germany and Britain get a bone this time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      this car has to be good thats why we won't be getting it!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      They are just cowards who know this thing can't compete with a tuned Cobalt.
      • 7 Years Ago
      DB9 much?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who cares? I wouldn't want to drive a Tata anyway.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It can't compete with sports cars like Porsches in the U.S. so instead they send it to Britain and Germany to compete with... Porsche, BMW, AMG, Audi, and Aston Martin. Brilliant.
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