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Jaguar XKR

Broadcast dates : 17th October  2004
21st October 2004

One of the most outstanding attributes of our Jaguar XKR test car is undoubtedly its colour. The pale metallic blue is evocative of the E Type Jaguar of the 1960s, many of which were finished in this classic hue.

The XKR is similar in spirit to the E Type in other ways. It is a largish car which demands a purposeful driving style, rather than a nimble sharp handler.

Its rather soft suspension makes it difficult to sense through the steering wheel in some circumstances.

This criticism aside, when pedal is pressed to metal, the XKR justifies its existence.

There is nothing quite like the whine from the supercharged V8 engine.

The accompanying whine when the blower comes into play is the sound of millions of air molecules being compressed by the rotating blades of the supercharger and forced into the engine at high velocity.

Exciting stuff, especially if youíre a petrol head, and the XKR is delivering its claimed maximum of 298 kiloWatts at 6 100 rpm and 553 Newton metres of torque.

Sub-six second 0-100s are on the cards at sea level, where the XKR also has the advantage of running on higher-octane fuel.

Top speed is 250 km/h, more than enough if you have the top off.
David didnít like the classic top folding system with the canvass tonneau cover, but itís easy enough to use.

Jaguar fans would say itís in keeping with the carís old-world heritage, as is the mesh grille and the bonnet vents designed to expel at least a portion of the under-bonnet heat.

The XKR has been with us for some time now and this refresher course has improved its looks. The slight restyle at the rear-end, the frontal treatment and these macho 20-inch wheels make it look as if it means business.

Itís a difficult car to categorize: It lacks the sharp handling of rivals like the SL 55 AMG and even the BMW 645i Convertible, and the brakes could do with some beefing up.

But it has a very unique character, and for those who admire the British way of doing things, they wonít be disappointed.

Jaguar XKR
  • Engine: Supercharged V8, 4 196 cc
  • Power: 2298 kW @ 6 100 rpm
  • Torque: 553 Nm @ 3 500 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed automatic, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 5,2 seconds (claimed) 
  • Top speed: 250 km/h (limited)
  • Fuel consumption: 16,0 litres/100 km (estimated) 
  • Price: R1 051 000

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