Jaguar has used the New York Motor Show to bust out a new, performance focussed version of its already hoon-oriented Jaguar XKR-S. This, ladies and speed-loving germs, is the Jaguar XKR-S GT – a thugged-out, track-ready ubermodel that features a host of new parts designed to help it frighten anyone brave enough to get behind the wheel.
We’re not exaggerating here. The standard Jaguar XKR-S is mental. It’ll chew you up, spit you out, chew you up again then deposit what’s left of you through its rear exhausts no sooner than you look at it. So it’s fair to say this XKR-S GT is going to be as friendly as Kim Jong Un with a raging hangover.
The car uses the same 5-litre supercharged V8 as the standard XKR-S, kicking out the same, slightly absurd 550bhp, and the same six-speed automatic gearbox. Stickier, wider 305-section Pirelli Corsa tyres help get the power down better though, so 0-60mph is now deposited in 3.9 seconds rather than the standard car’s 4.2.
The Jaguar XKR-S GT should corner a damn sight better than the standard XKR-S. It’s blessed with a carbon fibre aero package that adds visual menace and a shedload of downforce. That enormous rear wing and various other bits and pieces add an impressive 145kg of downward shove at the car’s 186mph electronically limited top speed.
Obviously, the extra downforce and added stickiness should help it tackle corners with aplomb. To this end, Jaguar has fitted the XKR-S GT with an uprated suspension system. Front and rear spring rates have been boosted 68 and 25 per cent, respectively, while the F-Type’s faster steering rack has been drafted in to make it a more responsive beast in the bends. Stopping power is boosted thanks to carbon ceramic brakes from the good folks at Brembo. These items help reduce weight by 25kg.
Jaguar reckons the XKR-S, with all its tweaks, will conquer the Nurburgring in less than 7 minutes 40 seconds, over ten seconds quicker than the XKR-S. Time will tell, naturally, but on paper it’s all very promising indeed.
Jaguar hasn’t yet confirmed whether the XKR-S GT will go on sale in the UK, but assuming there’s enough demand for the thing we can expect a price tag in the region of £130,000. Have a gander at these XKR-S GT pictures below.