It will also feature 21-inch wheels, a different exhaust and a torque figure of around 700Nm from its tweaked 5.0-litre supercharged engine. To satisfy the German market, the new XKR is said to have a top speed in excess of 300km/h, and according to UK magazine Autocar, it has already lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes 58 seconds. Not bad at all.
It's expected to launch later this year, with Jaguar boss Mike O'Driscoll reported as telling UK site Pistonheads, ""This is definitely not a level of performance anyone would have associated with the XKR before now."
With Jaguar and Aston Martin playing friendly next-door neighbour rivalry, it'll be interesting to see how the new XKR compares with Aston's, ahem, astonishing V12 Vantage.