2012 Jaguar XKR-S

The winding mountain roads that crisscross the mountains and the hills around Portimao, Portugal, showed me that Jaguar, with its new XKR-S, the performance more seriously than ever before.

Although it is based on the luxurious and sporty coupe XKR, the XKR-S is equipped with the modifications that make the car even sportier. The aesthetic changes are obvious: a front splitter in carbon fiber rear wing and diffuser, plus a new front fascia with a black grille and the baffles.

Changes to the compressor and direct injection V-8 increases power and torque of 503 lb.-ft. to 461 hp and 550 hp and 502 lb-ft respectively. The main changes affecting the data engine and exhaust upgrades. Equipment for new bypass reduces the restriction exhaust to increase power and sound. Based on engine load and speed, the flap is normally closed position to keep neighbors and federal regulators happy speed in March. In sport, but the exhaust is open throughout the rev range. To demonstrate the sound of the 5.0-liter V-8, the shutter stays open at idle regardless of what mode the engine is in. .. a nice touch.

Although on the basis of a luxurious sports coupe XKR, the XKR-S is equipped with the modifications that make the car even sportier. Cosmetic changes are obvious: the United Nations before cutting carbon fiber that, the rear wing and diffuser of the UN, more new front fascia grille WITH ERP Black and deflectors.

Suspension changes reflect a similar upgrade. The A-pillars are rigid, the ride height reduced by 10 mm and the spring rates increased by 28 percent front and 32% in the back. The XKR is electrically adjustable dampers are kept, but was re-calibrated with curves stiffer damping function of both standard and dynamic in order to better control the pitch and roll of all-aluminum frame.

The addition of a locking differential electro-mechanical tower in revisions to improve the performance of the XKR-S. A stepper motor can act on a clutch to adjust the amount of blockage between the rear wheels from 0 to 100 percent, reducing the dreaded break a wheel off the corner.

However, revisions to the XKR-S behave more like a true sports car with a sporty luxury coupe.

Seeing the car on the racetrack Portugal Algarve techniques proved the point. On the track, provided that the pull of Pirelli P Zero tires-255/35ZR-20 front and 295/30 ZR-20 rear could be sussed from the chassis and steering. Although lightweight and with a bit vague on center feel while driving on the street would be steering becomes progressively heavier as they approached the front handle maximum. Thanks to the dynamic function is activated, you can tell not only when you get on the brakes in Apex, but how was steep angle. The gap assets worked well because we have never had a wheel slip in the Algarve many sharp bends or winding roads around Portimao.

TracDSC, track electronic stability control for a particular setting, it is surprisingly fun. Betting Limits are easy to read, and if you have a smooth pedal, the computer provides flexibility in negotiating sharp turns and exit. This provides a network of host security, but still require skills to make the car go fast.

Road around tense and raucous exhaust recall that S is not the standard XKR. Ministry of Interior may look the same, but different materials and color palette revised to set the S apart. The only leather headliner, stainless steel pedals and a sturdy, yet comfortable, racing-style seats (stitching only) complete the interior.

Overall, an impressive effort. Hearing the sound of the engine and move quickly to put the changes down through rowing is a unique experience in a Jaguar, especially when then turn the car on a curve and feels the address of responding slowly to the weight of the force turns. After successful application of throttle and a pair of ascending snappingly turtleneck is ready for the next round.

The new Jaguar XKR-S 2012 is expected in dealerships shortly, priced at $ 132 000.


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