Jaguar XKR-S GT Hits the Track (Wet)

by Paul Strauss

/DRIVE’s Chris Harris takes the outlandishly expensive Jag XKR-S GT out for a drive and learns just what $174,000+ buys you. Despite the fact that¬†Jaguar’s in-house performance team didn’t do anything to the stock engine, the aerodynamic and chassis upgrades are more than enough to boost this ride from an elegant touring sportster to a true track day monster. It’s not like its stock 540 horsepower V8 was anything to sneeze at in the first place.

Key enhancements you’ll find in the XKR-S GT include improved airflow, a large carbon fiber front splitter, flattened aluminum underbody and a large rear spoiler which adds tremendous downforce. Massive carbon fiber brakes help bring things to a quick stop without the slightest fade. It’s also got a steering system based on the one in the F-Type. Inside the cabin, it’s got a half roll cage in place of the small rear seat – which makes it much more track friendly too. To keep things grippy on the track, it ships with Pirelli Corsa radials. ¬†All of these parts are quite expensive, hence the nearly $42,000 price difference from the stock XKR-S.

Too bad it’s always raining in England. We’d love to see how the GT performs on a bone-dry track.

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