April 16, 2018
There have been several versions of the XKR with the newest being the most powerful. The 5.0 litre V8 engine the new version comes with is supercharged and produces 420bhp which makes this a powerful car. The older model was already powerful but the newer version has been lightened as well as adding more power which now makes it phenomenal. Thankfully, it's also been stiffened to cope with this extra performance.
The XKR is a sporty number that follows on from the XK pedigree. This means that it's great on the track with its extremely responsive throttle, steering and brakes. This car is sharp and you can feel it wanting to push. You're also more able to manhandle it than you are its cousin the XFR with whom it shares many of its basic traits. There is lots of torque with this car too and you can really feel this Autel MaxiTPMS PAD, especially when you change up from third to fourth. The XKR comes with a flappy paddle gearbox which again makes ideally suited to the track. The ride on the XKR is firm but not too hard, it feels nicely controlled which is just what you want when going around tight corners and sharp bends.
Practically, though, the Jaguar XKR is still ok. It was originally built as a grand tourer but has now moved to a more sporty model. You could still use it as a family car though. There is limited space in the back but you could fit small children in if necessary and there is a boot. Other practicalities aren't a concern though. For those eco-warriors out there the XKR has a special system which means that the gas from the exhaust is recirculated internally and so the car's CO2 emissions are lower than with other cars - only 292g/km of CO2 is released. This is still in the highest bracket though so if the environment is your most important concern then perhaps this isn't the car for you. It's not cheap to run as it's in insurance group 19/20 and tax on it is 35%. It also only does around 20mpg but if the main reason you're buying it is to peg round a track then this may not matter much.
The design of both the older and newer versions of the XKR are pretty similar with just the lower bumper and mesh grille being the only additions. There are also 10" alloys and a larger rear spoiler on the newer version. The Jaguar XKR is one of the prettiest Jaguars and always has been which is why you may not notice the additions to the newer version of the XKR. Inside OBD Tool, the trim has been changed and updated with different leather and aluminium. There is also blue mood lighting. As well as this there is a lot more technology in the car. All of these added things are why a used Jaguar XKR will cost you at least £9,000 and that's for an older registration.Pete J Ridgard is a writer and a car enthusiast. He currently writes for the automotive industry. Here he discusses Used Jaguar cars.
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