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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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    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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    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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    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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    Geneva 2011: 2012 Jaguar XKR-S waves the E-Type's flag at 50
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    Having recently released its innovative and show-stopping C-X75 concept last Fall, Jaguar probably didn't have the resources – or perhaps the need – to create a brand-new E-Type in observance of the seminal car's 50th birthday. Thus, we get the XKR-S, with 550 horsepower, 502 pounds of torque and aggressively redesigned aero. We're not ...

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    Jaguar bringing 550 hp XKR-S super coupe to Geneva
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    We've heard rumblings of a more-powerful XKR. We saw spy shots of the rumored two-door as it blew through the English countryside wearing a dash of camouflage. And now it's official: Jaguar is bringing a more powerful XKR to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and goes by the name XKR-S. We can only assume Jaguar is sticking with the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 ...

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    Spy Shots: Extra-hot Jaguar XKR caught ahead of Geneva debut
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    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 ...

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    Jaguar XKR175 kicks off the kid brother mantle at Pebble Beach
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    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 ...

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    Geneva 2010: Jaguar XKR Special Edition gives old cat extra life
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    Jaguar to unveil faster, blacker XKR Special Edition in Geneva
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    You know that cat? It's not only out of the bag, but the bag has been beaten, robbed and burned to a crisp. Translation: Jaguar is bringing a brawny, hopped-up version of its XKR to Geneva. Dubbed the XKR Special Edition, this Jag is actually a combo platter of two other XKR specials. Still with us? Good. Let's start with the first two. For 2011, the ...

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    Pics Aplenty: Jaguar lets the cat out of the bag with XKR Goodwood Special
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    With its aggressive stance, classic lines and deep-throated growl, it'd take a really breathtaking array of exotic machinery to let a car like the Jaguar XKR go by unnoticed. Unfortunately for Jaguar, that's exactly what rolls up Lord March's lawn every summer for the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The stoic British marque has a long history of participation ...

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    Jaguar officially announces XKR Goodwood Special... in lime green
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    In a press release announcing the cars it would be taking to this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, Jaguar's own Mike Cross has officially confirmed the coming of the Jaguar XKR Goodwood Special. We noted before that it would be louder and faster and detailed in satin graphite, but now we find out it will get a lower ride height over 21-inch wheels and ...

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    Detroit 2009: White Lightning - Jaguar shows 510 bhp XKRs [w/VIDEO]
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    Emerging from Jaguar's press conference yesterday from a cloud of manufactured smoke and amidst the too-loud blare of the Gallagher Brothers were the stonking new XKR Coupe and Convertible.While the exterior receives subtle changes (new front and rear bumper designs, LED taillamps), the real news is under the hood. More than just an augmented ...

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    Detroit 2009: Jaguar unleashes 2010 XKR, this kitty has claws
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    Performance and efficiency. These are the two cardinal attributes that all car designers are aiming for these days, and Jaguar is no different. For the last few years, the automaker's latest XK has relied heavily on its riveted and bonded aluminum-intensive architecture to achieve low weight, which is the first necessity for sporting credentials. For ...

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    Paris 2008: Jaguar XKR-S fastest since XJ220
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    Jaguar quietly trotted out its hottest XK to date, the XKR-S. Packing a 420-hp 4.2-liter V8 and sending power to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox equipped with Jaguar's Sequential Shift system, the XKR-S can run to 60 in 5.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 174 mph, making it the fastest Jag since the XJ220 supercar.But it's not all ...

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    Spy Shots: 2009 Jaguar XKR
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    The 2009 Jaguar XK-R has been spotted and shot doing the rounds in Europe. With so many other pots on the boil, like the XF-R and the new XJ, the XK-R is going the subtle route when it comes to changes. Up front, new intakes will be fitted under the headlights, while out back LED tail lights will be fitted in place of the standard units. One change we are ...

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    Geneva 2008: Faster, limited, Euro-only Jaguar XKR-S unveiled
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    Click image for a hi-res gallery of the Jaguar XKR-SJaguar will produce a limited run of 200 XKR-S coupes, which will be offered in Europe only. Now, the regular XKR is a delectable conveyance that combines endless sex appeal with eye-widening performance. Put plainly, it is an absolute hoot to drive. The XKR-S takes all that goodness and ramps things up a ...

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