2003 Jaguar XKR Convertible
2003 Jaguar XKR Convertible
The Jaguar is a compact and well-muscled animal. It is the largest cat native to the Americas and the third largest in the world, exceeded in size by the tiger and the lion. Its coat is generally a tawny yellow, but ranges to reddish-brown, for most of the body. It is at the top of the food chain and has incredible speed.
For consignment utilizing design cues from the E types, and adding a supercharger, modern suspension and a drop top, and we now have the best of both worlds for this car. Low original miles (41,458) some recent major repairs to the convertible top, and transmission redux, but otherwise all original, this car definitely performs like its namesake.
Anthracite Metallic paint original from the factory covers this car's straight steel panels, although the overall design utilizes nary a straight line on this cat toy. Viewing the car from a straight frontal angle, it even looks like it's just growling at you. New lines utilize integrated everything including the front fenders, headlights nearly oval hood and parking lighting. This carries through to the back of the car with a long swooping rear quarter panel and again use of integrated rear tail lighting. Bumpers are now body matching and you barely notice them. A rakish black canvas convertible top sporting a glass rear window keeps the line going, however this writer prefers the top to be in the down position. 18-inch 5 spoke wheels have low profile tires and the hits just keep on coming looks wise.
Dove leather, (off white), covers the curvaceous buckets that appear to have concentric pools of water for the inserts, flank a curved center console with burl lacquered wood accenting, and a storage glovebox. There are an additional 2 plus 2 rear seats but if you are over 3 feet tall, you may find them hard to get into. Moving our eye upward and forward more burl candy for the instrument cluster, and navi screen that sleeps as a digital version of an analog handed clock. Patches of stitched dove leather are surrounding the burl, and all is very clean and original here. Noted is the gated shift lever which the driver can choose to use on fully automatic or a sport mode which you shift through the gears with no clutch. Nice black carpet floods the floors and is presenting beautifully on this all original car.
You might say the cat's meow on this 4.2 Liter Supercharged V8 puts out a respectable 390 horses. It has electronic fuel injection, and a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission. The rear axle has a 3.06 final drive ratio.
At first you may be fooled into the notion that you are looking into a typical mild-mannered car with the typical suspension. Well I'll tell you for free you are definitely not as this cat is equipped with sport tuned computer active technology suspension (aptly acronymed as CATS). A fully independent suspension with twin wishbones, coil springs with adaptive telescopic dampers. There is an anti dive geometry providing longitudinal stability under heavy braking. Throw on an anti roll bar, and you are rolling on rails. The rear also sports CATS but has a fully independent suspension with lower wishbones, and drive shafts acting as upper links. It too has coil springs with adaptive telescopic dampers and another roll bar. Power disc brakes tame this speed demon, and along with the aforementioned suspension, bring you to a quick and safe anti skid stop.
I'd have to say one of my favorite cars I've personally driven during my tenure at Classic Auto Mall. Starting with seats that suck you in to all the adjustments one needs to be perfectly situated ergonomically. I fired this rocket ship up, and it was truly blast off. Due to the active suspension and road dampening noise insulation, you literally have no idea how fast you are traveling as it's so comfortable. Awesome exhilarating acceleration and a really smooth ride. I did not feel like I was in a sports car. I'm a sucker for British sports cars, but I'd throw all the earlier stuff in the trash to have this very special car. I did notice the tilt steering wheel needed some coaxing to move around, but it eventually got there.
A wonderful modern example of British sports car engineering and you can literally get it fixed at your local Ford dealer. Low miles, neck snapping power and on the rails handling that is off the charts, this is will give more exotic sports cars a run for their money.
SAJ-United Kingdom, Jaguar
D-USA Front Airbags
3-4.2L Supercharged V8, Brown's Lane Assy Plant
36023-Sequential Unit Number
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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