Vital Stats

Engine:
SC 5.0L V8
Power:
550 HP / 502 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto
0-60 Time:
4.2 Seconds
Top Speed:
186 MPH
Drivetrain:
Rear-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
4,079 LBS
Seating:
2+2
Cargo:
11.1 CU-FT (max)
MPG:
15 City / 22 HWY
Editor's Note: This is our new Quick Spin format, now shorter, less formal and more personal than our regular reviews. We've reinvented the format so we can talk about even more of the new vehicles we drive. Enjoy!



Not long after executive editor Chris Paukert drove the Jaguar XKR-S Coupe, I found myself holding the keys to the gorgeous British Racing Green XKR-S Convertible you see here. Mechanically, it's exactly the same as the coupe, save an additional 111 pounds of weight and a slightly less-usable boot. And from behind the wheel, the Convertible's on-road manners don't differ too much from its hardtop kin.

Thanks to a revised chassis setup versus the standard XK convertible, the XKR-S isn't plagued with cowl shake or general wobbliness, though there's a still a bit of safe, predictable understeer dialed in to the suspension geometry. Around back, the big cat will happily swing its butt out around a turn when provoked, even with the traction control nannies in full effect. The XKR-S Convertible takes to the road more like a muscle car than a proper sportster, ditching scalpel-like precise handling for pure stabbing force.

The most impressive part of the XKR-S formula is the menacing growl that shoots out of what we can only assume are the polished quad exhaust tips of Satan's own vocal cords.

But the XKR-S Convertible's pièce de résistance is best seen – or rather, heard – when you drop the top. Nevermind the brute force of the 550-horsepower supercharged V8 underhood, able to slap the 4,079-pound Jaguar to 60 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds, the most impressive part of the XKR-S formula is the menacing growl that shoots out of what we can only assume are the polished quad exhaust tips of Satan's own vocal cords. During my week with the car, I couldn't resist purposely mashing the throttle as I drove out onto Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit, simply so I could hear that heart-fluttering roar bounce off the tall concrete buildings, slamming pedestrians with eight-cylinder aural delight whether they liked it or not.

Thing is, though, you get this same sort of experience in the coupe. And while the hardtop XKR-S doesn't come with the wind-in-your-hair experience, it does everything the droptop can do for a full $6,000 less. The same well-appointed, beautifully trimmed interior is there, complete with two excellent sport chairs up front, completely useless rear buckets that are better suited for packages than people, and the same infuriatingly slow infotainment/navigation system we've grown to, well, deal with. In any case, the XKR-S package is very sweet, but unless you're hellbent on the full open-air experience, just stick with the coupe.


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      Lepton
      • 2 Years Ago
      550hp!! Rookie mistake!
      Sean
      • 2 Years Ago
      C'mon, they let you drive a wonderful GT car and the best you can do is a write a short, bland article? Talk about a forgetful review.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would actually prefer a base xk: all of the body kit detracts from the car's beauty.
      Trent
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is something about this car that just makes it look dated to my eyes.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Trent
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          Alexander Craghead
          • 2 Years Ago
          Dang, there's just something about that XKE that looks dated. Dang, there's just something about that XK120 that looks dated. Dang, there's just something about that 911 that looks dated. Dang, there's just something about that Miura that looks dated. Dang, there's just something about that Testarossa that looks dated. Dang, there's just something about that '67 Mustang that looks dated.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      $140,000 is within spitting range of a used Ferrari F430 Spider, brand new R8 V10 Spider etc etc. This is way out of Jag's league.
        Classic_Engr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        You're comparing sports cars to a grand touring car. This car creates a completely different experience. Drive one first. Then let's chat.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
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          Classic_Engr
          • 2 Years Ago
          No, actually, you look very old, very tired, and very "undated."
      Mark S
      • 2 Years Ago
      Something about a wing on the back of a Jaguar that seems wrong. But then it has an automatic transmission, so ah, what the heck!
      SidewaysSpin011
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks great.
      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good lord does this thing need that much cooling up front. It looks like an aftermarket special. This should be like a hennessy version or something.... I'm still forever a jag fan though....it's not the worst thing I've seen a car company do to a car....
      Casey Jensen
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front end of this car looks too busy. Won't disagree that it's a sweet ride, though.
      Anj
      • 2 Years Ago
      IMO, deck lid spoiler looks out of place on this. They could have given a little more thought on a spoiler design that would fit a Jags image...
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