Jaguar Releases a Special Edition XKR

Jaguar XKR 75

Most car companies have a secret group of engineers that can turn even the humblest grocery getter, into a fire-breathing monster. For example, Dodge has their SRT cars, and Ford has the Special Vehicles Team (SVT).

But for the most part, American factory tuners just bore out an existing engine block, and screw a supercharger to the top.
Crude, but effective.

European “skunk werks” usually take it a few steps further.

Take for example, BMW’s M Sport. They take a simple 5-Series, and throw everything away but the doors. Then they shoe-horn a V10 under the hood, and stuff the rest of the car with a bunch of electronics from the Space Shuttle.

Considering BMW’s M Sport division has a bigger budget than most South American countries. It’s no surprise that the M5 is so good.

But, Jaguar doesn’t have a huge R&D budget.

In fact, their in-house tuning division consists of Geoff, Budley…and some tools that they lifted from Ford. However, what two guys and wrench can do at Jaguar, often rivals the best that Germany has to offer.

Jaguar XKR 75 rear

(In the interest of fairness, Jaguar is now owned by Indian giant, Tata Motors. So, they do have a few rupee’s to throw at R&D.)

To celebrate the marque’s 75th birthday, Jaguar CEO Dr. Ralf Speth challenged the engineering department to come up with something special.

And boy, did they.

What they came up with is the XKR 75.
A truly epic rendition, of an already exciting car.

Geoff and Budley boosted the supercharged 5.0 V8 to 523 hp. An increase of 20 horsepower

Next, they tweaked XKR’s suspension by adding machined aluminum uprights, along with stiffer springs, front & rear.

The XKR 75 also gets a revised aero package. With its new front splitter, rear diffuser and larger rear spoiler, this cat creates some serious downforce in the curves.

Jaguar XKR 75 interior

Thanks to Geoff and Budley’s efforts, the XKR 75 will sprint to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds. Before the changes, it took…a rather longish 4.6 seconds to reach 60. Good job guys!

Besides the mechanical tweaks, the XKR 75 gets special Stratus Grey paint, grey-colored 20” wheels, red brake callipers, and the option of a (very Mopar) side stripe.
On the inside, this unique cat gets charcoal leather with ivory stitching, piano-black wood trim, and “XKR 75” door sills.

Only 75 XKR 75’s will be produced, and the car will only be available for order in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Too bad it’s not coming to America.

About The Author

Getting his start in the auto industry at the age of 17, Teddy quickly learned his way around the business and went on to found his own specialty car brokerage firm. Today, through his company Ronin Media, he also provides automotive content for numerous websites, including Automoblog

1 Comment on "Jaguar Releases a Special Edition XKR"

  1. Jen

    They're only producing 75 of these bad boys?! That's unfortunate, but a car that exclusive should actually be that exclusive I suppose. I drive the 2011 XJ anyhow, so I am still getting the luxury of Jaguar. I'm not sure if any other readers have heard of this, but my dealer told me about a program that Jaguar just started up that has a ton of benefits for 2011 owners. I looked at the website (jaguarplatinumaccess.com), it seems like something I'd be in to but I'd like some input. Has anyone signed up yet? What do you think?

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