2010 Jaguar XKR review

          The 2010 XKR features some big Jaguar innovations, and is worth a serious look for the first time for the suit-and-tie types. It is not all that different from its predecessor, but the few changes key in for a very attractive overall package that both makes a singular design statement and brings the XKR more in line with what most of Europe is up to these days.

         The exterior of XKR are highlighted by a distinctive and purposeful new front end design, new LED rear lights and a new lower rear body valance. New LED rear light clusters incorporating fog lamps plus twin reversing lamps (rather than the previous single lamp units) give every new XK a unique night time signature, while LED technology is also included in the integrated side repeater and approach lamps in the new exterior mirrors.

         The XKR offered by 5.0-litres direct-injection V8 engines comes a new level of performance for the XK, with improved acceleration from standstill and stunning in-gear acceleration times. All models are electronically limited to a maximum speed of 155mph (250kph), but the 0-60mph sprint for naturally aspirated coupe models is now 5.2 seconds (previously 5.9 seconds), while for the supercharged XKR coupe, 0-60mph is 4.6 seconds.


          * Type of engine: Supercharged AJ-V8 Gen III direct-injection
          * Horsepower: 510 bhp SAE
          * Transmission: 6 Speed Automatic
          * Displacement: 5.0 liters
          * Top speed (governor limited): 163 mph
          * Curb weight: 4085 lbs
          * Price (est): $95,000


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