Geneva motor show 2011 - Jaguar XKR-S

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Jaguar XK-RS
Jaguar XK-RS
Jaguar is celebrating the 50th birthday of the legendary E-type at the Geneva motor show this year. It was at the same show in 1961 that the car, which is arguably the most recognisable Jaguar of all, was sprung upon an unsuspecting public.

It’s not all retro for a company that’s in the midst of an image make-over, though: lined up alongside the E-type is the latest XKR-S.

With a 542bhp version of the direct-injection supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine, it’s the fastest production car Jag has ever built. Jaguar claims the XKR-S can hit 60mph from standstill in 4.2 seconds on the way to a maximum speed of 186mph, accompanied by a race-inspired backing track through its sports exhaust system.

The XKR-S is also said to be equally adept as a grand touring coupé, with 503lb ft of torque and a smooth-shifting ZF automatic gearbox.

The boost in power and torque does not corrupt the agility of the standard XKR, Jaguar says. The S employs the same lightweight aluminium structure but has retuned suspension and new settings for the electronic damping and stability systems.

Jaguar says CO2 emissions will be below 300g/km, putting it ahead of any rival. It will go on sale around the start of summer at what we would conservatively estimate to be around £90,000. Still, you can spend that on a good E-type these days.

Jaguar unveil live at 13:45 GMT

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