The XKR-S GT Is The Jaaag With A Massive Wing, Carbon Brakes, And The Face Of A Stormtrooper

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This is a big week for Jaguar and Land Rover. The new XJR will debut tomorrow and the new Range Rover Sport is hitting the streets tonight. But this morning I saw a cryptic tweet from Jag's head of PR: They were showing three cars. The third looks to be a coupe with a coffee table mounted on the back. Meet the XKR-S GT.

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It has carbon brakes and a ton of downforce. It also has an Eibach tuned suspension and hits 60 in just 3.9 seconds, making it the fastest Jag ever. It's a North America only model, with 30 total cars being built, 25 of which will be in the USA. There is also no power increase compared to the stock XKR-S.

The 'Ring time is 7:40, making it insanely fast. The aero kit also produces real downforce. Looks cool to me. Probably sounds crazy too.

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Illustration for article titled The XKR-S GT Is The Jaaag With A Massive Wing, Carbon Brakes, And The Face Of A Stormtrooper
Illustration for article titled The XKR-S GT Is The Jaaag With A Massive Wing, Carbon Brakes, And The Face Of A Stormtrooper
Illustration for article titled The XKR-S GT Is The Jaaag With A Massive Wing, Carbon Brakes, And The Face Of A Stormtrooper

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I can't say as I'm a fan of this. I'm sure it'll be fast and fun and all that, but for myself, I'd just as soon have a base XK for a number of reasons. First off, from an aesthetic standpoint, I'm not in middle school anymore. Huge spats and spoilers and wings and vents and whatnot just aren't as appealing to me from a looks standpoint; at least not on a non-race car. It's just fussy and inelegant. Secondly, brute power may always be fun, but there's just too much more that is required to make a great car for brute power alone to be appealing. I'd prefer a car that is better balanced, even if it's significantly slower. And, finally, even the base 5.0 XK is more than powerful enough for anything I'd ever use it for.

Props to Jaguar, though, for going all-out and trying to create some serious performance machines.