A lot of car companies have been celebrating anniversaries this year. Jaguar is no exception, as the British sportscar manufacturer has reached the ripe age of 75.
In order to really celebrate the three quarters of a century since its birth, a limited series Jaguar XKR 75 has been revealed, boasting improved power and unique options.
The XKR 75 uses an upgraded version of the supercharged 5.0-liter V8, now capable of 530 HP (20 HP more than the stock XKR) and 483 lb-ft of torque. Performance figures now show a 0 to 62 mph sprint in 4.4 seconds and a limited top speed of 174 mph.
As you can see above, a special Stratus Grey finish decorates the XKR 75, with an optional body graphic also present. Red brake calipers clash with the 20-inch Vortex wheels, decorated in a dark finish and diamond turn. Charcoal leather with contrast ivory stitching is present on the inside, while a piano black finish decorates the center console.
Only 75 units of the Jaguar XKR 75 will be made, each retailing in the UK for £85,500. You will be able to examine and drool over this special Jag at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Jaguar executives have confirmed that a high performance version of the XKR will appear around the end of the year.
According to the guys at Autocar, the lime-green XKR Goodwood Special (pictured above), will serve as the basis for this much hotter Jag.
For those that don’t remember, the XKR Goodwood Special featured, besides the electrifying paint scheme, an upgraded 5.0-liter V8 engine, capable of 530 HP and 515 lb-ft of torque. Besides the increased power, the suspension was lowered, the exhaust was optimized and larger wheels were added.
According to the rumors, the production-ready performance XKR will be able to reach 186 mph (or 300 km/h). Executives have also confirmed that prototype models have lapped the Nurburgring track in 7:58, a very impressive time.
Jaguar will show off a very aggressive special edition of its XKR model at the Geneva Motor Show. It combines two already available equipment and performance packages that were available for order with the standard XKR.
The first one is the Speed Pack, which does just what it says, increasing the electronically limited top speed of the Jag from 155 to 174 mph. But besides recalibrating the engine and transmission to cope with the extra speed, this pack also brings body-colored side sills, a rear diffuser, chrome-finished window surrounds and mesh grilles for the upper and lower part of the fascia.
The second one is the Black Pack, which is available for black (duh!) white or red paint jobs, and brings with it 20-inch alloy wheels, window surrounds and grilles all finished in gloss black. Also feature is new stitching colors for the interior.
Overall, if you fancy a more aggressive and individual Jag, these new options for the XKR will make it happen.
Jaguar is one of the most successful British brands when it comes to motorsport, establishing itself in such competitions for 75 years. Now, the company has just announced that it will be entering this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans competition with a factory-sponsored XKR GT2 model, run by the JaguarRSR team.
The company is seeking once again to become the best of the best, albeit in the GT2 category and not the full-pledge one. It has also emphasized its success in the competition, managing to win at Le Mans in its first year of participation in 1951 with the C-Type, and continue with models like the D-Type or the XJR prototypes, which ran in the early 1990s (all pictured above).
US Jaguar fans will also be able to enjoy this special XKR GT2 model in the American Le Mans Series, in which it will also participate.
The facelifts for the Jaguar XK and XKR are scheduled to be presented at the Paris Motor Show in October. Meanwhile, here are some spy photos of the cars, caught in Mahway, New Jersey, while they were out performing hot weather testing. From what we can see, the cars will feature a new front bumper with restyled air intakes, slightly redesigned rear bumpers and new LED taillights. Besides that, the cars will get stiffened suspension and quicker steering, plus Jaguar’s new drive-select transmission interface.
After the Paris debut, the Jaguar XK and XKR facelifts will go on sale early next year.
Besides the Jaguar XJ Portfolio, the British car maker will show another special edition at the Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar XKR Portfolio. The car will have an all aluminum lightwieght body and will be powered by Jaguar’s 420 hp supercharged 4.2 liter V8 engine mated to a six-speed Jaguar Sequential Shift Transmission with paddleshift gear change.
The car is painted in an exclusive Shadow Grey metallic color and will feature 20 inch Selena alloy wheels, milled aluminum power vents, Portfolio trunk lid signature badge, plus a choice of dark grey or black hood colors for the convertible. On the interior soft-grain, contrast stitched leather covers the seats, instrument panel, center console, door inners, rear side panels and steering wheel, Rich Oak veneer or Engine Spin Aluminum fascia finish, alloy and leather gear selector, unique tread plates with Portfolio script and leather edged carpet mats plus Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system, with 525W Premium audio, featuring low distortion Kevlar mid-range speakers and aluminum dome speakers.
Jaguar already started taking orders for the Jaguar XKR Portfolio and the first cars will be delivered in June 2008.
Check out more photos and the full press release after the jump.