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2013 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible: The Fastest Ragtop Cat, Ever 16
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible, Automotive, Jaguar, Kurt, Los Angeles Auto Show on 11 16th, 2011

The Jaguar XKR-S Convertible. Image: Jaguar Land Rover

If you ask us, the front end of the new Jaguar XKR-S is just a bit overdone. Sure, the flares before the front wheel arches are probably functional, reducing air pressure buildup (and lift) in the front wheel wells, but the overall effect is that someone threw a cheap body kit on a Jaguar. The drooping snout doesn’t help, either, and makes the front of the XKR-S Convertible look like a cross between a grasshopper and a channel catfish.

That said, it in no way diminishes our lust for the 550-horsepower ragtop. Let’s put it this way: if Scarlett Johansson knocked on your door and said, “let’s party,” would you say “pass” if she was wearing too much makeup? We didn’t think so.

The 2013 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible joins the XKR-S Coupe in Jaguar’s lineup, and shares the same supercharged V-8 as its hardtop stablemate. As mentioned, it’s good for 550 horsepower and 502 lb.-ft. of torque, which is good enough to get the ragtop XKR-S from 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds, on the way to a 186 mile per hour top speed.

Thanks to the extensive use of aluminum, the Jag’s body is the stiffest in its class, despite the loss of its top. The suspension has been revised to improve handling, but Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system will ensure that the ride isn’t punishing on the way to the track (or your favorite canyon road).

On more sedate XK models, the convertible commands a $6,000 premium over the price of the coupe. Expect a similar markup for the XKR-S Convertible, which would put the price at $138,000 when the car hits Jaguar dealers in early 2012. In the meantime, enjoy the video (hosted by Left Lane News) of the XKR-S stretching its legs in Germany, below.

2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible To Premier In L.A. 11
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible, auto show, Automotive, Jaguar, Kurt, L.A. Auto Show on 11 11th, 2011

The Jaguar XKR-S Coupe stretches its legs at Goodwood. Image: Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar may be dropping the 2012 North American International Auto Show in favor of the Mumbai Auto Show, but the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) brand seems to be making up for it with a renewed focus on the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. Premiering at next week’s L.A. Auto Show is the 2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible, which will be the fastest drop-top to ever carry the “Growler” emblem.

How fast? The XKR-S Coupe’s 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 packs nearly 545 horsepower and just over 500 lb.-ft. of torque, which is good enough to hit sixty from a standing start in just 4.2 seconds. Top speed of the Coupe is a seriously quick 186 miles per hour, although it’s likely that the Convertible will be a few ticks slower (since it will carry extra chassis bracing) and may not have the same top-shredding maximum velocity.

That’s not all from Jaguar, either: the seriously sexy C-X16 Production Concept will make its North American debut in Los Angeles. Powered by a 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6 good for 375 horsepower, the C-X16 also gets supplemental power from a 94 horsepower electric motor. A true “performance hybrid,” the C-X16 even boasts a “push to pass” feature, like a Formula 1 car.

Jaguar has indicated that the C-X16 will see “limited production,” but like Porsche’s 918 will be stratospherically expensive. We don’t expect any more news on this in Los Angeles, but we’ll be sure to update you if anything breaks.