2013 New York Auto Show: 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT
2013 New York Auto Show
What Is It?
2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT
What's Special About It?
The sixth vehicle in Jaguar's burgeoning R stable, the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT, is by far the brand's most insane vehicle.
Essentially a tweaked, track-tuned version of the XKR-S, the XKR-S GT carries on with the 550-horsepower supercharged V8 and six-speed automatic, but adds a host of handling and aero upgrades to tame the brute.
The first step in taming the wicked delivery of those 502 pound-feet of torque comes by way of some new shoes. The 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT is shod with wider Pirelli Corsa tires (255/35 and 305/30) wrapped around 20-inch forged alloy wheels. The brakes, too, are heavily modified. The XKR-S GT features Jaguar's first ever use of carbon-ceramic brakes on a street car. The discs are 15.7 inches up front and 15 inches in the rear. Six-piston fixed calipers squeeze up front, while four-pot calipers do the work out back.
On the handling side of things, new height-adjustable adaptive dampers are included, and spring rates are up by 68 percent in front and 25 percent in the rear. Suspension arms, wheel bearings, bushings and rear subframe are also all-new.
Functional aerodynamic modifications were made to the XKR-S GT as well to ensure proper grip at the types of speeds that 550 hp can generate. The carbon-fiber splitter sticks out from the front by 2.4 inches. The dive-planes and wheel arch extensions are also made of carbon fiber and manage airflow. Finally, the aluminum front undertray and massive rear wing are added to this mix. The result is 320 pounds of downforce at the car's electronically limited top speed of 186 mph.
What Edmunds says:
Jaguar is building 30 of the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GTs at a price of $174,895. We hope some will see the track and not just the inside of a climate-controlled garage.
Base Price: $174,895
Engine: 5.0-liter supercharged V8
Gearbox: Six-speed automatic
Power: 550 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm, 502 pound-feet of torque @ 2,500-5,500 rpm
Fuel Mileage: N/A