• Feb 18, 2011
Spy Shots: Jaguar XKR-based prototypes wander the English countryside – Click above for high-res image gallery

Jaguar testers have just been caught running around the British countryside with a pair of camouflaged XK coupes. One looks to be the upcoming facelifted XKR, while the other appears to be a mysterious – and as-yet unnamed – more powerful XKR variant.

Rumor has it that this super XKR could be named the XK-E in honor of the 50th anniversary of Jaguar's legendary E-Type. We really only know two things about it at the moment: it's based off the 530-horsepower XKR Goodwood Special, and we're dying to see it in Jaguar's booth at the upcoming 2011 Geneva Motor Show.



[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Re weight -
      The 2011 Jag XKR Coupe weighs 3865 lbs .
      I consider any car weighing over 2,900 lbs too heavy regardless of class .
      And prefer cars to weigh under 2400 lbs for that tossable feel .
      But power to weight ratio can persuade me higher up the weight scale with 2900 the limit .
        • 3 Years Ago
        And these cars are...??? Would they be equipped with luxury features like cooled seats, keyless start and entry, navigation etc? I'd like to see the list.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'd like to know which other luxury car can deliver that. Under 2900 pounds or 2400. get a miata dude!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Steve, alot of the high end features are comomon place now in the new and upcoming compacts . Some even in subcompacts (new Feista) has all the features you mentioned I think .
        The current compacts should all be under 2900 lbs (excluding Cruze)
        the upcoming fs-86 (hoping)
        the upcoming Honda Civics
        There could be others I'm not aware of but I expect all these cars to offer the features you seek mentioned above .

        As for under 2400 lbs with such features offered I would say the upcoming Accent ?

        As far as what cars are available under 2400 lbs besides an older ? miata

        the present and upcoming Yaris
        the present and upcoming Mazda 2
        the present and upcoming Accent
        the Fiat 500 ?
        The Aveo's replacement ? Maybe the current Aveo
        Their could be others I'm not aware of .

        No car mentioned would offer you the opulence you seek , but lots of the features you seek have filtering down to the new and upcoming compact cars and to some subcompact cars as well .
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now that they have to ties to Aston Martin, I wonder if they will crank the performance up to 11. They always felt like they were carefully staying below an Aston's capabilities, which seemed silly given their racing heritage and love of strong, lightweight bodywork.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stuttgart, we have a problem.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Quite nice.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the XK-R has 500+ horsepower, hopefully it will get an automated gearbox, if not a manual. A torque-converter automatic is a let-down.

      I was just thinking the other day that a real performance oriented Jag XK with a bit lighter weight and a significantly harder edge, both technically and aesthetically, would have been a nice competitor in the recent Shelby GT500 vs. Corvette vs. GTR comparison of 500+ horsepower cars under 100K.

      An XK-R with an automated gearbox, painted kyanite blue, with the black trim package and maybe a set of forged aftermarket wheels, would be AWESOME.

      Even better if they re-locate the gearbox into a rear transaxle.

      Not retro like a Shelby, not as impractical as a 2-seat corvette, and much more gorgeous and possibly lighter than the GT-R.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Think for a performance-oriented Jag the XKR would need to be smaller. It's so portly that it weighs even more than the GT-R in spite of being the standard FR layout. Unless it lops off say 500 lbs, don't think it'd be competitive at all.
        • 3 Years Ago
        There is a lot of lux stuff that could be pared down to cut some weight, to make a more competitive XK-R

        Plus who knows if more aluminum or other construction changes might be lurking under the skin of the new car, compared to the existing car.

        It only needs to lose about 140lbs from the 2011 weight figure to match the GTR, and (unfortunately) 3750-3999 lbs is not that far out of range anymore.

        That is about on par with a standard V8 Camaro, a GT500 Mustang, G37 Sport, Audi S5, BMW 6-series, and less than Challenger.

        I wish the norm for all those cars was closer to the 3400-3700lb range, but it just doesn't seem to work that way anymore.

        And the XK-R has 510 hp, which is more than most of those cars.

        If it loses some bulk, and gains an automated, rather than automatic gearbox, and gains a sharper interior to go with those sharper new headlights... it could be a contender.

        And lets hope for a lighter Cayman/Z4 class machine that is cut down from the XF...
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks like they fixed the Ford Taurus looking headlights...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know XKE, and while you may be somewhat attractive, you, Sir, are no XKE.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The XK was never meant to be a successor to the XKE...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are they finally going to fix those horrible-looking head and tail lights fitted on current XKR's?!! I may just have to put XKR on my future-used-car shopping list..
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