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Jaguar XKR-S 0 to 60 - Video

Posted on March 16, 2013 at 12:15 AM

A couple of weeks ago I posted a full recap of my day at the Jaguar ALIVE Driving Event. (If you haven't read it, you should; it was a great day!)

One of the events was a 0 to 60 speed run in the fastest production Jaguar ever, the 550 HP XKR-S. Here's a brief excerpt from my post:

We tried out a couple of different cars and then headed to the 0-60 course. Here you get to jump in to the fastest Jag, the XKR-S and just press down the gas and go, and go, and GO! I jump in and again the pro driver was super cool. I asked him why the car though rated a 550 HP could “only” hit 0-60 in 4.2, which, in the world of “super cars” is really not that super. He explained that the car is really not a sports car, but a touring sedan. And that while a Ferrari or Corvette might be slightly faster to 60, you wouldn’t really want to drive in it cross country, which the Jag is bred for. Plus, the car is several hundred pounds heavier to include lots of comfort and tech that make the drive more pleasurable, but that they cut out of true sports cars. Also, he said that the car’s 4.2 rating is very conservative, and that it will hit that in any environment, say in Colorado. But if you took the car to a track in LA it would probably hit 3.9, but that Jag wants every owner to be able to realize the stated performance. Fair enough.

So he explains, “I want you to just roll into the gas. The track surface here is garbage and if you just pound it, you’ll just spin out. So roll into it and then press it down to the carpet and hold until I tell you to lift. You’re going to want to lift, but just trust me and hold it till I say stop.”

“And then?” I ask, wanting to make sure I’m totally squared away on the agenda here, as I’m going to be flooring a car with a 550 HP and a top speed of 186.

“Then BIG press and steady, firm hold on the brake. Just mash it to the floor and hold it. OK. Ready?”


“Let’s do it.”

Here's the full video of my speed run:

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Thanks again, Jaguar and Meridian Audio! It was awesome! Again, check out the full post on my day if you haven't already...

Categories: March 2013

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