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Jaguar XKR-S

A história da Jaguar confunde-se, por 50 anos, com a história de um homem: o seu fundador, Sir William Lyons, que ergueu uma das maiores marcas de automóveis do mundo. Uma marca que é sinónimo de estilo cativante, performance de tirar o fôlego e compromisso total com a qualidade.

1932 a 1935

SS Airline

William Lyons não se contentava apenas com a produção de carroçarias para aplicação nos chassis de outros fabricantes. Este facto representava uma restrição à sua criatividade e aos seus produtos.

 

1935 a 1938

SS Jaguar

Em 1935 o nome ´Jaguar´ surgiu pela primeira vez no mundo automóvel numa gama inteiramente nova de veículos desportivos e de quatro portas. William Heynes trabalhava há algum tempo num novo chassis

 

1938 a 1953

Jaguar XK 120

Durante a guerra, a produção de sidecars foi aumentada para utilização militar, tendo sido produzidas quase 10,000 unidades. Em complemento, os aviões e a produção de componentes tiveram o efeito benéfico adicional

 

1953 a 1963

XKSS

Em 1954 o XK120 foi substituído pelo XK140, mecanicamente actualizado e equipado com um motor XK de 190 cv, que tinha sido utilizado no 120 Special Equipment. Os novos modelos eram visualmente

 

1963 a 1968
E-type Series 3 Roadster.

A Jaguar tinha planeado uma breve interrupção na competição automóvel, mas vários factores atrasaram o seu regresso. O incêndio na fábrica; as necessidades dos veículos de produção e, acima de tudo, a

 

1968 a 1979
Jaguar XJ12

No final dos anos sessenta a Jaguar tinha uma gama muito vasta de veículos de quatro portas para um segmento de mercado relativamente pequeno. Igualmente, estes fabulosos modelos estavam a tornar-se um

 

1979 a 1989
TWR XJS

Em 1980 iniciou-se uma nova era na Jaguar, com a nomeação de John Egan para Presidente e Director Geral. A carreira de Egan na indústria automóvel tinha passado pela General Motors

 

1989 a 1996
XJ220

A História da Jaguar entrou numa era inteiramente nova. Desde o início da sua cotação na bolsa, em 1984, a Jaguar obteve um sucesso considerável no crescimento e desenvolvimento do seu negócio 

 

1996 a 2000
XK8 Coupe

Associada à Daimler desde 1960, a Jaguar sempre se orgulhou da designação “Daimler” nos seus modelos mais luxuosos. Em 1996 a indústria automóvel celebrou o seu centésimo aniversário e foi com imenso

 

2000 a 2004

X-TYPE

A Jaguar entrou no novo milénio com uma equipa de Fórmula 1, ocasião celebrada com a criação de uma edição especial ‘Silverstone’ do XK8. Baseada na versão XKR supercharged do XK8, a

 

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The Jaguar XKR-S: a lightweight sports coupe that takes the Jaguar sports car experience to a new level. As the fastest production XK to date, it delivers a combination of high speed performance, dynamic excellence and crafted luxury that is unique to Jaguar.

The new XKR-S coupe is the fastest production XK to date, providing the Jaguar enthusiast with an even more driver-focused high speed performance experienceLimited to 200 cars – available only in Europe, in both right-hand and left-hand drive

The XKR-S is capable of 0-60mph (0-100kph) in 4.9 (5.2) seconds and has a maximum speed, electronically limited, of 174mph (280kph) – making it the fastest Jaguar since the XJ220 supercar

Revised suspension with bespoke springs, dampers, anti-roll bar and recalibrated Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS) further improve the XKR’s outstanding ride and handling balance

Exterior styling features revised front air-splitter and side sill-extensions, revised rear spoiler and rear bumper with unique diffuser panel and unique 20″ lightweight Vortex alloy wheels

Ultimate Black metallic paint colour with contrasting finish to the grille, sills, side power vents and rear diffuser

Alcon R Performance braking system with red monobloc six-piston callipers and 400mm brake discs at the front, 350mm at the rear

Six-speed automatic transmission with Jaguar Sequential ShiftTM for ultra-quick manual gear shifts in milliseconds, using steering-wheel-mounted paddles

Active Exhaust System ensures refinement at cruising speed but purposeful V8 roar under hard acceleration

Strong, lightweight and exceptionally rigid all-aluminium body construction delivers excellent dynamic agility

The luxury sports interior features full soft-grain leather with twin-needle contrast stitching, adjustable seat bolsters, Piano Black veneer, Charcoal Alston luxury headliner plus the XKR’s comprehensive standard specification

Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system, with 525W Premium audio, featuring low distortion Kevlar mid-range speakers and aluminium dome speakers, designed and tuned specifically for XK

In summary, the ultimate Jaguar XK and a perfect illustration of Jaguar’s philosophy of building beautiful, fast cars.

2009 Jaguar XKR-S
2009 Jaguar XKR-S

The Jaguar XKR-S coupe is the fastest production XK to date. Powered by Jaguar’s acclaimed 4.2litre V8 supercharged engine, it has been developed for the true Jaguar enthusiast. It is faster and more agile than the XKR, taking the Jaguar sports car experience to a new level, whilst retaining the refined, dynamic excellence and crafted luxury that is unique to Jaguar.

Sharing the XKR’s highly advanced lightweight aluminium body architecture, the high performance of the Jaguar XKR-S is made totally accessible by the enormous reserves of the 4.2-litre all aluminium four-cam supercharged V8’s 420bhp (SAE) and 560Nm of torque.

With recalibrated engine management, the Jaguar XKR-S reaches an electronically limited top speed of 174mph (280kph) – 19mph (30kph) faster than the XKR. This additional performance is made accessible by improved aerodynamics (reduced drag and lift) and unique suspension set-up.

Sharing the XKR’s class-leading six-speed sequential automatic transmission, the Jaguar XKR-S has exceptional refinement and the option of ultra-fast manual shifts controlled by steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts – with shift times measured in milliseconds to make this one of the fastest shifting transmissions in the world.

To match its increased performance, the Jaguar XKR-S adopts the most powerful brakes on any Jaguar production model, plus extensive changes to its suspension and steering to provide further enhanced ride and handling characteristics without compromising comfort.

The high performance braking system for the Jaguar XKR-S was developed by Jaguar’s Special Vehicles team in partnership with British competition brake specialist Alcon, which supplies the stopping power for some of the fastest cars in the world, on both road and track. The brakes were perfected over thousands of miles of testing on some of Europe’s most demanding roads, and by Jaguar’s engineering team at the Nurburgring in Germany. The Jaguar XKR-S Alcon R Performance braking system features 400mm diameter discs on the front and 350mm discs at the rear. Each disc is radially ventilated for maximum cooling and to resist fade even under the hardest use, and will perfectly match the Jaguar XKR-S’s increased top speed. The friction surfaces of each disc carry a series of crescent-shaped grooves that help clear water from the discs during wet weather and help to keep the brake pads clean at all times. The Alcon R performance brake package uses lightweight monobloc six-piston callipers at the front and four-piston callipers at the rear – each calliper finished in a distinctive red and carrying the R logo.

The Jaguar XKR-S coupe’s dynamic balance focuses on achieving an even more sporting character while retaining the XKR’s supple ride comfort. Its blend of control and refinement begins with the extremely stiff all-aluminium body structure, and a re-tuning of the XKR’s all-wishbone suspension. The Jaguar XKR-S features new springs, new anti-roll bars and unique dampers. All the major suspension parameters are recalibrated, and the Jaguar XKR-S uses Jaguar’s proven Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS) with unique tuning. It also uses a faster ratio steering rack, for quicker reactions and optimum feel.

The limited edition coupé in Ultimate Black is identified by the unique Jaguar XKR-S badge on the rear of the car. The exterior of the Jaguar XKR-S has been subtly enhanced to make it recognisably different without being overstated. Another significant element in the revised handling package is that the ride height of the Jaguar XKR-S has been reduced by 10mm compared with that of the XKR, and the Jaguar XKR-S sits on unique, lightweight 20-inch Vortex forged alloy wheels with bespoke tyres. That naturally makes the Jaguar XKR-S look lower and even more sporting, but it has a number of other distinguishing details. It features a new front aerodynamic splitter, side sill extensions, revised rear spoiler and rear diffuser panel, with contrasting finishes to details such as the front mesh grille, power vents, sills and rear diffuser panel.

The Jaguar XKR-S has an Active Exhaust System, which is specifically tuned to ensure quiet, refined high-speed cruising while producing a much more hard-edged and sporting V8 sound under hard acceleration – not over loud, but full of performance character.

While the mechanical specification and the exterior revisions are driven largely by performance and dynamic enhancement, the interior changes reflect Jaguar’s vision of the Jaguar XKR-S as an uncompromisingly luxurious sports car.

The full soft grain leather trim is finished in Charcoal with Ivory twin-needle contrast stitching, with leather wrapping the seats, instrument panel top, centre console, inner door panels and rear side panels. This is complemented by Piano Black veneer, Charcoal Alston luxury headlining, plus a revised instrument cluster – calibrated to accommodate the higher top speed – with XKR-S branding. The contrast-stitched leather trimmed steering wheel, alloy and leather gear selector with alloy surround, bright aluminium pedals, and XKR-S branded head-restraints, tread-plates and carpet mats further set the tone for this very special interior.

Taking Jaguar’s 525W Premium Audio system with Pro Logic II surround sound as a starting point, renowned premium British loudspeaker manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins has tuned a signature speaker system specifically for the cabin of the Jaguar XKR-S. High output, low distortion Kevlar mid-range speakers and specially designed aluminium-dome tweeters deliver superb mid-range and extended high-frequency responses.

On sale in summer 2008 and limited to just 200 cars in European markets only, the Jaguar XKR-S is an even more driver-focused sports grand tourer than the XKR.

2009 Jaguar XKR-S

– Pictures:

2009 Jaguar XKR-S - Front
2009 Jaguar XKR-S – Front
2009 Jaguar XKR-S - Side
2009 Jaguar XKR-S – Side
2009 Jaguar XKR-S - Back
2009 Jaguar XKR-S – Back
2009 Jaguar XKR-S - Tire
2009 Jaguar XKR-S – Tire
2009 Jaguar XKR-S - Board
2009 Jaguar XKR-S – Board
2009 Jaguar XKR-S - Interior
2009 Jaguar XKR-S – Interior
2009 Jaguar XKR-S - Top
2009 Jaguar XKR-S – Top
2009 Jaguar XKR-S - Top
2009 Jaguar XKR-S – Top
2009 Jaguar XKR-S - Detail
2009 Jaguar XKR-S – Detail

Jaguar XKR-S

A Jaguar lançou o XKR-S, uma versão limitada e (ainda) mais desportiva que o XKR. O coupé superdesportivo de quatro lugares ganha toque ainda mais apimentado nesta novidade e os seus 4,79 metros de comprimento nem parecem tanto devido às proporções bem elaboradas do modelo britânico. A motorização não muda e há apenas algumas modificações visuais na grande novidade.

Entre as novidades do XKR-S, há travões específicos fabricados pela Alcon. Os discos são ventilados e perfurados e têm 400 mm de diâmetro na dianteira e 350 mm na traseira. As rodas são feitas em alumínio forjado e medem 20 polegadas. A suspensão ganhou novas molas, os amortecedores foram modificados, as barras estabilizadoras ganharam novas formas e a direcção ficou mais directa. A carroçaria fica 10 mm mais próxima do chão que o XKR e a suspensão conta com o ajuste variável CATS, o mesmo disponível nos outros Jaguar, mas com ajuste específico para o XKR-S.

O motor é o mesmo de 4,2 litros, oito cilindros em V e de compressor volumétrico que equipa o XKR. Até a potência máxima gerada por este propulsor é a mesma, de 416 cv. As mudanças para o XKR-S, as únicas mecânicas de um modelo para o outro, estão no sistema de escape. Ele não faz a potência aumentar, mas confere um ronco mais desportivo ao motor. A aceleração de 0 a 100 km/h de ambos dura 5,2 segundos, mas a velocidade máxima é maior no XKR-S. Ele alcança 280 km/h, enquanto a versão “normal” tem velocidade limitada eletronicamente em 250 km/h.

Além de 10 mm mais baixa, a carroçaria do XKR-S ganhou melhorias aerodinâmicas e é pintada de tom preto metálico baptizado de Ultimate Black, que contratasta com o contorno prateado da carroçaria, dos pára-choques e do difusor traseiro, que conta com quatro saídas de escape, duas em cada lado. Há ainda uma barra cromada na parte traseira, que confere sofisticação, além de um aerofólio para entregar mais desportividade.

Por dentro, o XKR-S traz a maior parte do painel revestida em couro negro baptizado de Warm Charcoal, utilizado também no resto do interior do veículo. Assim como os outros XKR, o “S” traz faróis de xenon direccionais, controlador e limitador de velocidade activo, sistema de navegação com touch-screen de 7 polegadas e capacidade de leitura de DVDs, além de contar com conectores de portas USB e entrada para iPod.

Toda essa exclusividade também se reflete no número de veículos que serão produzidos: apenas 200. É a Jaguar tentando voltar a atrair compradores e a ser referência entre os desportivos. Talvez seja a primeira de algumas novidades superdesportivas britânicas.

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