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Jaguar XKR & XKR-S: Buying guide and review (2006-2014)

Jaguar XKR & XKR-S: Buying guide and review (2006-2014) Classic and Performance Car
Jaguar XKR & XKR-S Jaguar XKR & XKR-S Jaguar XKR & XKR-S
Supercharged 4.2-litre V8 banging out 420bhp – Jaguar ushered in its new XK range in style, putting the XKR into the mix from the start of sales in 2006, rather than waiting a couple of years before introducing the hot one. 
 
While the new, Ian Callum-designed XKR ran with much the same engine as its predecessor – a few extra horsepower liberated through changes to the engine management, amongst other tweaks – it boasted a significant advance over its XK8-based forebear in the form of the XK’s all-aluminium bodyshell, which was light, strong and exceptionally well made. The XKR was also treated to a smooth-shifting ZF six-speed automatic transmission, complete with a paddleshift operation of such quality that similar systems on rival cars began to seem primitive. 
 
A further advance for the XKR was the adoption of Jaguar’s ‘CATS’ (Computer Active Technology Suspension) adaptive damping, which enabled the big coupe, or convertible, to glide when occasion demanded then lithely attack corners. But the XKR wasn’t the big kahuna of the line-up for long. In 2008, Jaguar’s Special Vehicles team created the very limited edition – just 200 for the whole of Europe – XKR-S, with the same engine but improved aerodynamics, massive Alcon competition brakes, lowered suspension, an Active Exhaust System and its speed limiter lifted to 174mph. 
 
Even that, though, was outgunned by a revised and facelifted XKR that arrived in 2009 with a supercharged 5-litre derivative of the V8 boasting 503bhp. In 2010 the Speed Pack (£3500) was introduced. It provided a new front splitter and rear diffuser, a bigger rear wing and more pronounced side skirts; it was frequently ordered along with the Black Pack, which included gloss black 20-inch alloys and similarly hued window surrounds. A year later, a new, bewinged XKR-S arrived, upping the ante further still with 542bhp. 
 
But the craziest and most desirable XK was the XKR-S GT of 2013, only ten of which were allocated for the UK market. Each featured new front and rear suspension, a quicker steering rack, enormous carbon-ceramic brakes, a 40kg cut in weight and a £135,000 price tag. 
 
Performance and specs 
 
Engine V8, 5000cc, supercharger
Power 503bhp @ 6000-6500rpm 
Torque 461lb ft @ 2500-5500rpm 
Transmission Six-speed automatic gearbox, rear-wheel drive
Weight 1678kg
0-60mph 4.6sec 
Top speed 155mph (186mph) 
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2752mm
Length 4794mm
Width 1892mm
Height 1312mm
Kerb weight 1753kg
 
Common problems
 
• Nothing much goes wrong with the engines. The 4.2-litre V8 is a development of the 4-litre unit from the XK8, which in turn was a development of the 3.2-litre from the older XJ. This is well-proven technology and over the years Jaguar learnt its lessons and corrected any problems. 
 
• The 5-litre, as long as it’s regularly serviced, is vice-free. A handful of early 4.2s suffered from a failure of the impeller in the water pump, but Jaguar soon rectified the design. 
 
• The six-speed ZF gearbox is another tough, proven item and is shared with several BMWs and Audis. Jaguar claims it’s a sealed-for-life unit, but BMW and Audi recommend 40,000-mile service intervals, and so do we. 
 
• There’s no drain plug on the torque convertor, so it’s only possible to remove about six of the nine litres of transmission fluid. Topping it up with fresh oil dilutes the residue and gives your gearbox extra life – a replacement is £5000 and an oil change just couple of hundred quid… 
 
• Very occasionally, the seal on the output shaft to the rear diff will fail, but this is not hard to fix. 
 
• The XKR and XKR-S are relatively heavy, very fast automatic cars, so front discs can suffer. Some people complain about warped front discs, but that’s usually the result of owners fitting cheap aftermarket replacements that can’t handle the heat generated by the XKR’s performance – or from bad driving. 
 
• Suspension bushes on older cars can be tired at six-figure mileages, but designXKR has, in conjunction with Powerflex, developed easily fitted replacements. 
 
• Many fault codes displayed on the Jag’s dash are the result of a failing battery – fit a good quality replacement and you’ll probably discover that most, if not all, will disappear. 
 
• The aluminium body means that rust isn’t an issue, but if the zinc coating is penetrated, oxidisation can flake the paint; this should be easily remedied. 
 
• Wet carpet in the passenger footwell is most likely because of a blocked drain pipe for the air-conditioning condenser. 
 
Model history
 
January 2005: Jaguar launched Advanced Lightweight Coupe at the Detroit motor show. 
October 2005: Following the old XK going out of production, the new X150 was launched at the Frankfurt motor show.
January 2006: XK Convertible launched at the NAIAS. 
2006: Jaguar XKR launched with 420bhp supercharged version of the 4.2-litre AJV8, shortly after the first XK models are delivered. 
2008: Jaguar XKR-S launched at the Geneva Motor Show. 
2009: Jaguar gives the XKR a major facelift, with the introduction of a new 5.0-litre Supercharged V8.
2011: Jaguar gives the XK a major facelift.
2014: More focused Jaguar XKR-S GT launched. Limited to 30 units. Production came to an end towards the end of the 2014.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites 
 
- xkec.co.uk (club, forum) 
- jaguarownersclub.com (club, forum) 
- jaguarforum.com (forum) 
- designxkr.co.uk (servicing) 
- arden.de (tuning) 
- spires-st.com (tuning, exhausts) 
 
Summary and prices 
 
The market is broad, and we’ve seen a 2006 4.2-litre XKR coupe with 65,000 miles on the clock for just £17.5k and a 2014 XKR-S convertible only 1000 miles old for £73.5k.
 
Sub-£30k, there’s a wealth of cars on offer, and we even chanced upon a 44,000-mile 5-litre XKR-S coupe in that bracket! Five-litre XKRs are well within reach at this budget, although they’re thin on the ground. If you’re willing to sacrifice outright performance and don’t mind high-ish miles (c80,000), then you’ll be able to choose between reasonable numbers of 4.2-litre XKR coupes and convertibles for less than £25k. 
 
Words: Brett Fraser/evo magazine
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Last updated: 10th Aug 2016
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  • JAGUAR XKR XKR 4.2 Supercharged 44895miles FJSH Full Cream Leather 20 Alloys 2007

    £19,995 £19,995

    2007 / 57 XKR Convertible Finished in Metallic Black with Only 44895 Miles and a Full Jaguar Main Dealer Service History with Services at 11705 miles, 15419 miles, 17608 miles, 26743 miles, 35470 miles, 40355 miles and Major Service at 44540 miles in April 2018. Full Cream Leather Seats, Electric Memory Seats, Heated Seats, Factory Touch Screen Satellite Navigation, Factory Bluetooth, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, 20” Alloys with Dunlop Sport Tyres All Round, Xenon Lights, Auto lights, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Power Black Hood, Electric Windows, Remote Alarm and Central Locking, Keyless Entry and Start, Electric Folding Mirrors, CD + Alpine Speakers. Absolutely Superb Condition for Stunning Looking XKR Convertible in Great Colour Combination. Supplied with Full Book pack, Service Invoices, Old MOTs and Spare Key.

    • Mileage: 44895 mi
    • Engine size: 4.196
    For sale
    £19,995 £19,995
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  • Jaguar XKR

    £12,000 £12,000

    Bluetooth, Full Leather, Memory Seats, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Satellite Navigation, Xenon Headlamps, Keyless Entry, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, 20'' Alloys, Full service history It's difficult where to start when a car is as impressive as this one. The service history and maintenance port folio..... With a total of 10 service stamps, the last one of which was a Jaguar main dealer in2017. There is a collection of old MOT certificates, and maintenance invoices which from this year alone includes; New front and rear brake discs and pads, New suspension components, New Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyres, New catalytic convertor, New air conditioning condenser and much more. To say this car has been well cared for is an understatement. The specification includes..... Keyless entry and start, Adaptive cruise control, Satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephone connectivity, Electric front seats with memory, Heated front seats, Unmarked 20inch alloy wheels all with a matching set of Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyres which have plenty of tread remaining, Automatic xenon headlights, Rain sensing wipers, Front and rear parking sensors and much much much more. The car will be supplied with 2 keys, 12 Months MOT, RAC warranty, 12 months RAC breakdown cover and is fully HPI clear. Only 4 owners from new.We are based in Chesterfield less than 1 mile form M1 Junction 29a. FINANCE AVAILABLE. Part exchange welcome. VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Finance available. See what our customers say about by clicking here http://www.autotrader.co.uk/services/car-dealers/uk/east-midlands/derbyshire/chesterfield/approved-used-cars-kent-ltd-chesterfield-dpp-10001273/reviews/true

    • Mileage: 133000 mi
    • Engine size: 4196
    For sale
    £12,000 £12,000
  • JAGUAR XKR XKR 1998

    £8,495 £8,495

    1998 Jaguar XKR 4.0 V8 Supercharged Coupe. Metallic Carnival Red / Ivory Leather Interior. 83,000 Miles. Full Service History Up To 82,000 Miles Including A Stamped Service Booklet and Invoices. Timing Chain and Tensioners Replaced By Hatfields Jaguar At 55,231 Miles (Costing GBP 2885.84). All Previous MOTs. Electric seats, Heated Seats, Harmon Kardon Sound System, Cruise Control, Original 18" Alloy Wheels. MOT July 2019. All Spare Keys, Documentation and Manuals. Part Exchange Considered.

    • Mileage: 83000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.996
    For sale
    £8,495 £8,495
  • Jaguar XKR ON SALE NOW

    £24,950 £24,950

    Maundrells are pleased to offer this ONE owner Jaguar XKR first supplied by Hatfield Jaguar Worcester, this vehicle has a full Jaguar history; 20/05/10 Worcester Jaguar at 5,969 miles. 16/05/11 Worcester Jaguar at 11,166 miles. 19/04/12 Worcester Jaguar at 16,745 miles. 11/04/13 Worcester Jaguar at 21,508 miles. 02/04/15 Cheltenham Jaguar at 30,164 miles. 20/04/17 Cheltenham Jaguar at 40,036 miles. A pre-sale inspection has been carried out in our on site workshop by specialist technicians. This Jaguar XKR presented in Racing Green comes with the following specification; cream leather, electric heated seats with memory, heated multi-function steering wheel, radio with CD, dual zone climate control, navigation, bluetooth phone, Alpine sound, cruise control, key-less entry with push button ignition, automatic dimming mirrors, power fold mirrors, heated front and rear screens, automatic lights and 20" alloy wheels. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. Viewings welcome by appointment only. Body: Coupe Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 42,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2009 (09) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 4.2 Finished in: Racing Green

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 42000 mi
    For sale
    £24,950 £24,950
  • Jaguar XKR 5.0 V8 Convertible

    £35,950 £35,950

    Few cars have the presence of the Jaguar XKR, couple those looks with the fantastic 5.0 litre V8 engine and you have a truly remarkable sports car. The completely new Ian Callum designed XK was unveiled in 2005 at the Frankfurt Motorshow and was an instant success, the new aluminium monocoque bodyshell reduces weight considerably, which gives increased performance and fuel economy. This 2011 “11 plate” example is finished in Polaris White Gloss with a Black Roof and Warm Charcoal leather fully electric front seats. The stunning 2 owner car has covered a mere 31,961 miles and benefits from a full Jaguar service history, last carried out by Lancaster Reading in June 2017. Over and above standard this XKR boasts the following; Performance Active Exhaust with Quad Pipes, Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert, 20” Kalimnos Alloy Wheels in Black, Piano Black Inlays and Softgrain Leather. As with all our cars the vehicle will go through a thorough pre sales inspection by one of our Jaguar experienced technicians prior to a new owner taking delivery. For more information or to arrange a viewing please don't hesitate to call one of the Sales team here at Hofmann's. All vehicles supplie

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    £35,950 £35,950
  • Jaguar XKR 4.2 V8 Supercharged Coupe

    £21,950 £21,950

    Few cars have the presence of the Jaguar XK, couple those looks with the Supercharged V8 engine and you have a truly remarkable sports car. Whilst the styling differences of the XKR may be subtle from the standard XK8 the performance difference is most definitely not. Powered by Jaguar’s 420bhp 4.2 V8 litre supercharged engine which propelled the car from 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds and onto 155 mph. The XKR offered here at Hofmann’s is a 2007 “56 plate” finished in Platinum Silver with Black full leather interior. Having covered a mere 33,203 miles this stunning example boasts a comprehensive service history carried out most recently in Febuary 2017 at 32,121 miles. The specification is as comprehensive as you would expect from a range topping Jaguar including such highlights as: 20” alloy wheels, 6 disc autochanger, Bi-Xenon adaptive headlights, Bluetooth phone preparation, Cruise control, Alpine premium hi-fi, Memory seats, Heated seats, Front and rear park assist, Heated windscreen, Rain sensing wipers, Satellite navigation and Floor mats. As with all our cars the vehicle will go through a thorough pre sales inspection by one of our Jaguar experienced technicians prior to a new

    For sale
    £21,950 £21,950
  • 2001 Jaguar XKR Silverstone

    $22,900(£0) $22,900(£0)

    Jaguar is one of the most revered name in the automotive world. The name jaguar has come to be known as the makers of some of the finest sports and grand touring cars ever produced. From the C-type racecars of the 1950’s, to the XKE of the 1960’s followed by the XJ6 and XJS of the 80’s and 90”. Jaguar continued the tradition in the 2000’s with the production of the modern XK automobiles. The XKR Silverstone Convertible was built to commemorate Jaguar’s re-entry into formula 1 racing in 2001. Only 50 XKR Silverstone convertibles were produced, it is unlikely you will ever see another. The silverstone took the already potent standard XKR to a much higher level of luxury and performance. The 370 Horsepower supercharged V-8 offered great power and torque while the look and luxury of the car allowed it to compete with the finest Grand touring cars on the market. The car on offer here is a 43,323 miles example that is in wonderful condition both mechanically and cosmetically. The Platinum Silver paint is excellent. The car features its factory original, aggressive 20” BBS rims; the tires are excellent. The interior of this limited edition car features yards of black leather with red stit

    • Year: 2001
    • Mileage: 43000 mi
    For sale
    $22,900(£0) $22,900(£0)
  • Jaguar XKR Cabriolet 2000

    €34,950(£0) €34,950(£0)

    Jaguar XKR cabriolet 2000, 67.000 kms, British Racing Green Originally in Holland delivered this 2000 Jaguar XKR convertible, in the wonderful and very popular colour combination British Racing Green with a beige leather interior. The car has only had 3 owners and driven only 67.000 kms from new. That’s why this Jaguar is in a very beautiful and excellent maintained condition. Ofcourse this car has the supple V8 compressor engine with automatic transmission. So a marvellous, sporty Jaguar also suited for touring. Car has Holland title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 2000
    For sale
    €34,950(£0) €34,950(£0)
  • Jaguar XKR

    £33,490 £33,490

    Bluetooth, Xenon Headlamps, Memory Seats, Cruise Control, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Bowers and Wilkins, DAB Radio, Heated and Cooled Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Satellite Navigation, Full main dealer service history +++FREE NATIONAL DELIVERY+++ Part Exchange Welcome - Finance Available on Request - Subject to Status + Company Directors' Packages Available - All Vehicle Professionally Valeted and Ready for Collection- Jaguar XK R 5.0 V8 Supercharged Automatic registered March 2012 (12) finished in Lunar Grey with Full Black Leather interior with Piano Black trim, Pereformance Active Exhaust, Performance Braking System with Red Brake Callipers, Bowers and Wilkins Surround Sound System, 20 Inch Nevis Alloys, Reversing Camera with Guidance, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Keyless Entry and Go, Heated and Cooled Electric Front Memory Seats, Heated Electric Steering Wheel, Touchscreen Satellite Navigation, DAB Radio, Bluetooth, Heated Front Windscreen, Cruise Control, HID Headlamps with Washers, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Suedecloth Headlining.-Service History at Jaguar on 14/02/13 at 2,955; 05/05/15 at 13,119; 13/04/16 at 23,562; 10/04/17 at 32,405.

    • Mileage: 36800 mi
    • Engine size: 5000
    For sale
    £33,490 £33,490
  • JAGUAR XKR SUPERCHARGED 2008 Auto 39700 Petrol Silver

    £18,500 £18,500

    ONLY 39,700 MILES, FINISHED IN SILVER / GREY METALLIC WITH BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR. ALL THE SERVICES HAVE BEEN DONE AT JAGUAR.;Call or text to - 07836 595799.;OPENING TIMES: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. (evenings possible by appointment). Saturday 9am to 5:30pm. CLOSED ON SUNDAY'S. Please contact us before making a special journey, not all vehicles are on site. Lingfield, Surrey - Post Code : RH7 6NG;THE LAST OF THE VERY BEST. A WELL LOOKED AFTER CAR AND A FANTASTIC CAR TO DRIVE.

    • Mileage: 39700 mi
    • Engine size: 4.196
    For sale
    £18,500 £18,500
  • JAGUAR XKR 4.2 SUPERCHARGED - B&W SOUND SYSTEM - IVORY LEATHER - KEYLESS ENTY & GO

    £24,995 £24,995

    The XKR is Jaguar?s racing heart, which offers aggressive performance and excellent driving dynamics makes it a great cruiser. The XKR offers breath taking performance, advance technologies and sporting luxury. Jaguar combines outstanding performance and exquisite attention to detail. The engine is supercharged to offer pure sporty drive that you can expect from every sports car. This lovely example comes in Lunar Grey with contrasting Ivory leather and aluminium trim hide, Bowers and Wilkins Premium Sound System, Ivory Leather, Heated Leather Steering Wheel, Alloy Gear knob and Gear Selector Surround, Heated Front Windscreen, Front and Rear Parking Assist, Aluminium Sports Interior, Entry, Kalimnos 20'' alloy wheels - see more specification below.

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 37000 mi
    For sale
    £24,995 £24,995
  • JAGUAR XKR 4.2 SUPERCHARGED CONVERTIBLE - 1 OWNER - JAGUAR FSH

    £27,995 £27,995

    The Jaguar XKR offers a thrilling driving experience, with its amazing engine rowl and its easy and stable handling. Elegant, stylish, powerful, it is simply the best choice for drivers with a high budget looking for an image statement. The light, all-aluminum, body structure is what gives this jewel both its agility and a high standard of safety; this feature ensures a shorter acceleration time, a more precise handling, less fuel consumption and a higher degree of resistance in case of impact. This XKR carries over the engines from the previous model, but everything else is bespoke, including the lightweight aluminum body structure that endowed both our testers with remarkably catlike grace and agility on the road. There is terrific grip and precision, and the steering is wonderfully accurate. Most impressive, the ride remains extraordinarily composed, despite the stiff suspension and big tyres. It is fast, at least-comfortable, and gracefully mannered, no matter the road or the traffic. It is a Grand Tourer in the truest sense of the term. This Pearl Grey example comes with a long list of extras which include: Ivory leather interior, DVD Satellite Navigation with 7" colour displa

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 51000 mi
    For sale
    £27,995 £27,995
  • Jaguar XKR 5,0 S/C Coupé aut.

    €44,000(£0) €44,000(£0)

    Jaguar XKR 5,0 S/C Coupé aut. Equipment: aut. alu. fuldaut. klima fjernb. c.lås parkeringssensor fartpilot kørecomputer infocenter udv. temp. måler el indst. forsæder el-ruder cd/radio navigation multifunktionsrat håndfrit til mobil bluetooth kopholder læderindtræk xenonlys airbag esp abs antispin servo indfarvede kofangere service ok ikke ryger Ekstrem velholdt Bilen er super hurtig Velegnet til Leasing skriv for tilbud Ring for besigtigelse Prisen er ekskl reg afgift

    • Year: 2009
    For sale
    €44,000(£0) €44,000(£0)