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2015 Jaguar XKR

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/30/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Jaguar XKR gains adaptive headlights, HD radio, and silver metallic pedals as standard equipment. A special edition model called the XK Final Fifty commemorates the XK's final production run with 25 coupes and 25 convertibles. These special edition models are painted in Ultimate Black and include the Dynamic and Performance packages as standard equipment. Its chassis tuning is adapted from the XKR-S, which is the highest performance model in the range. 2015 is the final production year production for the Jaguar XK range.

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Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Jaguar XKR is the high-performance variant of the XK coupe and convertible. It's powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque in the base model and 550 hp and 502 lb-ft in the XKR-S, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is acceptable for such a powerful car at 15/22 mpg city/highway.

Overview

Performance is the main focus of Jaguar's R-badged models, and the XKR is no exception with visceral acceleration and exceptional handling that belies its two-ton curb weight. Those looking for the most potent version should consider the XKR-S, which is the strongest and most dynamic in the XK range. Interior fit and finish is great, with plenty of leather throughout the cabin and contrast stitching in various colors including blue, red, and beige. While there are technically four seats in the XKR, the rear positions are useless for passengers since there's virtually no room for their legs.

What We Think

Despite weighing in at two tons, the Jaguar XKR is an excellent performance car that offers plenty of excitement behind the wheel. In a 2012 First Test review, we said that the car "dances as if it were 1,500 pounds lighter and two feet shorter" and moves "with surprising agility, flatness, and surefootedness." The car we drove had blue accent stitching throughout the cabin, which looked out of place and felt like an "aftermarket creation."

In a comparison test involving a Jaguar XKR-S GT and an Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, the Jag emerged as the winner. Thanks to its smooth-shifting automatic transmission and superior ride, the XKRS-GT inspires driver confidence, enabling him/her to push the limits further. On the track, the Jag was also better-behaved, has plenty of traction, and puts its power down more efficiently than the V12 Vantage S.

You'll Like

  • Exceptional handling that belies its weight
  • Strong and torque-rich V-8 engine
  • Stability control isn't very intrusive when kept on

You Won't Like

  • Rear seats are virtually useless

Key Competitors

  • BMW M6
  • Porsche 911 Turbo
  • Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG
  • Audi R8 V10
  • Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Rating

4 star

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