By Kyle Kock
Jaguar unveils another addition to the already ultra-desirable XK range in the form of the special edition XKR Portfolio. The new Jaguar will be available in coupe and convertible form and, as indicated by the special edition moniker, will be very exclusive.content here
The XKR Portfolio features the already powerful styling cues of XKRs before it. The standard XKR’s enhanced front bumper, bonnet louvres and aluminium-finish grilles and side power vents are rendered more distinguishable on the Portfolio with exclusive “Celestial Black” exterior paint and 20-inch Cremona five spoke alloy wheels.
The Portfolio’s interior presents a raft of luxurious appointments. These new additions include a new alloy and leather gearshift selector, soft-grab door handles, contrast stitching throughout the cabin, leather-edged mats with a Jaguar logo and distinctive Portfolio treadplates on the doorsills. Drivers have the option of a Satin American Walnut veneer over the standard, but just as unique, engine-spun aluminium veneer.
Jaguar’s new partnership with renowned audio entertainment specialists Bowers & Wilkins, sees the XKR Portfolio fitted with a stunning set of speakers that complement Jaguar’s 525W Premium Audio system with Dolby Pro logic II. High-output, low-distortion Kevlar mid-range speakers and specially designed aluminium-dome tweeters are said to deliver superb mid-range and extended high-frequency responses.
The surround sound system should have a hard time drowning out the sound of the 4,2-litre supercharged V8 though. The heart of this car pushes out 306 kW at 6 250 r/min and 560 N.m at 4 000 r/min. The class-leading advanced aluminium construction ensures that a dynamic and lightweight chassis that strikes a fine balance between agile handling and a refined ride matches the grunt from the engine. The six-speed Jaguar Sequential Shift allows the XKR Portfolio to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4,9 seconds (5,3 seconds for the convertible) and reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.
Brake manufacturer Alcon provide the largest, most powerful brakes ever seen on a production Jaguar. The 400 mm front brake discs are retarded by powerful six-piston callipers, while at the rear, four-piston callipers operate on 350 mm discs. Jaguar claim the XKR Portfolio’s brakes produce fade-free performance, with surefooted reassurance time after time.
Jaguar has just built another achingly attractive model that is sure to leave many-an onlooker wanting, but hurry, because Jaguar isn’t joking about the “limited edition” part – this model will be launched in August and only 6 vehicles will be available in South Africa at the following dealers:
Jaguar Cape Town
Recommended Retail Prices
XKR Coupe Portfolio R1 111 200