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XKR: Pushing The Cat Back Into The Black

By Michelle Crimson

Jaguar has earlier unveiled its new XKR model which gets extra 120 horsepower compared to the XK model. The British car maker meticulously designed and manufactured the latest XKR to attain a powerful and posh vehicle without drilling a hole in the purchaser's pocket. XKR is also expected to push Jaguar to its original standing in the automotive arena at the same time recover from the losses it had previously experienced.

The new member of the Jaguar clan came from XK series. Said series, which is deemed as grand tourer, is composed of the XKR and XK8. It is produced to replace XJS. The power of said vehicle came from the automaker's DOHC V-8 engine with 4 valves per cylinder. Jaguar engineers say that the noise of the supercharger vehicle is reduced by 5 decibels. On the other hand, the intake noise is muted and the exhaust tuned. When idle, the engine exudes the aura of a V-8 however; when it is driven, it looks like an exotic Italian car combined with an American rugged vehicle.

From an angle, Jaguar XKR can be perceived as either a coupe or a convertible. It is neither flamboyant nor traditional. However, it has entertained modifications on Jaguar XKR air intake, aluminum-trimmed side gills, aluminum mesh grilles in front, black brake calipers, wheel option, quad-tip exhaust, 'R' badging, and lower rear fascia.

The latest version of the vehicle is powered by an enhanced Jaguar XKR steering system. The latter is the famed variable-ratio, electro-hydraulic Servotronic steering system, which has a speed-sensitive variable assist. It can be used in different driving conditions. Another powerful system incorporated to the supercharged XKR is CATS (Computer Active Technology Suspension). The latter has been tweaked by the car maker for enhanced reflexes. Hence, it can swiftly handle the shifting of driving from soft to firm.

The interior of XKR also entertained modest upgrades which include sport seats with more lateral support, aluminum-weave trim, standard DVD navigation system, climate control and more, to yield a more desirable vehicle.
About the Author
Michelle Crimson holds a degree in business administration. She is currently working as an editor in New Orleans, Louisiana. This 32 year old mother of two is also a car racing fanatic

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