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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
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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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