Jaguar is synonymous with sports cars, that much is understood. The R-Line of Jaguar cars is also understood to be the highest performance versions of those. So what happens when Jaguar decides the XKR convertible can be more sporty? All hell breaks loose.
The 2012 Jaguar XK-RS is from first glance, obviously a very different kitty kat. 20 inch all-black wheels and a gigantic spoiler are the firs dead giveaways. Pair that with its more aggressive stance, carbon fiber trim pieces, and added aero package, and you’ve got yourself one mean looking convertible.
Once you’re inside the Jag its also apparent. The seats have been replaced with the race car variety and the steering wheel is covered in suede. Additionally the car has XK-RS badges to remind you what you’re driving. Heres a tip: when the car is on, you won’t forget.
When firing up the XK-RS, it is immediately apparent that you aren’t in just another Jaguar XKR. The exhaust is significantly louder, and the engine offers a deeper hum. From the original XKR making 510 horsepower, this car has been improved to 550! Thats nearly a 10% improvement on a car already making huge numbers. This bumps the top speed up to 186 MPH, which including the legendary XJ220 Road Car of the 1990s, makes it the fastest production Jaguar ever assembled.
Driving the car is like operating a nuclear weapon that can be used with the precision of a surgeons scalpel. Yes, there is huge amounts of power, but it is also very nimble and easily controlled.
Unlike its competitors at Porsche and Ferrari, getting the race model doesn’t mean you pay more for less either. The car still has premium audio, air conditioning, heated seats, and satellite navigation. Try getting a Ferrari track model that has any of that.
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