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Jaguar XKR Speed Pack (2010) first pictures

Wed, 17 Feb 2010

Jaguar will launch two new styling and performance packs for the 2011 model year XKR coupe at the Geneva motor show. The new XKR Speed Pack and Black Pack lets customers spec up styling accoutrements and raise the top speed from a limited 155mph to 174mph.

This Jag XKR does what it says on the tin, unleashing the potential of the 503bhp/461lb ft supercharged V8 for a £3500 supplement. Top speed is raised from 155mph to 174mph, after some ECU tweaking – and even that top whack is limited.

The Jag XKR Speed Pack includes a new front splitter and larger rear spoiler to counter lift, while the active diff is retuned to boost stability on those 20in alloys. Body-coloured sills and rear diffuser and chrome-tinted window surrounds, grilles and side gills are further giveaways.

The Black Pack is a styling kit available only on Speed Pack-specced XKRs and adds a further £500 to the bill. No prizes for guessing what this one’s about: it’s all about stealth black, making it perfect for drugs dealers or goths.

All XKRs ordered with the Black Pack come with wheels painted black gloss, with a similar dark hue on the window chrome, grille, spoilers and charcoal leather inside. All very moody.

But – hang on a minute – what’s this? You can in fact spec the XKR Black Pack with Polaris White or Salsa Red paint instead of the Ultimate Black colour. Which leaves us very confused…

The £78,955 range-topping XKR on show at Geneva will sport both packs, plus piano black veneer and the red brake callipers now standard on all supercharged XKs.

Prices for the new 2011 model year XK range start at £61,955 for a 5.0 naturally aspirated V8.

By Tim Pollard