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by Tim Beissmann

The Jaguar XKR-S Convertible will make its international debut at next week’s 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The XKR-S Convertible will join the XKR-S Coupe at the pinnacle of the British luxury brand’s sports car range. The XKR-S is the fastest and most powerful production Jaguar ever created.

The 405kW/680Nm supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine from the Coupe will find its way under the long bonnet of the Convertible. Although it will be heavier than the Coupe, the XKR-S Convertible should still sprint from 0-100km/h in well below five seconds (the hardtop does it in 4.4 seconds).

Whether the XKR-S ragtop will be able to match the Coupe’s 300km/h top speed is unknown at this stage. The full details are expected to be revealed next week.

Jaguar Australia is not commenting on its plans for the XKR-S Convertible until the LA Auto Show, although we’re hopeful the soft-top supercar will follow in the Coupe’s footsteps and make its way Down Under sometime in 2012.

 

If the XKR-S Convertible does go on sale in Australia, it will be priced above the $340,000 Coupe. It’s likely to be somewhere in the region of $370,000, putting it in the same league as the Aston Martin DB9 Volante, Audi R8 Spyder, Maserati GranCabrio and the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet.

Which one would you pick? Let us know in the comments section below.




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