2015 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible… I will remember you [+Video Link]

DSCN3287Today, I am delivering some very sad news. Jaguar has announced, that within the next few months, it is ending the production of their XK-series models, concentrating their efforts instead on the new F-Type.
Nothing against the F-Type, it is a wonderful piece of engineering, but I am still sad to see the current XK-series go, a vehicle that despite its age (it has been in the market since 2007, although has received quite a few updates along the way), has always been a great car to drive.
My most recent drive in it came just a few weeks ago, and sadly, it might have also been the last time I’ll ever get to be behind the wheel of one of these.
This final fling came courtesy of the most powerful variant of this series, the XKR-S. This beast has a 5.0 litre, V8 engine, which thanks to a tweaked supercharger, produces 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. That is enough power to propel this luxury grand touring convertible from zero to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, and on to an electronically limited top speed of 300 km/h. Want to see how this car sounds? Check out >>>this video<<< I made of it.
While you certainly shouldn’t be testing this vehicles top speed on any road in Canada, you can certainly enjoy dropping a few gears on its six-speed automatic gearbox (with steering wheel mounted pedal shifters), and standing on the throttle for short bursts. DSCN3295What you will then experience is one of the most wonderful exhaust notes on the planet, followed by a rush of speed that will leave you in awe. This is one of those cars that will always manage to put a smile on your face – if it doesn’t, you should go see a doctor.
My XKR-S tester had an additional bonus feature, as it was a convertible. With the top down, it sounded even better, and unlike some cars, its noise never gave me a headache – Jaguar has tuned this exhaust to perfection.
You know what else is perfection? It’s ride quality. Usually, cars that are designed to hit 300 km/h, have rock hard suspension, which will hurt your back. Not the XKR-S, as it rides as beautifully as a top of the line luxury sedan.
As for the handling, while it pushed wide on initial turn-in on tight corners, when you learn how to place this car, you will enjoy tossing this even on curvy roads. The really impressive bit is the chassis rigidity, because even with the roof down, there are hardly any nasty shakes as you go over bumps. This cars aluminum chassis was considered one of the best, when it was launched, and it still is.
DSCN3288Any complaints? Well, I wish the lower section of the door was trimmed in leather, rather than carpet, to give the interior an even better appearance, and I also wish the sport bucket seats on the XKR-S were a bit more accommodating. Actually, the last flaw is not with the car, it’s with me, if I was slimmer, I wouldn’t have that complaint – I really should hit the gym more often. Plus, if you want a more comfortable seat, opt for the XKR version, it is nearly as fast – yet also has much more luxurious chairs.
Jaguar is currently working on a new XK-series model, but in reality, that car is a few years away. While the F-Type coupe and roadster will fill the void for now, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the XK model line.
So, if you have a spare $146,000 – I strongly suggest you go take a close look at the 2015 Jaguar XKR-S convertible. If you prefer coupes, you’ll save some money, as that will only set you back $139,000. If I could, I most certainly would have one of these parked at my house, permanently.DSCN3294

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