Powered by Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8, the Jaguar XJR debuted today at an event one day before the 2013 New York Auto Show media preview days begin.
Built on the brand’s all-aluminum architecture, the executive sedan can reach 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds and drinks gas to the tune of 15 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway or a combined 18. The thirsty cat governs its guzzling through the same mainstay eight-speed automatic found in other Jag and Land Rover products.
All that power would go to waste without an improved suspension, and Jaguar says it has re-tuned the car for both road and track performance. There are also new 20-inch wheels shod in Pirelli tires made specifically for Jaguar.
Selectable driving modse also adjust the suspension to be firmer in “Dynamic” mode while the stability control system’s “Trac DSC” setting will let XJR owners take the car closer to its limits than others in the XJ range.
Predictable cabin changes are also in place with the “R” logo embossed in the seats , which are trimmed in black leather with the owner’s choice of ivory, tan or red inserts.
There’s no question that with the car’s aluminum chassis, powerful engine and sport-tuned suspension it has track capability… but should the standard equipment include a defibrillator for some of its more geriatric owners?
Jokes aside, Jaguar’s lightweight chassis is proving to be full of pleasant surprises and it’s hard to imagine this car will disappoint.
GALLERY: 2014 Jaguar XJR
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