Published on November 18th, 2011 | by Seán Ward0
Jaguar XKR-S Debuts at LA Auto Show
Debuted at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, the convertible has lost very little of the menace seen in the coupé.
The 5 litre supercharged V8 engine produces 542 bhp and 680 Nm of torque, more than its main rival, the Aston Martin DBS Volanté.
The 0-60 mph sprint takes just 4.2 seconds, and 0-100 mph 8.7 seconds, thanks to a very quick six-speed semi-automatic gearbox.
The top speed, Jaguar claims, is only 186 mph, but with over 540 bhp, it will probably do a little more than that in reality.
Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, famous for creations like the previous XK and the Aston Martin DB7, said that “Taking the track-oriented ethos of the XKR-S Coupe and applying it to a convertible is very exciting.
“There is a real spirit and thrill to driving with the roof down and in a car capable of these speeds that is going to be exaggerated to create a very dramatic and special experience.”
Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Global Brand Director, added the new XKR-S Convertible represents the pinnacle of performance and glamour in motoring: “There is nothing as liberating as life behind the wheel of an open-topped Jaguar and the new XKR-S Convertible takes the Jaguar GT experience to new heights.”
To cope with the roof loss, chassis stiffness has been increased by 23%, in theory making it a more focussed and responsive car than the Coupé. The Adaptive Dampening system has increased suspension stiffness too by 28%.
And to keep it on the road, the convertible features the usual traction control systems and Pirelli P-Zero tyres.