Jaguar to unveil fastest ever XK
2011 Jaguar XKR with Speed Pack
1st March, 2010
Jaguar will unveil the latest dramatic evolution of its
supercharged XKR coupe at the Geneva Motor Show later this week. This XKR delivers a significantly
raised maximum speed – up to 174 mph from 155 mph – and bold styling changes that provide an evocative
and unique supercharged Jaguar.
The XKR Coupe to be unveiled at Geneva showcases two new optional performance and styling packs –
Speed Pack and Black Pack - that are introduced to the XK range for the 2011 model year. Jaguar
customers have the option to personalise their vehicle to provide a car that offers even greater
performance without compromising the refinement and luxury for which every Jaguar is renowned.
By raising the XKR’s maximum speed the new car has extended its sporting credentials taking it even
further into super car performance territory.
Russ Varney, Chief Programme Engineer, XK Series, explains the philosophy behind the uprated XKR:
“With 510 PS and 625 Nm of torque, the XKR has immense reserves of power and acceleration which
impress everyone who experience it. The car has always had the potential to reach speeds far beyond
its original electronically limited maximum and many of our customers have expressed an interest in a
car that can safely be driven faster where conditions permit. The new Speed Pack allows them to release
some of that potential and give them control of the fastest Jaguar XK we’ve made to date.”
The XKR Coupe to be featured at the Geneva Show on 4th March 2010 pairs both the optional Speed and
Black Packs to provide the bold new model, which also sports optional Piano Black veneers on the
dashboard and red brake callipers.
The XKR Speed Pack
The XKR Coupe with new optional Speed Pack allows customers to further strengthen their XKR’s
already impressive breadth of capability, by extending the car’s top speed from 155 mph (250 km/h) to
an electronically limited 174 mph (280 km/h) thanks to a unique engine and transmission
To ensure the XKR with Speed Pack remains stable at high speeds, the coupe uses a revised front
aerodynamic splitter and larger rear spoiler to provide increased balance and a reduction in lift. The
XKR’s computerised Active Differential Control also adjusts to reduce steering sensitivity at very
high speeds, further improving stability and driver control.
Every XKR with the Speed Pack will come with body-coloured side sills and rear diffuser, and a
chrome finish to the window surrounds, upper and lower mesh grilles, side 'power vents' and boot lid
finisher. Red brake callipers with a Jaguar ‘R’ logo sit inside 20 inch Kasuga alloy wheels.
Customers who order the XKR Coupe with the Speed Pack will be offered a paint palette that is part
of the Jaguar Designers’ Choice programme – a range of colours that have been specifically chosen to
compliment the performance potential of the car. Seven colours are available on Speed Pack models –
Ultimate Black, Polaris White, Salsa Red, Liquid Silver, Lunar Grey, Kyanite Blue and Spectrum
The XKR Speed and Black Pack
For customers looking to make a real statement with their Speed Pack XKR Coupe, the new optional
Black Pack allows them to own a bold and purposeful Jaguar with undeniable visual impact thanks to
menacing gloss black wheels and exterior detailing.
Available only with the Speed Pack, XKRs fitted with the Black Pack have a paint palette selected
from colours that Jaguar’s Design team believe to be ideal for making a coupe with immediate
exclusivity. The Black Pack models will be available in Ultimate Black, Polaris White or Salsa Red
and boast eye-catching 20 inch gloss black Kalimnos alloy wheels.
Further gloss black finishing is applied to the window surrounds and front grilles. Red painted
brake callipers contrast strongly with the black alloy wheels, while body coloured front and rear
spoilers and boot lid finisher round out the package. Customers also have the option to apply a
sweeping ‘XKR’ side body graphic that runs along the door sills.
Jaguar’s Design Director, Ian Callum, says the new Black Pack is a fitting addition to the XKR:
“While Jaguars are about beauty, they are also about speed and power. With the optional Black Pack you
can now add a sense of drama and severity to that performance.”
In addition to the Black Pack’s exterior changes, the Jaguar Designers’ Choice programme has also
selected a range of interior trims that support the visual impact of the car. All XKRs with the Black Pack
will be trimmed with Charcoal leather hides that can be personalised with a range of colour stitching
and grain. Three interior finishes and veneers for the fascia and door trims are also available – Dark Oak,
Dark Mesh Aluminium and Piano Black.
Other enhancements for 11MY
To underline the XKR's sporting credentials at 11MY red brake callipers become standard on all XKR
Coupe and Convertible models.
A tyre repair Instant Mobility System (IMS) becomes standard on all XK and XKR models. This frees up
the 30 litre wheel well, which is now carpeted and can hold a specially designed and tailored XK accessory
suitcase, substantially increasing the versatility of the car.