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by Tim Beissmann

Jaguar has revealed the first details and images of what is its “most potent series production car ever” – the Jaguar XKR-S – ahead of its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

The XKR-S is powered by an uprated supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine, which now produces 405kW of power and 680Nm of torque. The standard XKR produces 375kW and 625Nm.

The extra performance sees the XKR-R join the 300km/h club, with its top speed bang on the mark. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is also a slick 0.4 seconds quicker than the XKR, and is achieved in 4.4 seconds. Put simply, it’s the quickest Jaguar in history.

The XKR-S also joins the 300 club for emissions. Jaguar says it is the only car in its class to emit less than 300g/km CO2 in combined cycle driving.

The XKR-S also promises to be the most responsive, driver-focused and agile vehicle from the British marque, with front and rear suspension tweaks and a reprogramed adaptive dynamics system allowing enthusiastic drivers to further push the handling boundaries.

Jaguar Australia’s Narine Salmasi said the local arm was very excited about the unveiling of the XKR-S halo car, and although it was too early to confirm an Australian launch, admitted it was on top of the wish list.

“We would be disappointed if we couldn’t offer it here, so we’re hopeful,” Ms Salmasi said.

“It’s in the early stages, but we’re working on it, no doubt.”

An Australian-specification XKR-S would obviously come with a price tag in excess of the $255,000 XKR Coupe. We will have to wait and see whether it joins another 300 club and cracks $300,000, or sneaks in below that figure if and when it is confirmed for Australia.

More details of the 2011 Jaguar XKR-S will be revealed when it debuts at Geneva on March 1.




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