Jaguar Cars

Hefty price for 'big cat'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 December, 2011, 12:00am


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The new Jaguar XKR-S is the marque's fastest and most powerful production car, and the coupe version has just arrived in Hong Kong. The model seems ideal for cross-border highway runs, comfortable inside, and should impress the city's rich at bonus time.

Selling for HK$2.368 million and powered by a five-litre supercharged V8 engine, the XKR-S was launched in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Built on a lightweight aluminium platform, the 550-horsepowered coupe can deliver 680Nm of torque via a six-speed automatic transmission to reach 100km/h in 4.4 seconds and up to 300km/h on 20-inch alloys wheels with Pirelli P Zero tyres.

Jaguar has also fitted the 1,753kg fastie with 'substantially revised' suspension, springs, dampers and stability electronics to ensure the model's 'composure and traction' at such speeds.

On combined town and country runs the model consumes 12.3 litres of petrol per 100km on a 74-litre tank and emits 292 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre. The 4.794-metre-long, 1.312m-high 1.892m-wide coupe has a 2.752m wheelbase and a turning radius of 10.9m.

The coupe also sounds sportier, thanks to Jaguar's new chrome-tipped 'Performance active exhaust', the marque says.

The XKR-S's body has a new front and rear side intakes and carbon-fibre splitter, a 10cm lower ride height and LED daytime running lights.

The model's lines are shaped for speed using 'extensive computational fluid dynamics development work', Jaguar says. Such tweaks reduced front and rear lift by more than a quarter and optimised lateral aerodynamic stability, it adds.

Inside, the XKR-S has a new three-spoke new leather-wrapped, multifunction steering wheel, Jaguar-embossed, stainless steel pedals and sports seats with shoulder wings 'for close support during hard cornering', and 16-way adjustment, memory and heating functions. When you press the red start button, 'the engine fires with an rich, deep reverberation' and the Jaguar Drive Selector rises from the centre console, Jaguar says.

Other fitments include automatic climate control with humidity control, air particle and odour filtration and dual-zone temperature control for driver and front passenger, a 7-inch touch-screen Directory System with a GPS navigation device, and a 525-watt Bowers and Wilkins surround sound system, local dealer Jaguar Hong Kong says.