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Celebrating 25 years of Jaguar R cars

From racing to road cars

Toni Avery
Mar 28, 2013

Jaguar is celebrating 25 years of the R performance line with an impressive history of both road cars and race cars. The R line of Jaguar cars brings sophisticated performance with the driving pleasure of a comfortable road car. Racing inspired, the R line also features a distinctive design as well as high quality materials.

Road cars did not begin the long R line, rather the XJR Jaguar did in 1983, starting a long line of R cars to compete in various well-known races. Below is a list of just some of the R brand cars:

1998-1993 XJR-S, 1143 made

The R brand officially launched in 1988 with the XJR-S as a celebration models after Jaguar's 1988 Le Mans win. The model, finished in Tungsten Grey, sold out within days. Through many engine reconfigurations, a 6.0 liter V12 was offered in Jaguar's standard range.

1998-1994 XJ40 XJR, 1243 made

This XJR was the first of what would be many saloons wearing the KJR badge. The car used less chrome, but at the same time added other aesthetic features such as a color-keyed trim and a matt black grille. The XJ40 XJR used a more aerodynamically efficient bodykit resulting better handling and more power.

1998-2006 XKR, 23,791 made

At its launch, the XKR was not only the fastest-accelerating standard production Jaguar ever made, but it was also the first XKR made. Using the same engine configuration as the XJR saloon, limited run versions of the XKR were built to celebrate Sir William Lyon's centenary.

2003-2010 X350/X358 XJR, 7316 made

The first jaguar to use an aluminum monocoque construction, it weighed 308 pounds less yet it was 60% stiffer. The car used CATS-controlled suspension and Bilstein dampers.

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