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Jaguar XKR175 – Click above for high-res image

Life can't have been easy for Jaguar in the Ford PAG years. Sure, the automaker had an influx of capital to dedicate to development of new models and the fine-tuning of existing ones. And sure, its notorious reliability and quality levels skyrocketed to a near-acceptable level (which is quite far from where they were). But all the same, it had to live in the shadow of their big brother Aston Martin.

The current Tata era, then, must be a breath of fresh air, with no one impeding Jag's upwards growth. Exhibit A: the XKR175. Like its continental (and similarly named) counterpart, the XKR 75, it's been made to celebrate the marque's 75th anniversary. Of course it's based on the XKR, a model of unique feline reflexes that was once impeded in its potential by the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, never mind the DB9. But no more – with AML now under separate ownership, the XKR175 demonstrates just what the British GT is capable of.

We're talking about 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque from the supercharged V8. We're talking about a beefed-up aero kit, bigger wheels and super-sized brakes. We're talking about an unveiling no less prestigious than the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, so check out the solo image released in the interim and the press release after the jump.

If you like what you see, you'd better call your local dealer now. Because with a limited production run of – you guessed it – 175 examples (15 of which will head north to the land of igloos and maple syrup, the rest to be divided between these United States), you can bet that – even with a $104,500 price tag – demand will outstrip supply. Even Aston Martin will have to stand up and take notice to that.

[Source: Jaguar]
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11 August 2010

MAHWAH, N.J., August 11, 2010 – Jaguar celebrates its 75th anniversary today with the debut of the limited edition 2011 Jaguar XKR175 Coupe at the McCalls Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center during the Pebble Beach Automotive Weekend. This is the first appearance of the exclusive sports car in North America.

The XKR175 is powered by a supercharged V8 with 510hp and 461 lb-ft of torque and top speeds raised to an electronically-limited 174mph. To ensure that the XKR175 remains stable at high speeds, a revised aerodynamic package incorporates a new front air dam, new side sills, a new rear diffuser and a larger rear spoiler providing increased balance and a reduction in lift. New 20-inch Kasuga 10-spoke alloy wheels, red brake calipers and Ultimate Black exterior paint adorn the car's exterior.

Inside, door sill tread plates reading "XKR175 – 1 of 175" greet the driver and passenger while the leather is finished in Warm Charcoal with Cranberry stitching, all accompanied by Piano Black wood veneer.

Production of the XKR175 is limited to 175 vehicles at an MSRP of $104,500 (including destination charge). There will be 15 Jaguar XKR175 models for the Canadian market as well.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Disagree if you wish, but just like the previous generation XK, this car will not age well. It will never be a classic and it will not turn any heads in 10 years.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is where you are wrong. I own a 2001 xk8 convertible and wherever I go I do notice people looking at the car. The current XK leaves people glued to it, my father has one and people just can't stop staring at the car it's nuts so the fact that you don't like the design is not something you can use as a basis for saying it isn't going to be a head turner in 10 years because it will be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I was Aston Martin, I would definitely take notice of this...
      • 4 Years Ago
      As nice as this car looks (which compared the previous gen is like comparing a modern Taurus to a 96 Taurus) I want to see it completely redesigned. Given Jaguar's current streak of success with the XJ & XF, two cars which I think are absolute stunners, I want to see what would become of the XK, the best looking car Jaguar had before Tata took over. And, like everyone else, I wouldn't get this because I like the AM too much.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm gonna say something a tad controversial here. I think the XKR and this version in particular is one of the most stunning and elegant cars out there. I've heard comparisons of the front to a Taurus, let me assure you in person the front looks great. I personally would have loved a slightly more aggressive front including the headlights (not the biggest fan of the teardrop headlights) but the proportions of this car, especially in profile, rear 3/4ths and full rear on is in a class of it's own!!!

      It's gorgeous, subtle, seriously fast and IMHO more 'James Bondish' than the Aston. Dont get me wrong, the Aston is automotive art, but I keep seeing different variations of it and each is worse than the successor. I also feel Aston is kind of pimping the brand out with the V12 vantage and the DBS designs (NOT the performance), again, great cars but full of gills, scoops etc. Kind of what BMW did with the M3, the 335 has more of a gentlemanly clean look.

      IMHO, the DB9, V12 Vanquish (now dead) and this are some of the best interpretations of the AM design line (Btw, this car was penned by Ian Callum as well, so the similarity is not coincidental)

      • 4 Years Ago
      I get hints of Aston Martin in it but other than that, that's one sexy beast right there.

      Also, that bi-wing plane in the back is also beautiful.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How can you possibly complain about hints of Aston Martin? Astons are soooo beautiful, just like this car here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah I think the new jags definitely look like astons but damn they are sexy
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ian Callum designed both the Aston Martin DB7 and the current XK. So its of little surprise that the two share similarities.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not complaining at all. It's absolutely beautiful, but it does remind me of an Aston Martin, possibly just the shape alone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mmmmmm! That is one beautiful XK.

      • 4 Years Ago
      The new 2010 XF supercharge is a powerful machine that comes with a 4.2 liter V8 engine that boosts of 300 horsepower and gives out 310 pound feet of torque.

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