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Jaguar XKR-S Cabrio in the driving report: The under eight-minute convertible

Jaguar XKR-S convertible in the driving report
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Z u some occasions as a driver should be safe having pocketed the driver's license. For example, when you're traveling in the USA in a matt black convertible with a roll cage, fire extinguishing system and British registration.

But why the martial appearance? A test vehicle was available for the first outing with the new Jaguar XKR-S convertible, with which racing professional Sascha Bert had lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than eight minutes a few weeks earlier. For the clientele of the € 138,100 sports car, this time is more likely to play a role at the noble regulars' tables in the yacht or golf club, which is why a public road is more than sufficient for a first trip - especially since the 550 hp eight-cylinder engine is already a coarsely woven one when it is stationary , scratchy sound carpet unfolds, for which some would sell their wives.

Jaguar XKR-S convertible with perfectly fitting hood

You have hardly threaded your way through the cage onto the bucket seat and properly moored in the four-point belt, the compressor unit of the Jaguar XKR-S convertible barks briefly after pressing the start button, only to pound aggressively in idle. When the sport mode is activated, the flap control in the exhaust system is on pull-through, otherwise it opens depending on the accelerator pedal position and engine speed. Recommended sound setting: radio off, convertible top up. The Jaguar XKR-S convertible rolls off with a grumble and makes it clear, even at low speeds, that a car can move forward perfectly even without suspension comfort. The chassis is not interested in short bumps at all, which is primarily due to the springs of the Jaguar XKR-S convertible, which are 28 percent harder than the XKR. In addition, the adaptive dampers have been re-programmed and the standard 20-inch wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tires have to stick and not roll smoothly.

But who wants to drive slowly when the brochure shows off them that with the Jaguar XKR-S Cabrio the 100 km /h mark can be cracked within 4.4 seconds and the convertible top sits perfectly even at the top speed of 300 km /h, as if it were impregnated with three-weather taffeta .

Jaguar XKR-S Cabrio is the basis for Coupé

Since the Jaguar XKR-S Cabrio was the basis for the Coupé and not the other way around, they promiseBritish also have a high torsional stiffness. In fact, regardless of the humorless chassis set-up, the body proves to be unshakable, although it also cheats a bit, after all, it got the roll cage fried in the structure. This feature is not on the equipment list, nor are the racing bucket seats. For this, the driver and front passenger sit on Recaro sports shells with a soft leather cover, which can be adjusted to the point of disorientation and whose lateral support is absolutely sufficient. If need be, six-point belts can also be threaded through here.

And if need be, the Jaguar XKR-S Cabrio blows the tiles off the walls in tunnels. When the gas is fully deployed, the direct injection engine fires crackling bass from its four tailpipes, as if it had never heard of noise emission standards. He bites immediately, which, thanks to the 295 millimeter wide rear tires, rarely embarrasses the active differential lock - at least on dry roads.

Drifting wonderfully with the Jaguar XKR-S Convertible

The 5.0-liter engine of the Jaguar XKR-S Cabrio sends its maximum torque of 680 Newton meters to the cardan shaft at 2,500 rpm and then continues to turn up to over 6,500 rpm. The British once again hired a six-speed automatic system from ZF as a performance manager, which reacts promptly to the shift commands entered via the steering wheel paddle, even in manual mode. Somewhat surprising, however: the comparatively smooth steering. Anyone who circles the Jaguar XKR-S Cabrio fairly quickly through alternating curves, however, can neither accuse it of a lack of directness nor a lack of feedback - as the 1.8-tonne two-plus two-seater can hardly be criticized in terms of driving dynamics.

Understeer? A little, especially when you forget to whet your way around corners easily. Oversteer? Gladly, if the driver wants it. According to Sascha Bert, the noble Jaguar XKR-S convertible is great for drifting. A self-experiment with regard to presumably less understanding cops, however, fails. A forgotten driver's license would be the smallest problem.


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