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2011 Jaguar XKR Coupe

  1. One fast cat
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    One fast cat

    A few years after being abandoned by Ford, Jaguar is returning to form with the introduction of the XKR, one of the fastest, most beautiful, fun-to-drive, and surprisingly well-priced luxury performance cars on the market
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  2. Overview
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    Overview

    Jaguar has packed an incredible amount of performance, luxury, and value into the 2011 XKR, an upgraded version of the Jaguar XK that comes only as a two-door coupe or convertible and is powered by a massively supercharged V8. The XKR combines the speed of an AMG Mercedes with the refined manners of a high-end luxury sedan, yet it starts at less than $100,000. Its main downsides are an extremely cramped rear seat and a shallow, not very spacious trunk. Otherwise, our biggest hesitation is whether to go with the XKR Coupe or wait for the 2012 XKR-S, an even more insanely fast version of the car with an even more powerful engine. The trouble with the XKR-S is that it starts at $132,875, and its aerodynamic and styling enhancements mar the car’s elegant lines.


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  3. Interior
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    Interior

    The interior is high tech and user friendly, with seat controls on the front doors where they can be seen and a gear-shift knob that rises out of the center console into the driver’s palm. Stitched leather and oak, with piano black or aluminum trim, add a touch of class.
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  4. Engine/Transmission
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    Engine/Transmission

    The XKR has a supercharged V8 that delivers 510 horsepower and 461 lb. ft. of torque. The transmission is a six-speed automatic with a manual shifting function. For the really power-hungry, the engine in the 2012 XKR-S, due out this fall, is rated at 550 hp.
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  5. Performance
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    Performance

    Jaguar says the XKR accelerates from zero to 60 in 4.6 seconds, but we clocked it at about 4.2 seconds and Car and Driver magazine got a time of 4 seconds flat. The 2012 XKR-S is rated to do zero to 60 in 4.2 seconds but probably will come in under its rated time.
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  6. Fuel Economy
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    Fuel Economy

    The XKR is rated to get 15 miles per gallon in the city and 22 on the highway, 17 on average. In about 400 miles of mainly highway driving, we got 17.9 mpg. It probably goes without saying that premium gasoline is required.
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  7. Safety
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    Safety

    The XKR doesn’t have government crash-test ratings, but standard equipment includes stability and traction control, braking assist, and brake-force distribution. Adaptive cruise control is available as a $2,300 option.
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  8. Price
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    Price

    The XKR Coupe starts at $97,000, the XKR Convertible at $103,000. That compares with $152,125 for the Mercedes CL63 AMG (including a $1,000 gas-guzzler tax), $118,450 for an Audi R8 (including a $3,000 guzzler tax), and $112,550 for a Corvette ZR-1 ($1,300 guzzler tax).
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