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2012 Jaguar XKR-S

Cat Scratch Fever Keeping a vehicle fresh and relevant over a long model cycle is one of any automaker's toughest tasks. There are basically two schools of thought on how to do it: a steady parade of trim-and-tape special editions (Lexus SC 430 Pebble Beach Edition, anyone?) or the more capital-intensive high-performance route. To riff on Neil Young, "Is it better to do a burnout, or fade away?" Jaguar appears to have the answer in the form of two black stripes on the pavement: the 2012 XKR-S. The current XK has been around since late 2005, and while its classic grand tourer... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
SC 5.0L V8
Power:
550 HP / 502 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto
MSRP:
$132,875 (as tested)
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    Official: Jaguar sends off XK with limited-run Final 50 edition
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    The Jaguar XK coupe and convertible are pointed at the production sunset, and the cars that will end their retail lives in the US will be the dubbed the XK Final Fifty Limited Edition. As the name implies there will be fifty of them made, 25 of the fixed-roof variety, 25 of the droptop. As the name doesn't imply, however, they'll be based on the XKR and ...

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    Video: XCAR sits down with David Brown, talks Speedback
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    David Brown Automotive, the British coachbuilder set to introduce its old-is-new-again Speedback at the Top Marques show in Monaco next month, has revealed a bit more of its upcoming offering in a video by XCAR. The Speedback is based on the platform and running gear of the soon-to-be-discontinued Jaguar XKR, with a design heavily influenced by 1960s-era ...

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    Official: David Brown Automotive launches old-is-new-again Speedback [w/video]
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    Back in January, we reported on a new British coachbuilder called David Brown Automotive. In February, the startup released the first details and images of its inaugural project, and now it has revealed the finished product. It's called Speedback, and it's based on the Jaguar XKR. But while it's built on a modern chassis (relatively, anyway – the ...

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    Video: Evo pits Jaguar XKR-S vs. Mercedes SL63 AMG in heavyweight droptop fight
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    We recently received the sad news that the Jaguar XK is ceasing production by the end of the year, but what better way to bid it farewell than with some big, smoky powerslides? The retirement of the sporty GT isn't actually the topic of the latest video from Evo – it's on hand to compete against the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG to see which is faster ...

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    Video: Motor Trend pits Aston V12 Vantage S against Jaguar XKR-S GT in battle of the Brits
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    With the recent increase in higher-performance versions of already high-performance vehicles, like Mercedes-Benz and its AMG Black Series, the public is now gaining even greater access to speed and maneuverability. Two of the most recent sports cars to get their wicks turned up include the Jaguar XKR-S GT and the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. Both of these ...

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    New York: 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT claws at the driving enthusiast in us
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    If you still find yourself coming up a few seconds short per lap in your Jaguar XKR-S, the British automaker has introduced the XKR-S GT – a cat specifically tuned for the racing circuit – at the New York Auto Show. While Jaguar has left the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 unchanged (550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque), it has tuned and ...

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    Official: 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT takes fiercest feline further [UPDATE]
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    If there were any car to overshadow the 542-horsepower Jaguar XJR that's coming to the New York Auto Show, this is it. Meet the Jaguar XKR-S GT – a street-legal, higher-performance version of the already hardcore XKR-S that will be headed to North America in very limited quantities. Only 30 will be offered on our continent, with 25 earmarked for the ...

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    Quick Spin: 2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible
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    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 ...

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    Official: 2013 Jaguar XK gets new Touring trim, Dynamic Pack
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    The naturally-aspirated V8 that only gets a single application in the combined 2013 Jaguar XF and XJ lines soldiers on in the 2013 XK (a 2012 model is pictured, but there are no syling changes), with four of the eight XKs available from next year fitted with the 385-horsepower engine. Yes, that's eight XKs, instead of the six that are currently available ...

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    Spy Shots: Mystery Jaguar XKR-S track pack caught testing
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    Jaguar looks to be hard at work on a new Track Edition of the company's already menacing XKR-S. Spy photographers spotted a more hardcore Track Edition testing at the Nürburgring recently, and while details are scarce, odds are the high horsepower coupe will serve as a suitable competitor to the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series, among others. The ...

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    Review: 2012 Jaguar XKR-S
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    Geneva: 2012 Jaguar XKR Artisan Edition proves there's nothing wrong with a sexy black dress
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    It's been said before, but Jaguar doesn't seem to know how to make a bad-looking car these days. Take the current XK, for example. It's been around since 2006 and has largely gone unchanged aside from a slight nip/tuck for the 2012 model year, but it's arguably one of the most beautiful coupes in the luxury GT segment. To further enhance the XK's good ...

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    Official: Jaguar reskins the cat with new XK Artisan edition
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    Every car has its better and worse angles, but by and large we'd argue the Jaguar XK is one of the most beautiful cars on the road today. Almost artistic, we'd say, and Jaguar itself seems to agree with the release of the new Artisan special edition. Launched (for the time being at least) in Jaguar's home market, the Artisan SE is available in either ...

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    Rumormill: Jaguar considering track-focused XKR-S
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    Items like the thick, cross-stiched leather, touchscreen navigation and a Bowers & Wilkins stereo hide just how wild the Jaguar XKR-S is. Without them you'd be overcome by the scent of a feral carnivore with blood on its breath, which is what the hottest coupe in Jaguar's portfolio really is. Yet Jaguar is thinking about removing the XKR-S' urbane ...

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    Video: EVO pits 2012 Jaguar XKR-S vs. XJ220 at the 'Ring
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    You may conjure up visions of luxury sedans and boulevard cruisers when you think of Jaguar, but the Leaping Cat marque has also made some wickedly fast sports cars over the years. Foremost among them is surely the XJ220, the all-out, world-conquering supercar Coventry produced in the early '90s. A Jaguar XJ220 set the Nürburgring lap record in 1992 ...

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    Video: Jaguar's jungle looks awfully inviting in new ad
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    There are plenty of attributes we associate with Jaguar. Luxurious, powerful and attractive all spring readily to mind, but we're not sure we'd tie the world "playful" to the brand. Jaguar seems to think otherwise, and has released a new ad showing three of its most sultry models frolicking about in jungles both natural and urban. The spot ends with the ...

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    Video: Jaguar plays up XKR-S Nürburgring run
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    The droptop version of the Jaguar XKR-S – the one introduced to the U.S. at the LA Auto Show that's already sold out – has been thrown around the Nürburgring by test driver Sascha Bert, and the recipe contains all the basic ingredients: a lot of music and suspension travel, a little bit of roaring and opposite lock. You knew this was ...

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    Los Angeles: 2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible is fast, expensive and already sold out
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    Jaguar has pulled the covers off its 2012 XKR-S Convertible here at the LA Auto Show, the droptop variant of the XKR-S Coupe which arrived earlier this year. Fitted with a power-operated folding cloth roof, the two-door takes its passengers from shade to sun in just 18 seconds at the touch of a button. The most powerful and fastest open-topped GT Jaguar ...

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    Los Angeles: 2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible, the fastest drop-top cat ever offered
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    Those wanting Jaguar's top-of-the-line two-door in drop-top form are now getting their wish as the company has officially unveiled the XKR-S Convertible ahead of its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The convertible features the same supercharged 550 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 found in the coupe, making it the most powerful rag-top that Jaguar has ...

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    Official: Jaguar bringing XKR-S Convertible to LA
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    Jaguar has officially announced that the droptop counterpart to its new XKR-S will bow at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week. We've spied the XKR-S Convertible before, and aside from some minor tweaks to the suspension to keep the car from getting all wobbly after the roof was cut off, not much else is expected to change during the coupe-to-cabrio ...

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