News like this gives gearheads the world over reason to rejoice. Jaguar will reportedly be creating more high performance “R-S” and “R-S GT” models of both current and future cars. Similar in philosophy to the manic Black Series range from Mercedes-Benz and the M-cars from BMW, Jaguar’s R-S and R-S GT packages will bestow increasingly higher levels of performance to each model.
With this change, the current “R” option will essentially become the entry level performance package offered by Jaguar. Customers looking to turn up the wick on either the XFR or the XKR can tick the “R-S” box on the options list. When the R-S badge is applied to the XF sedan, power output jumps to a whopping 550 horsepower and 520 pound-feet of torque from its 5.0 liter supercharged V-8 engine. And the results are basically identical with the XKR-S: Jag’s coupe also makes 550 horsepower from a blown V-8, and sprints to 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds. According to Jaguar, the big XJ sedan (the R version of the XJ was recently revealed at the New York Auto Show in April), should benefit from the R-S option in the future.
But it’s with the R-S GT cars that things get really good. These models will target the well heeled connoisseur who is looking for a hardcore, track-focused vehicle that can compete with the likes of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The first Jaguar to carry the new name is the wild, track-focused XKR-S GT which was unveiled at the New York Auto Show (the car looks even more menacing in person). Originally, Jaguar was only going to produce 25 of these $170,000-plus track machines, but is reportedly increasing that number due to the car’s positive reception. Under all those scoops and aerodynamic aids lives a 5.0 liter supercharged V-8 that pumps out 550 horsepower, enough to hurl this Jag to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds. Other performance enhancing modifications include a wider front track, lightweight wheels, rear diffuser, and carbon ceramic brakes, a Jaguar production car first. The XFR-S is another likely candidate for the bonkers R-S GT treatment, as is the new F Type.
In another exciting piece of news, Jaguar’s sister company, Land Rover, could also introduce a high performance package on some of its models akin to what Jaguar is doing with its R-S cars—spy photographers scooped what appeared to be a hotted up Range Rover Sport circling the Nurburgring last month. Plenty of good news from across the pond then. We can’t wait to see what develops.