Jaguar has just announced that a higher-than-ever performance version of its XJ flagship will be coming to this year's New York Auto Show next week. Joining the company's R lineup is this XJR, which will boast a stonking 542 horsepower from its supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine.

Though details about the new XJ are pretty slim – you can read Jag's teaser of a press release – we are told that the car will ride on a "bespoke chassis" and that some aerodynamics work has been done, as well. The one sultry image we have of the car shows a set of trim-specific wheels, lower sills and unique badging on the front grille.

The new XJR would seem to slot above the current top-dog XJ, the XJ Supersport. With a bump up of 32 hp versus the Supersport, performance should get a meaningful shot in the arm, as well. As for pricing, we'll have to wait for the NYC show to be sure. But other Jaguar models show an increase of between 15- and 20-percent between the R model and the next one down; that would indicate a price tag in the $130k range for a standard wheelbase XJR is in order.
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JAGUAR EXPANDS R PERFORMANCE LINE-UP WITH GLOBAL DEBUT OF XJR AT THE 2013 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOBILE SHOW

- Jaguar's R models offer the highest levels of Jaguar performance

- Jaguar R line-up expands with addition of XJR making global debut at New York Show

- 550PS XJR becomes dynamic flagship sedan of Jaguar line-up


- New York Show to feature R performance models alongside the other newest members of Jaguar family: The F-TYPE and All-Wheel Drive XF and XJ sedans

Jaguar will expand its R performance line-up with the global debut of the XJR at the 2013 New York International Automobile Show. The new high-performance model, the dynamic flagship of the XJ series, will join the expanding Jaguar line-up on display that includes All-Wheel Drive sedans and the F-TYPE sports car, which goes on sale this summer.

With a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine delivering 550PS and bespoke chassis and aerodynamic developments, the XJR is the most focused, agile and responsive Jaguar XJ ever made. It delivers supercar performance and assertive looks with the highest levels of luxury.

According to Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar: "Thenew XJR epitomises the three pillars of technology, performance and contemporary design which the Jaguar brand stands for in the twenty-first century, while delivering new levels of dynamic ability in a luxury saloon."


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      car czar
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw a XJ at my doctors office and all most walked into the car next to it from staring at the XJ it is trully a beautiful car. If I had 130K to spare my money would be on this. side note: I passed 25 bmw 750s at walmart last night, I think BMW is giving those things away to keep that largest luxury auto maker in the world title.
      Wasquatch
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just to speak from experience, I bought a 2012 jaguar XJL, and I have loved it from the day I bought it. It's an incredible car, beautiful, sexy, rides great, great power, interior is off the charts. I live in utah, and I don't need all wheel drive, as I have a range rover to drive on snowy days. I don't think the lack of AWD was the reason that sales have been slow.Jags have had a horrible reputation, and horrible design in the past, they have had a lack of dealerships, and when they do have dealerships they are small, and stacked on other luxury brands. It will take time for Jaguar to make it back into the limelight with its German competitors. However, I love the cars exclusivity, you rarely see them in the West, excluding California Orange County. For those that scoff at the rotary dial on the tranny, after you have it, you can't figure out why everyone wouldn't do it. I will definitely look at this r version, it looks like a blast, and I have been nothing but impressed with my 2012 XJL.
      Rr778
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford racing has done a great job dropping their supercharger and mustang gt motor into this one! Perhaps next stop get the gt500 5.8 with the supercharger?
        raymond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rr778
        I think you have the motors confused as this is not the same 5.0 from the Mustang. The AJ-V8 Gen III? It's all new block made in 2009, developed in the dedicated Jaguar facility in Wales, by Jaguar. Yes - Ford has borrowed it for some of their cars (Lincoln LS, Thunderbird...) along with Aston Martin but this engine is entirely Jag. Read up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_AJ-V8_engine#AJ-V8_Gen_III
        Classic_Engr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rr778
        The AJ V8 is different than the Ford Coyote V8. Go troll somewhere else.
        Rr778
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rr778
        Don't cry when you find out the koenigsegg pays to use blueprints for a mustang motor to be recasted in aluminum... And if you don't think that eaton manufactures the supercharges for ford, jag, Audi, everyone then keep your head under the pillow. My IPhone recognize koenigsegg in autotype!!!!!
          FreeThinker
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rr778
          Shoo, fly.
          neilyadig
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rr778
          Nobody denied that Eaton manufacturers superchargers used by many, but your claim that the Mustang motor and this AJ-V8 from Jag are the same is just plain false.
          domingorobusto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rr778
          Eaton supplies most of the OEM roots style superchargers in the world, and has for decades. The M112 was used on Fords, Jaguars, GMs, Audis, and a number of others. Same deal with the TVS. None of them interchange between models for a different manufacturer, i.e. you can't bolt the TVS from a GT500 onto the supercharged jaguar and vice-versa. Eaton is not a subsidiary of Ford. And everybody knows that the original Koenigsegg engine was originally based on the DOHC 4.6. The Jaguar engine is not. The Jaguar AJ series V8s significantly predate the Ford DOHC V8s and share nothing with them. They are significantly in every regard and share no significant common architecture. They are not related.
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rr778
        Actually, if anything Ford borrowed from the AJ26/27 design when they were designing the DOHC 4.6, which was further developed into the 5.0 Coyote. So if anything Ford should be thanking Jaguar a little for the Coyote. But seriously, the Coyote and the AJV8 in the XJ share nothing.
        ZenDriver
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rr778
        Don't let poor little Rr778 bother you. If he wants to tell himself that the AJV8 is the same as the Ford V8, then let him. He is just an insecure little troll who feels compelled to draw negative attention toward the things he doesn't like or understand. He does this to keep attention away from his own profound shortcomings. Further tirades from him should be viewed as nothing more than spewing from an emotionally stunted pre-adolescent mind. Besides, coming from him--someone with no authority on the subject--it truly means nothing. Just dust in the wind.
          FreeThinker
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ZenDriver
          Rr778. Shhh. You're grunting louder doesn't aid your incorrect arguments.
          Rr778
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ZenDriver
          There is nothing negative about brand engineering. Porsche, VW , Audi, Chevy, Ford. Mercedes Benz , Dodge, jaguar, Range rover all do it to improve vehicle quality and reduce cost. But pretending an ml350 isn't a jeep Cherokee, is just silly.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car badly needs a total redesign. It doesn't work. Not in print and sadly not up close. It does not say Jaguar anymore. It says Ford.
        M5_4_life
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        Please, stop commenting, you're lowering the collective IQ of the blog. Sincerely, Everyone!
          Mason
          • 1 Year Ago
          @M5_4_life
          Congrats Terry, you clearly live a very important and full life.
          Terry Actill
          • 1 Year Ago
          @M5_4_life
          -14 thumbs. Not bad at all. My work here is done. :)
      • 1 Year Ago
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      CTK
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dont know why but news like this just bores the hell out of me. Isnt there already a 500HP XJ? Whats so special about this one?
        askroon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CTK
        You might get bored by a 542-hp Jag, but I'll take one any day of the week.
      riserburn99andre
      • 1 Year Ago
      I do admit the car is a good looker. If I was in the business for an executive vehicle this would be on my list.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Listen, I drive a 2.0T engine and, while I love it, I still feel an ache in my loins to own a lux muscle car comme ca. If I just wasn't so cheap (and if Jag's came with a lifetime warranty--or a mechanic).
        ZenDriver
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
        The later AJ V8s (4,2L and 5L) have proven bulletproof since 2002. Try the soup first before you go off telling everyone how bad you think it might possibly taste.
          ZenDriver
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ZenDriver
          I was simply replying to your statement: "...if Jag's came with a lifetime warranty--or a mechanic..." which falsely implies that they are required for ownership. I've had no troubles with mine. All that's required is a lack of fear based on outdated heresay. Oh, and some serious cash would help. ;) And just what makes you think I'm not relaxed? That's nothing more than your assumption. I'm drinking tea as I write this. Maybe you should try some.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ZenDriver
          "Moving to Jag (or anything else) would necessitate more income on my part." There fixed it.
          domingorobusto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ZenDriver
          Even the 4.0s, at least the supercharged ones, were bulletproof since 2000.
      Merc1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jaguar is finally getting the attention ($$$) it needs. They have a lot of engine choices now, AWD on some models and a new sports car in the F-Type. Now move the XK up to the CL level, like an XJ Coupe and bring on the most important new car ever, the X-Type replacement. That car will put them over if it is done right. HUGE sales potential. M
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      The XJ is a great looking car especially for the money compared to its rivals. The biggest reason their sales were low was the lack of AWD and they took care of that although they need to have AWD for the V8s also. I came to that conclusion because they are few and far between here in Michigan, but when I was in Dallas they were all over the place, so the weather definitely had a major effect on the purchasing decision of potential customers.
        Classic_Engr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        While adding AWD drive to their portfolio will certainly help increase sales in snow belt states, it is not THE only reason why sales are low in Michigan. It is only one factor. Sales of Jaguars have ALWAYS been very low in Michigan. Check the data. I used to work for a major Ford supplier in Michigan and traveled all over that state for years and barely saw any Jaguars, even in wealthy MI neighborhoods. In general, there had been a long-standing negative sentiment toward owning a Jaguar especially among automotive executives. That changed slightly only after Ford bought the company. You saw a slight uptick in sales by the early 2000’s, but even then it faded quickly. I worked with a manager at Ford that owned the only X-Type in the POEE parking lot, and it was very taboo in their culture. The ghost of Henry Ford still walks that building, and conspicuous consumption among mid-level managers is still frowned upon in his classic Scotsman tradition. Mr. Ford loved luxury, but he was still cheap. So yes, AWD will help sales IN MICHIGAN and other snow belt states. But Jaguar sales in MI will NEVER compare to sales here in other areas, even other snow belt states. There are more Jaguars in the Chicagoland area than in the entire state of Michigan. I’ve seen more Jags in regular visits to the Milwaukee area than I did after years in Michigan. There are far more Jaguars in the New York/New Jersey area than in Michigan and the rest of the Midwest. Oh, and yes, there are more Jaguars in my current region of sunny Southern California than in Michigan, of course. You see plenty of Jaguars here. But I have to say this, and it may just be my opinion here: Once you own a Jaguar, you just don’t want to live in Michigan.
          FreeThinker
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Classic_Engr
          What you suggest but don't mention outright is that the generally depressed economy and cyclical nature of the major employers in Michigan, mostly in the automotive and raw material extraction industries, has never nutured the type of climate that is conducive to selling or buying a low-volume British luxury car. The major factor in owning a Jaguar has always been money. Weather is further down the totem pole. Even during a boom year, buying a Jag in Michigan is a risk since your management job may go bust before you finish your payments. Then there's the thought of maintaining a Jaguar during the repeated economic downturns that Michigan experiences. You needed good money to keep them running back in the old days, and it's not exactly cheap now either. In Michigan, you're just better off buying or even leasing an American luxury car. It's much easier to find a dealer, less expensive to own and maintain, you get less ire from your colleagues and neighbors, and it's far easier to sell or trade-in when the time comes. Good luck selling a used Jag in Michigan.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Tanvir Saini
        • 1 Year Ago
        Tata just supply the cash and let JLR do their thing. They don't meddle like Ford did.
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damn, that's great looking. I could not believe how nice the interior in these cars are, and now they look as good on the outside as they do on the inside, and that power increase is nothing to sneer at. Simply an amazing car. Man oh man I can't wait for typical Jag depreciation to hit so these will be within reach!
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