Be afraid: it’s the Jag XKR-S GT

28 March, 2013 | by Sam Philip

Jaguar’s ‘R’ division turns 25 this year and, to celebrate its quarter-century, Jag’s performance wing has cooked itself a very special birthday cake: the most racingest road car in its history.

This is the alphabetastic XKR-S GT – the harder, faster, more track-focused version of Jag’s already decidedly hard, fast, and track-focused XKR-S – and it wants to dismember your adorable childhood pets in new and creative ways. This is a one mean mother of a track-focused XK.

All those wings and flicks and gobbets of carbon fibre? OK, they might not do much for the XK’s sleek lines, but they’re all functional, contributing to 145kg of downforce at the XKR-S GT’s 299kph top speed.

The GT retains the XKR-S’s supercharged 404kW 5.0-litre V8, but a set of massive new rear tyres – 305/30s, no less – help it translate all that power to a 0-100kph time of 3.9 seconds, half a second quicker than the XKR-S.

It’s the first road-going Jaguarever to get carbon ceramic brakes, which save 21kg over the XKR-S, and – alongside a new track-spec suspension set-up including Eibach springs – should help contribute to Jag’s projected Nurburgring lap time of ‘under 7 minutes 40 seconds’. That’s Lexus LFA territory. That’s quick.

Jaguar says just 30 GTs (that right, only 30) will be built, with 25 of them destined for the USA. At the moment they’re not shipping any to South Africa, but a source at Jag says if enough noise is made, we might just get lucky. You know what to do, internet…



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