Jaguar Bringing 550-Horsepower XJR To NYC

By Brandon Turkus

March 21, 2013

Jaguar is stepping up to the plate when it comes to high-powered luxury sedans, with an R version of its flagship XJ. Packing the same 550-horsepower, 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 found in the XFR-S and XKR-S, the new XJR will compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG and Audi S8.
Besides the increased grunt afforded by one of the sweetest sounding eight-cylinders around, the XJR has benefited from testing at the Nurburgring. Improved brakes, steering, and suspension tuning are complemented by a refreshed exterior design.
From the one image we have, we can see larger, low-profile wheels and an aggressive body treatment befitting of one of Jaguar’s R models. We’d expect a similar enhancement to the interior.
We’ll see the 2014 XJR in all its glory when it debuts at next week’s New York Auto Show.
Please scroll down for the official press release from Jaguar.
Jaguar Expands R Performance Lineup with Dynamic New Model Making Global Debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show
Jaguar's R models offer the highest levels of visceral Jaguar performance and design
Jaguar R lineup expands with addition of XJR making global debut at New York Show
Jaguar XJR with 550HP becomes dynamic flagship sedan of Jaguar Lineup
New York Show will feature Jaguar R performance models alongside the other newest members of Jaguar family: the Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible and Jaguar XJ and XF All Wheel Drive sedans
(MAHWAH, N.J.) - March 20, 2013- Jaguar will expand its R performance lineup with the global debut of the 2014 Jaguar XJR Sedan at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.  The new high-performance model - the dynamic flagship of the XJ series - will join the expanding Jaguar lineup on display that includes All Wheel Drive sedans and the exciting Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible, which goes on sale this summer.
The 2014 Jaguar XJR will be the highest performance XJ sedan with 550-HP and a raft of other modifications, but also an extraordinary opulent machine with more than expected levels of interior luxury.
Jaguar R represents the highest levels of dynamic driving performance and attention grabbing design across Jaguar's luxury lineup. Jaguar R models start with the brand's highest levels of power, backed by steering, suspension and braking enhancements, that have been tested at the company's Nurburgring Test Center. Final touches include interior and functional exterior design that sometimes subtly, sometimes not so subtly, hints at the elevated dynamics that lie beneath the surface.
According to Andy Goss, President, Jaguar Land Rover North America, "Jaguar is growing its product lineup to meet a far wider spectrum of customer demands ranging from sedans with 2.0 liter and 3.0 liter engines and All Wheel Drive to the exciting new F-TYPE sports car. It is clear that performance will continue to lie at the heart and soul of the brand. To that end, the growing R performance lineup offers our customers the truly elevated dynamics and design, but in a Jaguar luxury package. The Jaguar XJR is a British performance machine that delivers emotionally and dynamically on the road and on the track."