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2010-02-18 07:54
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Jaguar
Model XKR Speed Pack
Engine 5l supercharged V8
Power 375kW @ 6 000r/min
Torque 625Nm @ 2 500r/min
Transmission Six-speed auto
Zero To Hundred 4.9 sec
Top Speed 280km/h
Jaguar will showcase its fastest ever XKR coupe at the Geneva motor show, but is it just a simple speed governor tweak with some graphics?

Instead of an authentic performance upgrade, the new XKR "Speed Pack" extends the big cat’s top speed potential from its current 250km/h "soft limiter" to a more autobahn-certified 280km/h, thanks to a engine and transmission ECU recalibration.

Power remains unchanged, with the direct-injection, Eaton supercharged 5l V8 still producing 375kW and 625Nm.

Mesh grille - wow

To dovetail with the XKR Speed Pack’s increase in cruising speed, Jaguar has revised certain styling elements to aid aerodynamics.

A new front splitter and larger surface rear spoiler are alleged to expertly mange airflow at speed, whilst reworked mesh grilles and chrome surface accents add a dollop of style.

No pseudo-performance upgrade would be complete without a set of regulation 20-inch alloy wheels and Jaguar has signed off special Kasunga wheels to fill the XKR’s wheelarches in ‘Speed Pack’ trim.

Hidden behind those Kasungas are red "R' badged brake calipers.

Elegant XKR shape now contrasted by a very unsubtle side graphic arrangement.

Going black

If the idea of some styling bits, a more liberal speed governor and fancy alloys don’t quite take your fancy, you can always embellish the XKR even more. Jaguar will offer a special, and rather curiously named, "Black Pack" as an add-on to the "Speed Pack".

As befits the name, the XKR "Black Pack" coats the car’s exterior surfacing with a surfeit of glossy black bits, with the Kasuga alloys exchanged for Klimnos wheels. 

Controversially there is also a rather brash ‘XKR’ side graphic embellishing the "Black Pack" XKR’s flanks, which is hardly characteristic of Jaguar’s traditional styling elegance.

In fact, the only contemporary performance car we can think of which actually carries the burden of crassness a side-graphic brings with some aplomb is Porsche's 911 GT3 RS…

So, Jaguar’s XKR "Speed" and "Black Pack" models – lazy engineering or conceited marketing? You decide…


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