Jaguar Unleashes XJR in New York

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Mercedes S63 AMG and Audi S8 get some new competition in the form of the reborn Jaguar XJR, unveiled today at the New York Auto Show.

Last week we brought you news that Jaguar was preparing a new XJR to unveil at the New York Auto Show, and with the doors at the Javitz Center set to open later today, Jaguar has released its new flagship performance sedan in full. To create the new XJR, Jaguar has essentially slotted the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 from the XFR-S and XKR-S – all 550 horsepower of it – along with a variety of other performance goodies into its largest model to create a rival for the 520-horsepower Audi S8 and 536hp Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG.

As a result, Jaguar claims its new XJR can hit 60 in 4.4 seconds – oddly the same quoted for the smaller XFR-S, and a good third of a second quicker than the previous range-topping, 510-horsepower XJ Supersport. Top speed is electronically limited to 174 mph. The eight-speed automatic transmission and its paddle shifters are also ported over from the XFR-S (instead of the XJ's existing six-speed slushbox), driving the rear set of 20-inch wheels and their Pirelli PZero Corsa rubber. Jaguar also returned its Adaptive Dynamics suspension, steering rack and electronic differential to handle the extra juice.

Jaguar has also given the XJR a new front splitter, side sills, trunk spoiler, hood louvers, black mesh grille, quad tailpipes, and an interior upgraded with two-tone semi-aniline leather and unique trim. The standard-size XJR will list for $115,00, with the longer wheelbase at $119,000.

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