Easter weekend may be starting early with the reveals of many cars happening at the New York International Auto Show. So far we have seen the 2014 Range Rover, Jaguar XJR and XKR-S and and a Subaru WRX concept.
The new Sport has much more in common with the Range Rover than the old model, sharing most of its primary suspension and transmission parts and key components of its aluminium monocoque chassis (adopted instead of the original model’s heavy, old-tech, twin-rail steel chassis). The new car is 62mm longer than the outgoing Sport, but still 149mm shorter than the flagship Range Rover, while its wheelbase is 178mm longer than that of its predecessor.
With the new Jaguar flagship sports saloon – the 550PS XJR – combines supercar performance and assertive looks with the high levels of luxury already associated with the XJ range.
The 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine delivering 550PS and 680Nm of torque, the XJR is the most focused, agile and responsive Jaguar XJ ever made. Making the XJR capable of sprinting from zero to 60mph in 4.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds) and on to an electronically limited top speed of 174mph (280km/h).
The XKR-S GT, developed by Jaguar’s ETO division, is the ultimate road-going but track-ready version of the XK coupe. Initial production will be limited to just 30 cars, making it the rarest ‘R’ model in the 25-year history of Jaguar’s R performance cars.
Powered by Jaguar’s proven 550PS, 680Nm supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine – driving through a six-speed transmission and active electronic differential – the XKR-S GT reaches 60mph in 3.9 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 186mph.
Currently there is very little known about this concept car and there is no word on technical specification, but online reports suggest a 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine could be fitted, producing up to 300bhp. Such an engine is likely to be an evolution of the unit fitted to the current WRX STI, still sold in markets outside of the UK.
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