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174mph Jaguar special hits showrooms

Limited-edition XKR marks firm's 75th anniversary

Jaguar XKR 75

Special Jaguar XKR marks the firm’s 75th birthday, and only 75 will be made.

Jaguar is marking its 75th anniversary with a limited edition XKR 75 model that is capable of reaching 174mph.

Costing £85,500, the special XKR will be restricted to just 75 units, making it one of the most collectable Jaguars ever. It’s one of the fastest, too; the 0-60mph dash has been trimmed to just 4.4 seconds.

The extra pace comes courtesy of a power boost to 530bhp for the 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine. Plus, there’s a sports exhaust system to make it sound suitably potent.

Distinctive looks

There will be no missing the special Jaguar sports car if you’re lucky enough to spy one. It is fitted with an extensive bodykit, aimed at supplying more downforce to keep it glued to the road at higher speeds.

The kit includes a front splitter, side sill extensions, rear diffuser and an enlarged rear spoiler. There are bigger 20-inch alloy wheels with a dark finish, bright red brake calipers and a lower ride height. If that’s not enough, a side graphic stretching from front to rear is available. Fortunately, this is optional: it looks like an acquired taste…

Inside, the XKR is trimmed in black leather with ivory stitching, plus a black suede rooflining and piano black dash trim.

XKR 75 engineering

It’s a thorough job beneath the surface, too. Jaguar has strengthened the gearbox, fitted stronger and stiffer suspension components, and completed final tuning with the same RSR engineering team that works on Jaguar race cars.

Order books for the XKR 75 open next month, with prices starting at £85,500. When deliveries start in October, it really will be a rare sight. The 75 cars will be sold in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium.



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