CarAdvice’s Anthony Crawford was recently invited to the international launch of the all-new Jaguar XKR-S at Autodromo Internacional do Algarve race circuit in Portugal.
The Jaguar XKR-S is the most potent big cat to ever emerge from the company’s Birmingham factory. Its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine produces 404kW of power and 680Nm of torque, propelling the coupe from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds and all the way to its 300km/h top speed.
As Anthony explained in Part One of his review, Jaguar design director Ian Callum makes no apologies for the dramatic styling of the XKR-S:
“The styling of this car isn’t about image, it’s about true performance,” Mr Callum said. “Like other iconic Jaguars before it, the styling has been driven by geometry and aerodynamics for genuine design purity.
“The physics required to achieve 300km/h have led to the aesthetic. If you don’t like the way it looks, you probably won’t like the way it drives either.”
It’s not just a brutal track car, however. In Part Two of his review, Anthony described the XKR-S as “a high-end luxury coupe that’s just as at home in London traffic as it is down the main straight of the Autodromo at 270km/h”.
Jaguar Australia has confirmed local deliveries of the $340,000 Jaguar XKR-S will commence in the fourth quarter of 2011.