For 2012, Jaguar added 40 horsepower to the XKR to create the XKR-S, the most powerful production Jaguar ever.
Somewhere near Groom Lake in the Nevada desert is Area 51, a top-secret enclave where the military develops and tests its most cutting-edge hardware. Or not. Hidden on a side road just outside the northern loop of the Nürburgring is the Jaguar test center in the Industrial Park, which is ostensibly the Area 51 of cars.
Convertibles have been a part of Jaguar's DNA since day one. Legends like the XK120, E-Type, and XJS are deeply ingrained in Jaguar's heritage as comfortable tourers with a sporting attitude. The XK continued to hold the candle as the relaxed, sporting gentleman's convertible since it was released in the 1990s.
The Los Angeles Auto Show's a great place to show a convertible because L.A. is a great place to drive a convertible roughly 357.4 days a year. And what better drop-top to unveil early than the Jaguar XKR-S convertible, the fastest, meanest Jaaaaaaag convertible ever?
Fifty years ago, Jaguar commandeered a lakeside villa off Geneva's Quai Gustav Ador, where it unwrapped a grand tourer Enzo Ferrari would later call the "most beautiful car ever made." That was the E-Type. Today, in celebration, here's the XKR-S.
The Jaguar XKR is undeniably a sexy beast of a car. That being said, adding an "S" to the end of the name, tweaking the suspension and tires, and futzing with the nose styling apparently doesn't add up to a car fast enough to justify US sales. Jag USA has decided the S model, having the same 175 MPH top speed and same…