Jaguar XKR Cabriolet
- Mileage: 9,100
- Year: 1999
- MOT Expiry: June 2020
- Exterior Colour: Phoenix Red
- Interior Colour: Charcoal Leather
- Top speed: 155
- 0-60mph: 5.3
- BHP: 370
- Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 3996cc
- Engine Configuration: Supercharged V8
In 1996, after over 20 years of successful production of the XJS, Jaguar launched the result of Project X100 - the XK8. Based on the XJS floorpan, Geoff Nicholson and his team designed a more curvaceous and aerodynamic Grand Tourer harking back in style to the E-Type and XJ220. The power unit was Jaguar’s first production V8 boasting a 4-litre capacity with 290hp. The German ZF 5-speed automatic gearbox was fitted along with new front and rear suspension plus an optional electrically controlled adaptive damping system (CATS). ABS and PAS were standard, and from 1998 automatic headlamp switching, auto-dipping rear view mirror and a security immobiliser were included. The car was available in both coupé and convertible versions.
In 1998 the supercharged XKR was introduced producing 370hp from the 4-litre engine. The supercharger was manufactured by Eaton and displaced at 2-litres. It generated 11.9 pounds of boost pressure to contribute to the higher power output. Externally the XKR can be distinguished from the XK8 by its mesh front grille, rear spoiler, and bonnet louvres that improved airflow to the engine. 18-inch alloy wheels and Sports seats were standard fitment.
The X100 XK8 was replaced by the X150 XK in 2007, with the new XKR appearing in 2012.
Phoenix Red paintwork, 18-inch ‘Double Five’ alloy wheels, Electric folding soft-top in black, Charcoal Leather ‘Sport’ upholstery, Electrically-adjustable front seats, Cruise control, Stainless steel exhaust system, Automatic headlights, Driver’s Pack: Electrochromic and electric-folding door mirrors, Rain sensing wipers; Suspension with adaptive damping (CATS), Front fog lamps, Headlamp power wash, Jaguar cassette radio with 6 CD changer, Automatic climate control, Electric front and rear windows, Electrochromic rear view mirror, Remote central locking, Space saver spare wheel, Jaguar touch-up stick, Warning triangle, Jaguar carpet mats, Spare key.
This gleaming Phoenix Red XKR has driven just 9,100 miles from new, and it shows! The paintwork presents in first-rate condition all round, and aside from just one or two very minor chips on the bonnet there are no scratches, scrapes, or dings to report. Everything appears just as it did leaving the factory, including all rubbers, trims, glass, and lights. The car has always been carefully stored when not in use and so the electric-folding soft-top is also perfectly preserved. All in all, an outstanding collector’s piece.
The welcoming Charcoal upholstery looks as good as new. The driver’s seat presents with hardly even a wrinkle and the remaining leather appears untouched throughout. There are no marks or signs of any wear to the armrest or centre console, and the steering wheel still looks factory-fresh. The glossy wood inlays are also perfect having never been damaged by the sun or blemished in any way.
The XKR is well specified with electrically-adjustable Sports seats, auto lights, auto wipers, cruise control, and a CD changer in the boot. Everything works exactly as it should with no signs of use to any of the switchgear, all of which still feels solid to operate. In the footwells you’ll find the original Jaguar overmats.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The supercharged V8 is barely run-in with a mere 9k miles from new. The car has only ever been serviced at Jaguar, with the most recent service having been carried out in June 2019 at 9,065 miles; this was a major service that included brake fluid and spark plugs. Under the bonnet the engine bay is extremely well presented, not overly dressed but in excellent original condition throughout.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 18-inch ‘Double Five’ alloys present beautifully without a curb mark in sight; remarkably they have never been refurbished. The Jaguar centre badges appear as new and look great against the Phoenix Red paintwork. The wheels are wrapped in a matching set of Pirelli tyres, all with at least 4mm of tread remaining. With little over 10% of wear to report the brakes do a fine job of stopping the car quickly and in a straight line; the brake fluid was replaced in June 2019.
The XKR was first registered in April 1999. The current owner of 12 years has only ever had the car serviced at Jaguar, with all visits recorded in the original maintenance booklet. It has been serviced five times, all with the same main dealer. The most recent service was done in June 2019, just 35 miles ago. The brake fluid and spark plugs were changed at this time and the car was given an entirely clean bill of health. The History File is complete with a raft of Jaguar invoices, stack of MOT certificates, all original manuals in the leather document pack, and a spare key with remote fob. The MOT is valid until June 2020.
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