641-PS, track-focused Jaguar XKR lets you row your own gears
Jaguar classics are rare visitors to tuning shops, but the creator of this unique XKR coupe had spent 13 long years conceptualizing it before it was completed. The result is like nothing you can buy from the factory.
The tuner started with a model year 1998 car, stripping it of its four-liter supercharged V8 and installing a more up-to-date 4.4-liter Land Rover V8 in its place. A Whipple supercharger, special forged pistons, perforated cylinder heads and brand-new intake and exhaust systems enabled the mill to send 641 PS (632 hp / 471 kW) to the asphalt. The original car had 266 PS (262 hp / 196 kW) less than that.
However, it is the transmission that makes things truly interesting in this project. This XKR might be the world’s only one driven through a six-speed manual gearbox. Further track-friendly modifications include a dual-plate ceramic clutch, an LSD and a heavy-duty driveshaft.
Rounding things off in style is a complete exterior overhaul in blue with yellow highlights, as well as a new front splitter and rear wing. Blue safety belts inside help tie the whole together.
Editor Andrew Raspopov
Source:Forma car News
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