- The Washington Times - Friday, October 2, 2009

FRANKFURT, Germany | Jaguar’s 2010 XKR sports coupe was part of the British manufacturer’s show-stand at the Frankfurt IAA International Motor Show in mid-September. As part of the new Jaguar showroom, the 510PS supercharged V8 sports car shared the stage with the award-winning XFR saloon and stunning new flagship, the XJ Supersport.

“Built in the tradition of great grand tourers, with state-of-the-art engineering, aerospace-inspired construction and outstanding driving dynamics, the 2010 XKR is the latest in a long line of legendary performance Jaguars,” said Mike O’Driscoll, managing director of Jaguar Cars.

With advanced 5-liter V8 engines delivering more power and performance with greater efficiency, even more dramatic looks, interior enhancements, advanced lightweight aluminum body structure and a wider range of models, the 2010 XKR and naturally aspirated XK models build on 60 years of legendary performance to deliver the best of everything Jaguar.

The combined efforts of Jaguar’s designers and engineers have produced a sports car that utilizes advanced technologies at a higher level than ever before. The benefits of the XK’s lightweight but stiff and strong chassis are already acknowledged. Not only does this architecture bring dynamic benefits thanks to its torsional rigidity, it also offers excellent safety and crash repair features and provides the ideal base to improve performance across the board - including optimized fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions.

The AJ-V8 Gen III engines are the most advanced and efficient Jaguar has ever produced. They deliver significantly more power and torque than the previous generation of engines: 510PS and 625Nm in the new supercharged XKR and 385PS and 515Nm in the XK models.

With the introduction of these 5.0-liter direct-injection V8 engines comes a new level of performance for the XK, with improved acceleration from standstill and stunning in-gear acceleration times. All models are electronically limited to a maximum speed of 155 mph (250 kph), but the 0-60 mph sprint for naturally aspirated coupe models is now 5.2 seconds (previously 5.9 seconds), while for the supercharged XKR coupe, 0-60 mph is 4.6 seconds (previously 4.9 seconds). In-gear times are equally impressive, with the naturally aspirated XK accelerating from 50-70 mph in just 2.5 seconds, while the supercharged XKR completes the same sprint in just 1.9 seconds.

And yet thanks to a combination of excellent powertrain efficiency and the XK’s advanced lightweight body architecture, all XKs offer strong fuel economy and impressive carbon dioxide emissions ratings. Fuel economy is comparable to the previous generation of XK - despite the significant increases in power and performance - and carbon dioxide emissions from each engine are better than previous 4.2-liter versions.

“With a supercharged AJ-V8 engine and dramatic new looks, the XKR has all the performance, power and panache that you expect in the ultimate sporting Jaguar,” Mr. O’Driscoll said.

Allowing the engines to optimize their power is one of the most sophisticated transmissions available. Jaguar’s acclaimed electronically controlled, six-speed ZF 6HP28 transmission offers an unparalleled combination of driver control matched to virtually undetectable gearshifts. With control either from steering wheel-mounted paddles or full automatic mode via the JaguarDrive Selector, the transmission is paired with an advanced electronic differential on the XKR model. This ensures the supercharged car accelerates even faster, handles even more precisely and sets new standards of dynamic control.

There are three core models in the XK range: the XK, the highly equipped XK Portfolio and the supercharged XKR, each with its own sporting character. In addition to the many changes under the skin, the latest XKs are visually different to the previous generation. Each still looks just like a Jaguar should look - seductive, powerful and elegant - but all 2010 models, coupe and convertible, benefit from revised exterior styling that underlines Jaguar’s contemporary thinking on design.

Inside, quality levels are raised even further with new interior trim and finishes that demonstrate Jaguar’s craftsmanship, plus even more comprehensive specification. The driver is the center of attention, with exciting technologies, including the acclaimed JaguarDrive Selector, Adaptive Dynamics (the latest in computer-controlled suspension) with Active Differential Control and comfort features such as heated and cooled seats - taking the driving experience of the 2010 XK range to even higher levels of luxury alongside the improved performance.

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