We’ve already driven the Jaguar XKR-S, and came away from the experience wondering who’d really want to buy an Aston Martin, such was its monstrous all-round ability. It’s a predictable move to add a convertible version to the range, as Jaguar continues to build cars people actually want – and reap profit and success rewards as a consequence. But what of the £100K 180mph-plus XKR-S?
As the fastest-ever open-topped Jaguar, the 542bhp 502lb ft XKR-S has a lot to live up to. In terms of performance figures it benchmarks at 186mph and 4.2secs from 0-60mph, but as we know, it’s how the performance is delivered, and with such mid-range torque, big speeds come effortlessly. It’s an addictive beast.
The styling follows the XKR-S coupe, with its new, deeper bumper, sporting Graham Hill-style sideburns (well, they’re air intakes, but you know what we mean), and carbonfibre air dams. It’s lowered, too, by 10mm.
So, welcome the UK’s latest entry to the open-topped supercar club.