Following a transformation for model year 2010 that introduced new-generation powertrains, new dynamic chassis systems and added luxury, the Jaguar XK sports car models enter the 2011 model year with a special edition, the XKR175 75th Anniversary Coupe. Limited to just 175 cars for the U.S. market, the XKR175 commemorates the 75th anniversary of the first cars to bear the Jaguar name.
The Jaguar XKR175 75th Anniversary Coupe is painted Ultimate Black and is also distinguished by aerodynamic enhancements, including front and rear spoilers, side sills and a rear diffuser. The 20-inch Kasuga alloy wheels are exclusive to this special edition model and highlight the standard red brake calipers. Raising the electronically governed top speed from 155 mph to 174 mph exclusively for this special edition underscores the formidable performance capability of the XKR. All XKR models are powered by a 510-hp direct-injection supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that was introduced for the 2010 model year.
Inside the XKR175 75th Anniversary Coupe, the Charcoal leather trimmed interior is accented with Cranberry stitching and Piano Black veneer trim. All of the XKR175 75th Anniversary Coupes feature doorsill tread plates inscribed “XKR175 – 1 of 175.”
The all-aluminum four-cam Jaguar V8 engines combine high power with high efficiency, thanks to such technologies as spray-guided direct fuel injection and dual independent variable cam timing, plus a variable inlet manifold on the naturally aspirated version. Both the naturally aspirated and supercharged engines have 15,000-mile or one-year service intervals, with complimentary scheduled maintenance for the first 5 years or 50,000 miles courtesy of Jaguar Platinum Coverage.
Jaguar tuned the XK’s exhaust sound for a deep, powerful character befitting a high-performance grand-tourer. The XKR is additionally equipped with an active exhaust system in which valves open at higher speeds to provide an even more powerful note. Also in the XKR, a special acoustic filter at the rear of the engine, tuned to “tenor C”, feeds intake sound to the cabin under hard acceleration.
The XK and XKR interiors reflect Jaguar’s renowned craftsmanship and attention to luxury detail. All interiors are appointed with luxurious soft-grain leather with contrast stitching and offer a wide choice of interior color options. Wood veneers include a Rich Oak option for the XK alongside the classic Burl Walnut for both models. The XK also offers the choice of Ebony or Knurled Aluminum, while the XKR also offers Dark Oak or Dark Mesh Aluminum.
Heated and cooled front seats with 16-way power adjustment and memory are standard equipment on all models; the XKR models have a unique R-style seat design. The XKR’s instruments emphasize its performance character with red pointers, while all models feature white instrument gauge illumination.