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New York Motor Show 2013: Jaguar XKR-S GT

Carbon aero and underbody tweaks for the fastest Jag ever...

Jaguar has announced the track-focused but road-going 2014 XKR-S GT ahead of the public reveal at the New York Auto Show. The new model celebrates 25 years of the R performance brand.

Developed by the company's Engineered to Order (ETO) division, the XKR-S GT has an aggressive exterior with a carbon fibre front splitter, canards and wheel arch spats. There's also a ventilated hood, a carbon fibre diffuser and a massive carbon rear wing. Other changes include XKR-S GT graphics and new  gloss black 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels with Pirelli Corsa tires that measure 255/35 front and 305/30 rear.

The sporty styling carries over to the interior as it is equipped with leather / Alcantara sport seats, red contrast stitching, aluminium paddle shifters and unique sill plates.

Power is provided by the usual supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine from the normal XKR-S putting out 542 bhp and 501 lb/ft of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels via an active electronic differential. The GT is apparently around 75 kg lighter than the standard R-S which enables the GT to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph.

The XKR-S GT’s new aero mods have all been developed just as a GT3 car would be and as such it develops 145 kg of downforce.

For improved handling the model has race-tuned suspension with revised bushings and new adaptive dampers with a "race-derived twin spring system." Other highlights include a new traction control system, an improved steering system and a carbon ceramic braking system with discs that measure 398mm front / 380mm rear.

Production will be limited to 30 units and they will be available exclusively in Polaris White, though sadly only for the US and Canada. If demand is high, Jaguar has said they will consider RHD production, though given that it will cost around £175,000 it’s not likely to find too many buyers when that places it squarely at cars like the McLaren 12C and Ferrari 458.

Images and video courtesy of Jaguar

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more