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The 2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible embodies all the characteristics that have
always defined legendary Jaguar GTs - explosive performance, precise handling,
relaxed comfort and discreet luxury - while taking Jaguar into a new performance
level. The new XKR-S Convertible sits at the pinnacle of the XK range, which now
consists of XK, XKR and XKR-S derivatives in coupe and convertible body styles.
The XKR-S Convertible receives the performance, dynamics, design, and interior
upgrades originally introduced on its coupe sibling to create the fastest ever
open-top Jaguar GT.
"The new XKR-S Convertible represents the pinnacle of performance and glamour in
motoring, there is nothing as liberating as experiencing life from behind the
wheel of an open-topped Jaguar and the new XKR-S Convertible takes the Jaguar GT
experience to new heights," says Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Cars Global Brand
XKR-S Convertible's Design
Externally the 2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible is differentiated from other XK
models with carefully calibrated aerodynamic aids that allow it to perform at
very high speeds. Extensive Computational Fluid Dynamics, wind tunnel and track
work has resulted in the aerodynamic design changes applied to the XKR-S
Convertible. These perform an essential function in maintaining stability in an
open-topped car capable of speeds as high as 186 mph.
These aerodynamic design changes give the front of the car a dramatic and bold
appearance. Vertical feature lines run down from the edges of the oval air
intake into a new bumper design which incorporates a wider, lower air intake, a
carbon fiber splitter and twin side nacelles. At the edges of the bumper,
vertical panels channel air down the side of the car along new sills, which
serve to both smooth the horizontal airflow and emphasize the 0.4-inch reduction
in ride height.
A unique rear wing with a carbon fiber inlay works in conjunction with a rear
apron featuring a carbon fiber diffuser. The result is a reduction in overall
lift of 26 percent and balanced aerodynamics front and rear to keep the car
connected to the road.
The exterior changes are highlighted by the application of gloss black to the
exterior bright work, complemented by the dark technical finish of the
lightweight, forged 20" Vulcan design alloy wheels through which can be seen the
Jaguar High Performance Brake calipers finished in either eye-catching red or
discreet gunmetal. The XKR-S Convertible is available in a range of six colors,
including Polaris White and British Racing Green, a tribute to Jaguar's
competition heritage. The acoustically treated convertible top opens and stows
in just 18 seconds. It comes in black as standard with a further six optional
fabric colors available.
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