Jaguar XKR-S Convertible arrives in Los Angeles
The fastest open-top GT in Jaguar’s history has been introduced this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, a car that is motivated by a V8 supercharged 5.0-liter engine that pumps out 550 hp and a peak torque of 501 lb.-ft (680 Nm). It enables the gorgeous convertible to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 4.2 seconds, en route to an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).
Design-wise, the XKR-S Convertible borrows a lot of the design cues of its coupe sibling, including here the new design for the nose, the vented bonnet, a front bumper that has twin side inlets, new sills, new rear wing that has a carbon insert on the outside, along with a carbon fiber trim for the interior.
Even though the car has lost its top, the British automaker said that the XKR-S Convertible’s aluminum chassis has a very high torsional rigidity, which they say makes it the stiffest vehicle in its class thanks to the implementation of reinforced rear suspension damper mounts.
The front suspension of the convertible has a new aluminum steering knuckle that increases camber stiffness by 23%, which improves the accuracy of the steering as well as feedback. In order to diminish the steering sensitivity at high speeds, Jaguar has uprated the Active Differential.
The stopping power is guaranteed by the 380 mm (front) and 376 mm (rear) disc brakes which come as standard with the model. In addition, the carmaker has revised the car’s dynamic stability control system to lower the intervention level when the driver chooses the Trac mode.
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