Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Jaguar XKR-S Convertible Spied

Jaguar XKR-S Convertible

Jaguar officially unveiled the hardcore XKR-S at the Geneva Motor Show. We were thoroughly impressed with its aggressive looks and monumental exhaust note. Some might say that sacrificing comfort and refinement is not the Jaguar way, but this is more of a “what if?” sort of monster

While we’re on the subject, and taking into account the fact that the XK was designed from the ground up to keep it rigidity in convertible form: What if we cut the roof off and make the XKR-S a convertible?

The Jaguar XKR-S Convertible was spied when testing at Nürburgring. Being tested was a red Nürburgring prototype that looked pretty complete, which points to the fact that its launch pad can't be too far away, even if it's only an unveiling, and that points to the Frankfurt Auto Show to be held next month.

Powertrain and performance details could mirror the coupe. Figures for the Jaguar XKR-S Convertible droptop would produce 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque that comes from the 5.0-liter V8. The Jaguar XKR-S Convertible hardtop would get to 60 kmph in 4.2 seconds.

As you can see from these spyshots, the changes to the body over the regular XKR-S Convertible include a more aggressive-looking front bumper, re-profiled side skirts, additional air vents on the hood and bumpers, a large rear wing and a redesigned rear bumper housing a diffuser and four exhaust tips.

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