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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

    £12,995 £12,995


    • Mileage: 60000 mi
    • Engine size: 4200
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    GoEuropean Motorhomes

    £47,950 £47,950

    Satellite Navigation Massive spec UK Supplied Great Condition Adjustable Steering Column Air Conditioning Central Door Locking Climate Control Electric Windows Immobiliser Delivery Available Financing Available Full Service History

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 20000 mi
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  • JAGUAR XKR XKR 4.2 Auto Only 54000miles FJSH Black Leather Sat Nav 20 Alloys 2007

    £18,995 £18,995

    Finished in Metallic Silver with Only 54,000 miles and a Full Jaguar Service History with Services at 8063 miles, 12323 miles, 16432 miles, 22062 miles, 28127 miles, 31694 miles, 41017 miles, 51927 miles and 53979 miles in April 2017 by Guy Salmon Jaguar. Black Leather Seats, Electric Memory Seats, Heated Seats, Touchscreen Satellite Navigation, Factory Bluetooth, Climate Air Conditioning, Front and Rear Parking sensors, Push Button Start and Keyless Entry, Auto Lights, Xenons, Heated Front Screen, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Remote Alarm and Central Locking, Multi CD, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, 20" Alloys with Dunlop Sport SP Maxx Tyres All Round. Absolutely Fantastic Condition and Value for Stunning Great Specification XKR in Superb Colour Combination. UK Supplied with Full Book Pack and Spare Key.

    • Engine size: 4.196
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    £9,995 £9,995

    FULL JAGUAR SERVICE HISTORY - SUPERB BODYWORK - DRIVES WITHOUT FAULT - WELL LOOKED AFTER CAR! -, Upgrades - Reverse Parking Aid, Heated Front Windscreen, Air Filtration, Next MOT due 18/04/2018, Last serviced on 10/03/2016 at 94,000 miles, Full dealership history, Excellent bodywork, Interior - Excellent Condition, Tyre condition Good, Standard Features - Cruise Control, Parking Aid (Rear), Seats Heated (Driver/Passenger), Climate Control, Upholstery Leather, Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger), Computer (Driver Information System), Alarm, Alloy Wheels (18in), Electric Windows (Front). 2 seats, Blue, Excellent Finance Rates - Warranties- Professionally Valeted -Viewing by Appointment,

    • Mileage: 99000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.196
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  • Jaguar XKR 4.2 Coupe-SOLD


    2005 Jaguar XKR Supercharged 4.2 Coupe Automatic Finished in Midnight black metallic with warm charcoal leather interior. 47,000 miles. Factory specification includes Recaro interior, satellite navigation, air conditioning, 20″ Jaguar BBS Detroit alloy wheels (which I can confirm are in lovely un-kerbed condition), Jaguar Brembo brakes, electric heated seats with driver memory, Jaguar aluminium pedal set, Alpine sound system, 6 CD multiplayer, automatic wipers, parking sensors, driver and passenger airbags, automatic headlamps, auto-dimming rearview mirror, electric adjustable steering column, remote central locking. Comes complete with all handbooks and stamped service booklet, all in the correct pouches. This awesome vehicle has the perfect specification and looks absolutely stunning in black over black, finished off by the piano gloss black dashboard. These late registered XKR are starting to rise in value and are already becoming collectable. Hardly surprising as in my opinion this is the most attractive Jaguar design since the E-type.

    • Mileage: 47000 mi
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  • Jaguar XKR

    £31,989 £31,989

    Finished in the stunning Stratus Grey metallic with full Ivory leather interior and Grey oak veneer, Satellite Navigation with European coverage, Heated and Air Conditioned 16 Way Electric Memory seats, 20 Alloys Wheels Finished in Bright Silver, Active Headlights, DAB Radio, Ebony Suede Headlining, Heated Front Windscreen, Quad Chrome Tailpipes, Reverse Parking System, Rear Camera With Parking Guidelines, Bright Finished Side Vents, Red Brake Callipers, Cruise Control, Heated Steering Wheel, Premium Sound System, Full Size Spare Wheel, Full Jaguar Service History. www.imperials.co.uk ------ Please call us to Confirm which of our 3 Essex Showrooms your desired vehicle is located at before travelling to see us, Everyone of Our Cars Goes Through Our In House Work Shop Prior to Sale by Our Fully Qualified and Experienced Technicians - Buy with Confidence, For up to 20 images of this vehicle and an Instant Finance Quote please view www.imperials.co.uk, For Out of Office Hours Enquiries please call Kenny 07875 539530 and he will be happy to help, We are also good buyers of all prestige, Sports and 4x4 vehicles so why not give us a call for a price on yours, Please Like us on Facebook an

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 47000 mi
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  • Jaguar XKR 5.0 Supercharged Coupe Auto

    £28,450 £28,450

    This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a very desirable XKR in arguably the best colour combination, which is Jaguars flagship variant of the popular XK sports car model. Equipped with an opulent specification to give you luxurious comfort combined with blistering performance from this 5.0 Supercharged engine producing 500 bhp. Coming with a huge list price from new, this proves stunning value for money. This car is prepared by our award winning workshop to the very highest standards. The service history is as follows: 11/01/2013 - Peter Vardy Jaguar @ 5896 miles 09/01/2014 - Peter Vardy Jaguar @ 12233 miles 13/02/2015 - Peter Vardy Jaguar @ 21788 miles 27/04/2016 - Peter Vardy Jaguar @ 29159 miles 06/03/2017 - Dove House Motor Company @ 30455 miles This vehicle is also supplied with 12 months MOT. All of our cars also have a pre-sale 111 point check to ensure they meet our very high preparation standard. Work completed as a result of our check: Service New Front Brake Discs and Pads New Rear Brake Discs and Pads Ivory Leather Touch Screen Sat Nav Bluetooth Phone Prep Bowers & Wilkins Sound System Keyless Entry/Start Electric Memory Adaptive Sports Seats Lumbar Support Heated

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 30450 mi
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  • Jaguar XKR

    £22,250 £22,250

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Comms Pack, Full Leather, Memory Seats, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Satellite Navigation, Alarm, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Central Locking, Colour Coded Interior, Electric Seats, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Rear Headrests, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Handbrake, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Push Button Start, CD Player, Premium Cloth soft top, Radio, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Stereo, 1 YEAR AA RECOVERY INCLUDED, 12v socket, Alloy wheels, Service history Finance options available. All our cars come HPI checked and with inspection checks. For more information or to arrange a test drive please call us on 01403 891700.

    • Mileage: 51875 mi
    • Engine size: 4196
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  • Jaguar XKR

    £19,450 £19,450

    This Stunning XKR Comes With The Following Huge Spec To Include: Full Jaguar Service History To Include 6 Stamps, 20 Inch Five Arm Alloy Wheels, Full Heated & Electric Adjustable Cream Leather Sports Seats With Memory, Full Colour Touch Screen Sat Nav, Bowers & Wilkins Upgraded Sound System With CD & DAB Radio, USB & IPOD Connections, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Bluetooth Phone Prep, Cruise Control, Quad Exhaust System, Dual Climate Control, Alcantera Roof Lining, Electric Adjustable Power Folding Door Mirrors, Multi Function Leather Steering Wheel, Electric Windows, Auto Lights, Auto Wipers, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, 2 Keys And Much Much More. Parkway Motor Group Are An RAC APPROVED Dealer and All Our Cars Come With 12 Months M.O.T, Ser

    • Mileage: 68857 mi
    • Engine size: 4200
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  • Jaguar XKR

    £26,490 £26,490

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Dual Climate Zones, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Memory Seats, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Keyless Entry, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Metallic Paintwork, Headlamp Jetwash, Colour Coded Body, Auto Lighting, Quick-Clear Screen, Multiple Airbags, Isofix, ABS, Brake Assist, Trip Computer, Traction Control, Stability Control, Power Steering, Parking Sensors, Parking Camera, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Adjustable Steering Column, Auto-dip Rearview, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Front Windows, Electric Handbrake, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Push Button Start, Radio, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, CD Player, Bower & Wilkins Premium Sound System, 20'' Alloys, Full main dealer service **** SOLD **** Here at Daniel James Cars we are pleased to be offering for sale this stunning example presented in Metallic Black with an Ivory Leather and Aluminium Dashboard Trim, Servicing is full and has been carried out within the Jaguar Main Dealer network from new, Both the interior and exterior of this vehicle are in pristine condition, Alloy wheels are also unmarked, Tyres are all in excellent condition and Premium Branded (Jaguar Approved) ( Rear Tyres are newly fitted by ourselves ) At Daniel James Cars our aim is to sell the absolutely best prepared cars in the used market place, therefore this vehicle will have undergone a thorough pre sales inspection which is carried out by a independent technician, any faults found are rectified on the car before we sell it Competitive Finance Available, All major Debit and Credit Cards accepted, please call Daniel Albrow on 01273 840927 for more details

    • Mileage: 50650 mi
    • Engine size: 5000
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  • Jaguar XKR

    £23,990 £23,990

    20 Inch Alloys, Colour SatNav, Full Leather, 20'' Alloys, Full main dealer service history Previously supplied by our selves and now offered for sale again, VVS are delighted to offer this rare and sought after 2007 model, one private owner XKR supercharged coupe, with only 20000 miles from new. Presented in the favoured colour combination of Lunar dark grey metallic with black full leather interior with every extra and a full Jaguar main dealer service history, simply perfect, has to be the best available and a rarity being one former keeper and having only covered 20000 miles from new with full Jaguar main dealer service history, Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 20000 mi
    • Engine size: 4196
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    £17,995 £17,995

    Truly beautiful car one of the very last Iconic X100 Model XKR Cabriolets,This particular car being one of the very special Victory Edition cars one of around 1000 produced,beautiful car with quad exhaust,special hide interior with contrast stitching,and special maple wood,fully loaded car with powerfolds,brembo cross drilled brakes with red calipers,unique badging and checkered flag kick plates,drilled aluminium pedals,PDC,xennons unrepeatable car Finished in special model Satin Silver,Ivory Hide and Sable roof.WE HAVE NOW APPLIED A DISCOUNT TO THE SALE PRICE REDUCING THE COST DOWN TO GBP 18995 (cash price only)AND ALSO INCLUDE A 12 Month WARRANTY.

    • Mileage: 90000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.196
    For sale
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