Jaguar announced its new XKR-S convertible just a week before unleashing it at the current Los Angeles Auto Show. The new drop-top version of the automaker’s fastest and most powerful model is bound to become the envy of collectors. Its steep price tag puts it out of league for most of us, and only 25 will be delivered to the U.S.
Feel the power
The coupe version of the XKR-S has already wowed most critics and aficionados. But the new rag-top version delivers the same performance, power and style while the wind rustles your hair. With its sleek styling and supercharged, direct-injected 5.0-liter v8, delivering 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque, it should please just about everyone except for soccer moms — not a lot of room for kids or gear.
Jaguar says the new XKR-S, like its hard-top predecessor, will go from zero to 60 in 4.2 seconds. That’s fast, but Steve Siler of “Car and Driver” says he easily knocked that down to four flat in test drives. The car’s top speed is 186 mph.
Mileage and gearbox
Further specs say it will get 15 mpg in the city and 22 on the open road. As with all XKR-s models, the only transmission offered is a six-speed automatic.
Pleasing exhaust note
One of the car’s main selling points is its exhaust note. The active, free-flowing exhaust system not only wails, accentuating the power and fun of driving the XKR-S convertible, but it also helps ramp up the horsepower. As with the coupe version, the convertible features a new aluminum steering knuckle that increases camber stiffness by 23 percent.
Collector’s value ensured
The only real drawback of this sporty demon is it’s base price tag of $138,875. You expect to pay big for an unprecedented speed-and-power lover’s dream like this. But it is certainly part of the reason so few are being shipped to the post-recession U.S. Expect that price to go up, however, as it becomes a much-sought-after collector’s jewel.