One of the meanest looking cars currently in production is Jaguar’s 2014 XKR-S GT
. Built by the automaker’s special projects division, ETO, the XKR-S GT is essentially a race car that has been made street legal.
Unfortunately, there’s no additional power on this model, which means the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 found under the hood delivers the same 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque as the lesser XKR-S. But that doesn’t really matter, as British journo Chris Harris recently found out when sampling the car for the latest episode of Drive
. Bad weather meant he couldn’t really drive the car very fast but he does manage to get it sideways a few times, and the engine does sound a treat.
Starting with an XKR-S, which is already no softy, the engineers at ETO widened the track, added more negative camber, increased the speed of the steering and toughened up the suspension.They also added a host of aero aids while also uprating the brakes.
All of these upgrades come at a steep cost, however. The $174,000 starting price of the XKR-S GT is knocking on supercar territory.________________________________See more videos on our YouTube sites: The Car Connection, Motor Authority, and Green Car Reports.