New Jaguar XJR revealed

A new high-performance Jaguar XJR, powered by a 542bhp supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine, debuted at the recent New York Motor Show.

Capable of covering 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and hitting a limited top speed of 174mph, the XJR brings supercar performance to the XJ range. The XJR will go on sale this summer.

Ian Callum, Jaguar’s design director, said: "This XJR is the flagship XJ and I'm delighted we've got it back into the range. This is a premium luxury supercar that also has an extremely purposeful look to it. This car will surprise, there's no doubt about it."

Jaguar also used the occasion to launch the striking new XKR-S GT, which it promises is the “ultimate road-going XK”.

The production plan is currently limited to just 30 cars for the North American market, but a right-hand drive has not been ruled out if there is demand.

It is basically the 542bhp supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine carried over from the XJR, but with a radical new carbon fibre body and other features added.

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