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Jaguar will build a production version of the 523-hp Goodwood Special XKR that debuted at last years Goodwood Festival of Speed. Jaguar managing director Mike O’Driscoll confirmed the plans in an interview with PistonHeads.com, commenting that the new model would essentially be a production version of the one-off show car.
Power will come from a modified version of the XKR’s 5.0-liter supercharged engine, likely making the same 523-hp and 516 ft-lbs of torque as the concept. Top speed is rated at 186-mph and to prove the car is no slouch in the corners either, Jag has admitted a test mule just ran the Nürburgring in under 8 minutes. (Hopefully quite a bit less)
There’s no word on when the production model would debut, but we bet Goodwood would be the perfect venue, with the annual Festival of Speed set to kick off in early July.
GALLERY: Jaguar XKR Goodwood Special
[Source: PistonHeads via InsideLine]
As of today the revised 2010 Jaguar XF Supercharged is on sale in the U.S. at a starting price of $68,000. The new model improves over the ’09 model, most notably, under the hood where a larger 5.0-liter engine gets supercharged for a total of 470hp – 50 more than the previous model. Torque is also up, with 424 ft-lbs available. This gives the new XF Supercharged a 0-60 mph time of just 4.9 seconds.
Other highlights include new 20-inch wheels, larger brake rotors, an updated adaptive damping suspension and revised differential controls.
Inside, occupants will be treated to upgrades like contrasted stitching on the dash an door tops, an Alcantara headliner, heated steering wheel and a Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system.
“The Jaguar XF Supercharged will offer consumers a compelling luxury sedan choice with benchmark handling ability and truly memorable performance,” says Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Jaguar Cars. “This new luxury performance XF Supercharged sedan builds on the tremendous momentum Jaguar has achieved by introducing beautiful fast cars such as the XK sports car, the XF and the XKR and XFR models.”
Surprisingly, at 470hp, the XF Supercharged isn’t the most powerful model in the lineup, as a 510hp XFR can also be had for $80,000.
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If we told you Jaguar built a special one-off version of the new XKR grand tourer for the Goodwood Festival of Speed and painted it green, you would no doubt assume it would be a typically-British green. You know, British Racing Green, a color so dark it looks black in the shade.
Oh no… the one-off 2010 Goodwood Special Jaguar XKR is lime green. How uncouth!
Jaguar hasn’t released all the details on this special edition, but expect output from the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 to exceed the stock car’s 510 ponies. Jaguar also promises it will be much louder than stock.
Additionally, the Goodwood Special XKR will get a set of dark-colored 21-inch wheels with a lowered ride height and dark “satin graphite” paint for the mirrors, window surrounds, grilles and headlight casings.
“The XKR ‘Goodwood Special’ has been developed as a one-off to explore the harder side of the XKR’s character and allow our engineering team to explore some performance boundaries,” said Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Jaguar Cars. “The Festival of Speed gives us the opportunity to have fun in a high performance car without all the practical and legal requirements of driving on the road getting in the way!”
Jaguar will present the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 3-5th alongside the 1957 Le Mans winning long-nose D-type, a Le Mans-winning Jaguar C-Type, the one-of-one Jaguar XJ13 race car and the 225mph Bonneville XFR. All of the vehicles will partake in the Goodwood HillClimb.
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At the Shanghai Auto Show Jaguar teased the press with a short video (above) of the upcoming XJ flagship model, which will officially debut in July.
While the video certainly doesn’t show much, Jaguar Managing Director Mike O’Driscoll did have some interesting news to report. The 2010 XJ will be significantly lighter than past models due to a new all-aluminum chassis.
Jaguar’s entire lineup of engines will also be offered including the 510hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8 and the economical diesel V6. Both a standard and long wheelbase model will be offered.
As for design highlights, O’Driscoll did say that the car will come with a panoramic glass roof, however, he did not comment on the XF-inspired styling that he spoke of previously.
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