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OCUK world exclusive - New Jaguar XKR - 56K no

Discussion in 'Motors' started by BigT, 25 Feb 2006.

  1. BigT

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    Well perhaps not, but I don't think many will have seen one of these before.

    While over in France this afternoon I stumbled across this:

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    I got out and thought to myself, "That looks like the new Jaguar XK8". And sure enough it had Jaguar across the back. Then I noticed the disguises, guages and stuff straped to it and thought, "Hey this car has been road tested by journalists, why is it still under wraps".

    I was then approached by a team of people who appeared out of a Range Rover and a Range Rover Sport. they sked me to put the camera away and then explained that this was the new XKR model that they had just taken to Europe for testing. They did a lot of winter testing at altitude in Switzerland and had been to the 'ring where it lapped in 08:02. They told me that this was exceptional for a cabriolet and they felt this was the best handling ragtop in the world. Not knowing enough to say whether this was BS or not, I thought I'd ask the mighty fine forumites here. Does that sound like a good time for laping the 'ring? I remember Evo looking to break 8 moinutes in a previous generation M3 so I was not that impressed but I am ignorant of such matters and what it being a cabrio does to the handling.

    I have to say, even though it was covered in muck and disguised it still looked a million dollars in the flesh.
     
  2. Tax Evader

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    Hmmm, don't really like the decals... they should do it without.
     
  3. Enfield

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    I think the soft top alters the handling because it's not quite as stiff so there's more body roll.

    Don't quote me on that though.
     
  4. BigT

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    I didn't notice a smilie. You do know they are not there as decoration and are used just to wire in sensors and disguise the general lines of the car a bit. :confused: Just like those rear alloys will not have a great big black bit of plastic coming out of the centre. :p
     
  5. great advice

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    Looks nice, but the headlights look like they fell off a Hyundai sports car wannabe thingy :D
     
  6. Jokester

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    There was a picture of one of these in the paper last week after a test driver crashed it off road in South Africa. Ended up on it's roof.

    Jokester
     
  7. Tax Evader

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    Ok

    8m02s would be very VERY good for a ragtop. The regular M3 did a 8m22s.
     
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  8. Enfield

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    The lights don't look too disimilar from the Mitsubishi GTO's...
     
  9. Tax Evader

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    Hehe, yeah I don't like to use smilies.. If I do I start to talk to them
     
  10. JRS

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    I saw one of the coup├ęs leaving Browns Lane the other week...it blew past me like I was standing still (and I was doing 60mph).
     
  11. Beepcake

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    I got all excited thinking it was the XKR, but it's the XK :( Hope they do something a little more than a couple of grills on the bonnet on the fast one this time :)
     
  12. BigT

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    Well they assured me that this was setup exactly as the XKR is going to be when released later this year. It has different brakes, suspension and the supercharged engine that the XKR is going to have. I don't have much of a clue if it is the same shell as the XK they're using for testing. I don't see why they'd go t the trouble of disguising it a bit if it is just a standard XK shell.

    Edit: The only difference I see visually actually are the quad tailpipes. Looking at the new XK web site, the new car has only two.
     
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  13. Beepcake

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    They are probably just using the XK shell for testing the engine/suspension setup; i'll be surprised if there aren't a few more obvious visible differences so people know you paid the extra money :)
     
  14. Locky

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    im working at jaguar atm on nights

    where they are making these

    and also other makes not been relased

    and that pic does looks very poor compared to the ones ive seen

    im going to take some pics of the cars being made

    engine box running gear dash the lot

    anyone interested?
     
  15. kaiowas

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    Are you serious? You'd be dragged out of the door by security in a flash if you tried anything like that here
     
  16. Locky

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    lol are they keen on photos?
     
  17. Stellios

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    Tis gorgeous :cool:
     
  18. thepharcyde

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    I take it you dont like your job then, if not then yeah more pics :D
     
  19. Bennah

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    Good pics mate. Could of been worse and they could of made you delete the pics or took your camera :p

    I like the car. Look alot better, when its to its normal glory with the tape and such and a good clean.

    Take some pics of the car on the assembly line, would be great to see the finish article aswell :D
     
  20. kaiowas

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    Obviously can't speak for Jaguar but at Lotus cameras are tightly controlled. All visitors must leave any camera equipment (including mobiles with cameras) with security. It's only quite recently that staff have been allowed to bring camera phones on site and even then if anyone is caught using it (for anything at all) they'll be disciplined.

    If I was to take pics and post them on the internet I'd expect to lose my job if I was found out.