Jaguar XKR S Convertible 2012

The Jaguar is already one of the most exclusive brands in the world and the United States, which is even more selective when one of his models is added the letter R.

And when that letter R followed by an S, that level reaches a truly reserved for the privileged point.

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Ultra limited edition

That is the case of the new Jaguar XKR-S 2012, the fastest and most powerful model ever produced by the British firm, which only reach US 100 units coupe and convertible only 25.

One of those 25 convertible was the subject of our latest drive test and the result met all expectations of its exclusivity and above all of its benefits.

This special edition of the Jaguar XK differs from the original model for its super-charged engine 5.0-liter V8 that generates 550 horsepower coupled force to an automatic transmission of six changes to the manual system with paddles behind the steering wheel, which reaches speeds maximum of 186 miles per hour.

The acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is achieved in just 4.2 seconds, according to the manufacturer’s data and reaches 100 mph in just 8.7 seconds.

With this impressive powertrain, the Jaguar XKR S has a gas mileage of 15 miles per gallon of gasoline in city driving and up to 22 on the highway, with an average of 17, allowing you to avoid having to pay tax on excessive consumption fuel (gas guzzler).

Compared to the XKR, the XKRs is an improvement of 40 horsepower thanks to engine modifications, improved air intake and exhaust system. Other differences include aluminum wheels 20 inches, a rear wing and engine cover, both in carbon fiber.

Its management meets all expectations of the words from the first roar of the engine, the raging acceleration, power sustained by stepping on the accelerator, the tremendous control even at high speeds and the pleasure of enjoying the outdoors.

In the cabin, you can enjoy the most advanced communication systems, security and entertainment, heated seats, leather wrapped, audio Bowers & Wilkins 525 Watts of power, heated steering wheel and convenience of canvas roof three layer keeps the isolated external noises when the roof is closed.

With models like this, Jaguar continues its upward step in all aspects since its separation from Ford Motor Company in 2008 and was acquired by the TATA Group of India, which was recently proven with his second place in the annual report initial quality of the firm JD Power & Associates 2012, in a tie with Porsche, both behind Lexus.

However, the big difference is that the Jaguar was the British firm that had the most improvement throughout the automotive industry, after occupying 20th place in 2011.

I buy it?

The exclusivity of the Jaguar XKR S 2012 goes hand in hand price starting at $ 132.875 for the coupe and $ 138.875 for the convertible.

The test model included the options of heated windshield ($ 375), the engine cover in carbon fiber ($ 2,000) and 20-inch wheels Vulcan painted matte black ($ 1,500), bringing the total came to $ 142.750 also adding the $ 875 cargo transportation and delivery.

A substantial difference in every aspect compared to the original Convertible Jaguar XK engine with 385 horsepower and a starting price of $ 90.500 and XKR 510 that goes up to $ 103.500.

With this price, the Jaguar XKR S Convertible is also an exclusive group that are only Aston Martin V8 Vantage Convertible ($ 131.170) and the Audi R8 Convertible ($ 127.700).

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