Review

Jaguar XKR-S coupe

Price  £97,490

Jaguar XKR-S coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Impressive performance
  • Stunning looks
  • High quality, understated cabin
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Looks too aggressive for some
  • Nissan GT-R is faster and much cheaper

At a glance

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5.0 V8 S/C Petrol XKR-S Coupe 3dr £97,490
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"The Jaguar XKR-S is the fastest, most powerful production car Jaguar has made since the XJ220 supercar."

Jaguar's most extreme version of the XK sports car, the XKR-S features an even more powerful version of the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine and some highly noticeable exterior styling cues. Larger spoilers, wider side skirts and bulging wheelarches combine with dramatic effect to provide the XKR-S with a racing car-like appearance. Capable of an electronically limited 186mph and producing 542bhp the XKR-S can out-accelerate the Aston Martin DBS and the Bentley Continental GT. Inside unique sports seats embossed with R-S badges dominate the otherwise very understated and beautifully made cabin.

MPG, running costs & CO2

2.0 / 5

Highly tuned engine returns respectable economy

Capable of returning 23mpg the XKR-S could hardly be deamed as economical but with such a powerful engine, the figure is impressive. Situated in the highest tax bracket for emissions and with such huge tyres, annual running costs are likely to be very high.

Interior & comfort

3.5 / 5

A very comfortable sports car

Developing suspension settings that allow great handling and high levels of comfort is not easy but Jaguar has succeeded with the XKR-S. Poorly surfaced roads pose less of a problem compared to some more performance bias rivals, wind noise is also kept to a minimum. In the cabin, the seats are also very comfy and fantastically well made.

Practicality & boot space

3.0 / 5

Large boot and wide tailgate

Called a 2+2, the XKR-S features two very small child seats in the rear, exactly the same as the standard XK. Behind them, a useful-sized boot can easily carry two golf bags and is very easily accessed from the large tailgate. For such a high performance car the fastest Jaguar XK is remarkably user friendly.

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

High build quality

New Jaguar engines are extremely reliable as not only are they shared with XF and XJ models but also by Range Rover. Occupants are treated to very high standards inside the XKR-S. Cabin styling is very understated but the interior is beautifully screwed together and feels special enough for a car of this price. The R-S is well equipped with safety features too, including front and side airbags and Jaguar's own pedestrian protection system. Designed to raise the bonnet if it detects contact with a pedestrian, the system protects them from impacting on hard engine components.

Engines, drive & performance

3.0 / 5

The XKR-S is fast and comfortable

Any car that is capable of 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds is very, very fast. The 542bhp Jaguar can go on to reach an electronically limited top speed of 186mph. Without the limiter, it would surely approach 200mph! Fitted with stiffer and lower suspension the XKR-S is very nimble around corners, changing direction with almost no body roll. What's almost more impressive however, is that even over rougher roads, the ride remains as comfortable as the standard XKR.

Price, value for money & options

2.0 / 5

Cheaper than rivals from Bentley and Aston Martin

The Jaguar XKR-S is very expensive but offers good value when compared to the competition from other luxury car makers such as Bentley and Aston Martin. Fitted with stunning looking electric, heated leather seats, Bluetooth, cruise control and metallic paint, the XKR-S is very well equipped.

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Last updated 
23 Jan 2014

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