Geneva Preview: Fastest-ever Jaguar XK

The latest evolution of Jaguar’s supercharged XKR coupé will be the fastest ever, with a top speed of 174mph, up from 155mph. When it’s unveiled at Geneva next month, the public will also see bold styling changes for the 2011 Model Year.

“With 510PS and 625Nm of torque, the XKR has immense reserves of power and acceleration,” says Russ Varney, Chief Programme Engineer for the XK Series. “The car has always had the potential to reach speeds far beyond its original electronically limited maximum and many of our customers have expressed an interest in a car that can safely be driven faster where conditions permit.”

The new Speed Pack allows them to do just that. And to ensure the XKR with Speed Pack remains stable at high speeds, there’s a revised front splitter and larger rear spoiler, while steering sensitivity is reduced at very high speeds.

The XKR Coupé to be shown at Geneva also showcases a new styling pack, called Black Pack, available only with Speed Pack. "Menacing", 20-inch, gloss black wheels and exterior detailing, plus a paint palette selected by Jaguar’s Design team, aim to create a coupé with “immediate exclusivity”. The paint choice is Ultimate Black, Polaris White or Salsa Red.

In the UK, retail pricing of the XK range starts at £61,955 for the 5.0 V8 petrol. The Speed Pack costs £3500 and the Speed and Black Pack combined cost £4000.

Text: Charis Whitcombe
Photos: Jaguar

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