Plus-Size Performance Pussycat: Jaguar Previews 550-hp 2014 XJR [2013 New York Auto Show]
The XJR returns! Jaguar has announced it will release an XJR sedan for 2014, and that the sporty model will debut at the 2013 New York auto show. Recently, Jaguar gave the XJ a mild refresh for 2013, but it hasn’t sold an R version of its biggest sedan since 2009, the year before the new-look, current-generation model bowed.
- Instrumented Test: 2012 Jaguar XJL Supersport
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- Instrumented Test: 2013 Jaguar XF 2.0T
Unlike Jaguar’s other R models, the 510-hp XFR and the XKR, the XJR will be powered by a 550-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine shared with the higher-output XFR-S and XKR-S. It also will receive the requisite host of chassis and suspension enhancements to improve handling and braking. As is clear from the single XJR photo Jaguar released, the car also will get subtle cosmetic upgrades to visually announce its R-itude. The XJR likely will slot into the XJ lineup above the 510-hp XJ Supersport and XJL Supersport, which until now has been the spiciest XJ on offer.
Look for more details—like whether the XJR will be offered only in short-wheelbase, non-L form—to follow the XJR’s debut in New York. A part of us really hopes Jaguar decides to take the XJR one step further and roll out an even more-powerful (and French Racing Blue) XJR-S.