An exclusive Jaguar XKR - the XKR 75 - will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 2. Jaguar Land Rover's new CEO, Dr Ralf Speth, initiated the challenge to the Jaguar engineering team to construct an XKR to celebrate Jaguar's 75th anniversary. It would deliver a combination of performance and chassis upgrades to inspire the driving enthusiast to explore the true potential of the XKR's capabilities.
Mike O'Driscoll, managing director of Jaguar Cars, said: "The XKR 75 will provide owners with exclusivity, excitement and a hint of Jaguar's great heritage. This is a fitting way to celebrate the sporting credentials of the XK marque in the 75th year of the Jaguar name." Jaguar engineers increased the power and torque of the acclaimed 5.0-liter supercharged engine to 530hp and 480 lb-ft respectively for the XKR 75, to deliver outstanding performance.
While the limited edition model's top speed is electronically limited to 174mph (280km/h), the XKR 75's 0-60mph acceleration time is reduced from 4.6 to 4.4-seconds compared to the standard 510hp XKR. Using the rigid lightweight aluminum architecture of the XK as a solid foundation, the increased power of the XKR 75 is matched by an agile, dynamic chassis. The Jaguar XKR 75 features revised suspension for increased precision and agility in addition to the performance enhancements.
To ensure the XKR 75 remains stable at high speeds, a revised aerodynamic body pack with a front splitter, side sills extensions, a rear diffuser and larger rear spoiler provide increased balance and a reduction in lift. The XKR's computerised Active Differential Control also adjusts to reduce steering sensitivity at high speed, further improving stability and driver control. And with an improved acoustics package for the semi-active sports exhaust, the XKR 75 produces a pulse-racing growl to match its performance. The XKR 75 features a new Stratus grey finish. Red brake calipers contrast the eye-catching 20" gloss Vortex forged wheels in a dark finish and diamond turn. Customers will have the option to apply a unique body graphic as well.
The XKR 75's interior completes the driver-focused performance environment, finished in Charcoal with ivory stitching, piano black finish on the dash and center console plus a Jet suedecloth headlining. Final calibration of the car was done in partnership with the RSR engineering team, which has been collaborating with Jaguar on its 2010 motorsport program.
Production of the XKR 75 will be limited to just 75 vehicles, which will be available to order from July 2010 in the UK priced from $128,000. Customer deliveries will commence during October.