Jaguar has been filling out its lineup at both ends of the power spectrum. Now, just a few days before the Frankfurt motor show, the British automaker has revealed additional details on its new range-topping sedan first announced this summer.
The 2018 Jaguar XJR575 will have 575 hp — as its name suggests — and 517 lb-ft of torque on tap, courtesy of a specially tuned version of the corporate supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. This will be good enough for sprints from 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph, achievable in just 44 seconds — the kind of getaway times that make Bond villains cackle with pleasure.
Based on a long-wheelbase version of the largest sedan in the lineup, the XJR575 will be offered in rear-wheel-drive form only, which should make for some pretty entertaining “Professional Driver, Closed Course” high jinks.
How will you be able to spot the XJR575 in traffic? The most powerful XJ ever produced will wear 20-inch 5 split-spoke “Style 5044” gloss-black wheels, along with a revised front bumper, rear spoiler, side sills and lower air intakes with gloss black surrounds. The XJR575 will also feature red-painted brake calipers, as well as special badging, as one would expect; and Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations developed two additional colors just for this model — satin Corris gray and velocity blue — but regular XJ colors will be available, as well.
The XJR575 will offer a few exclusive interior details, including embroidered logos on headrests.
Once safely inside, captains of industry, presidents-in-waiting, presidents-in-exile and presidents-for-life will be treated to diamond-quilted upholstery with embroidered “575” logos and will also be able to order the Premium Rear Seat Package that will offer two Business Class-style reclining seats with three different massage programs. Rear seat passengers will be able to watch stocks go up and down on foldaway, 10.2-inch, high-resolution screens, or sketch a battlefield map of a planned coup d’etat on the leather-surfaced business tables that fold out of the backs of the front seats. XJR575 owners will also be able to stay in touch with their accountants via the sedan’s 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, which can provide a connection for up to eight devices. Up front, the owner or the chauffeur will be able to use the new 10-inch infotainment touchscreen designed for smartphone-like swiping and pinch-to-zoom motions.
How much will all of this cost? The XJR575 will start at $123,395, a bump of $26,100 over the XJR Supercharged that’s powered by a 470-hp version of the 5.0-liter V8. The XJR575 will go on sale in a few weeks.