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2007 Jaguar XKR

2007 Jaguar XKR

2007 Jaguar XKR

2007 Jaguar XKR

2007 Jaguar XKR

2007 Jaguar XKR interior

2007 Jaguar XKR

Year (of specifications) 2007
Engine 4196 cc V8
Transmission 6-speed, sequential auto
Max speed 155 mph (limited)
0-60 mph 4.9 seconds
Horsepower 420 bhp @ 6250 rpm
weight 1665 kg / 3670 lbs

The 2007 Jaguar XKR features an all-aluminium body providing a stiff platform for little weight, a supercharged 4.2 litre V8 developing 420 horsepower, and a 6 speed sequential manual gearbox which allows the driver to shift using steering wheel mounted paddles or a conventional automatic gear selector.

Available in coupe or convertible form, the 2007 Jaguar XKR is lighter, stiffer and more powerful than the previous generation XKR. Uprated springs and dampers and recalibrated Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS) provide enhanced ride and handling characteristics.

“Our aim when engineering the new XKR was to ensure that the car’s characteristics remained in balance despite the significant increase in power over the XK,” explains Jaguar’s chief engineer, Mike Cross. “Working with that as our base, our brief was to create ‘XK plus 30%’ – the ultimate sports GT for the real world.

“We wanted the performance and dynamism you would expect of an XKR but were careful to retain that exceptional blend of sporting luxury that every Jaguar must have and which is so convincingly demonstrated with the XK. The bottom line is that if you like the XK, you’ll absolutely love the new XKR.”

The addition of an Eaton supercharger and twin air intakes means the new XKR benefits from a 120bhp (SAE) power increase over the normally aspirated 4.2-litre XK with which it shares its base engine. Torque has also been significantly increased – up by 36% over the XK.

Styling enhancements over the standard XK are subtle yet noticeable, especially from the front. Bonnet vents and a more aggressive front facia are the main giveaways. However to the trained eye, unique alloy wheels, black brake calipers, aluminum side vents and quad exhausts also set the XKR apart.

Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum explains the thinking behind the look of the 2007 Jaguar XKR:

“We talk at Jaguar of how our new generation of models are ‘beautiful, fast cars’. It’s a phrase that sums up our brand and can be applied to every car we design. We were extremely proud of the reaction to the new XK when it was unveiled last year – it is as beautiful as you would expect a Jaguar sports car to be. Now the new XKR has a look that emphasises the ‘fast’ aspect of our design statement.

“The ‘powerline’ that runs from the front wheel through the cabin area and into the car’s rear haunches remains and we have added to that latent feeling of power by adding some strong performance features such as the louvres that signify the potent supercharger and the stunning new alloys that fill the wheel arches and give the car real purpose.”

Inside, the XKR’s cabin represents a truly sophisticated yet driver-focussed environment. The XKR has world class ergonomics, user-friendly in-car technology and simple, clear information displays in the instrument panel and main dashboard area.

A unique sports seat design with additional lateral support for both the driver and front seat passenger has been created, with an ‘R’ badge on the headrests, tachometer, steering wheel and gear selector. The design of the standard aluminium interior trim is also unique to the XKR, featuring a ‘weave’ pattern from the Jaguar Advanced Lightweight Coupe design concept that was first shown at the 2005 North American International Auto Show.

XKR customers can also specify the Luxury Sports interior option which features softgrain leather on the 16-way adjustable seats, instrument panel, door trim and centre console.

Similar and related vehicles:
- Jaguar XK (2006)
- Jaguar XKR 4.2 S Coupe (2005)
- Jaguar XJ220
- Jaguar XJR-15
- Jaguar AL Coupe concept

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