- Competes with: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, Audi R8 GT
- Looks like: A track-tuned version of the Jaguar XKR coupe, which it is
- Drivetrain: 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 making 550-hp and 502 lbs.-ft. of torque, six-speed automatic transmission
- Hits dealerships: August 2013
- MSRP: $174,000
The game of supercar one-upsmanship continues between the world's leading luxury automakers, and Jaguar has fired the latest shot with the unveiling of the new 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT coupe. A track-ready but street-legal road racer, the new Jag builds off the super-fast and ultralight XKR-S coupe with the addition of a host of carbon fiber aerodynamic parts and suspension upgrades.
The most obvious changes are to the body — there's a new carbon fiber front air dam, "dive planes," wheel arch spats, rear wing and rear diffuser to increase downforce to a maximum of 320 pounds at the car's top speed of 186 mph. It's also got a carbon ceramic brake system and a race-derived, height-adjustable twin-spring suspension system. Jaguar has replaced the front and rear suspension arms, uprights, wheel bearings, bushings and the car's rear subframe as well.