2006 JAGUAR XKR-S 4.2 "White Badge"View vehicle description
The XK8 marked a solid return to form for the Coventry company as far as long term enthusiasts were concerned. Launched in 1996 to replace the XJ-S, a car that had never completely won the hearts of Jag lovers (the E Type was a hard act to follow), it was available as a convertible and a coupé.
At the heart of the sleek new model was the also new Jaguar AJ V8 engine, a quad-cam 32-valve al alloy unit of 4-litres. The XK8 was joined by a more powerful XKR in 1998, which featured a supercharged variation of the V8 engine rated at 370bhp. The engine was shared with the XJR saloon but featured a new intercooler and a two-piece driveshaft.
The Eaton supercharger displaced 2-litres and generated 11.9 pounds of boost pressure to contribute to the higher power output. Visual differences from the XK8 included a rear spoiler, mesh front grille and hood louvres on the bonnet for improved airflow to the engine.
The XK8 came standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, while 18-inch (standard on the XKR), 19-inch, and 20-inch wheels were available for the XK8 and XKR at an additional cost. Jaguar's Adaptive Cruise Control was an optional feature available on both models, but all came with a leather interior, burl walnut trim, and side airbags. Alcantara seat panels were optional.
The XK range received a mechanical update in 2002 with the engines in both the XK8 and XKR models being enlarged to 4.2-litres and gaining more power.
Initially, a ZF 5HP-24 five-speed automatic transmission was coupled to the naturally aspirated 4-litre model and a Mercedes W5A580 five-speed transmission to the supercharged version, but in 2002 the new ZF 6HP-26 six-speed automatic transmission was fitted to both versions of the 4.2-litre model.
For 2005, the supercharged coupé received a few mild refinements, but overall it's the same sexy beast capable of sprinting from zero to 60mph in only 5.2 seconds. That's a surprisingly rapid turn of pace considering the XKR's heft (1753Kg) and overall dimensions.
And then there’s this – the Final Edition XKR S, a special run out model built in very limited numbers. Its 4.2-litre, 32-valve supercharged V8 is quite the animal, offering nearly 100bhp more than the normally aspirated XK8, at 400 horsepower and a stump-pulling 400+lb-ft of torque. Mated with a smooth six-speed automatic transmission, the XKR rockets to speed with great enthusiasm and contemporary road tests reported that cruising at 90mph felt like a leisurely drive through the park for the big Jag coupé.
The S was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2005. This was the last XK based upon the original 1996 design. Features included new exterior and interior colours and two distinct veneer options for the instrument panel, polished door treadplates with chequered-flag emblems and embossed, leather-edged floor mats. The revised white Jaguar badge on the bonnet also features chequered accents.
New unique 20-inch split rim BBS Perseus performance wheels plus cross-drilled Brembo brake discs, red wheel badges and red brake calipers were also fitted. The S has firmer springs, dampers and anti-roll bars, steering is 10% quicker and the ride height has been lowered by 10mm. The electronic speed limiter was removed to enable the car to reach a top speed of 174 mph. Production was limited to only 200 cars.
‘Thanks to its slippery aerodynamics, wind noise is minimal, barely a whisper. Virtually the only sound is the rhythmic hum of the fine tuned engine. Squash the pedal and the blower chimes in with characteristic harmony. It's music to our ears’, said Motortrend magazine in the States.
On the Outside
The black metallic paintwork on this S is in lovely condition, as you would expect on a car that’s been enthusiast owned, fastidiously maintained and only covered 36,000 miles.
The huge black BBS split rim alloy wheels are also unmarked, barely concealing the huge Brembo brake setup beneath them, and the outside of the car is a testament to the previous owner.
White Jaguar badges mark this out as the very last of the line of the Jaguar XKR X100 model. The overall impression is of a very special Jaguar coupé.
On the Inside
Inside the car is a beautiful mix of soft leather, carbonfibre and satin metal. The black leather seats look stunning and show almost no wear at all – even the driver’s seat bolster, the usual suspect for showing some age, looks superb. The hide is still looking great at it extends on to the centre console, dash, doors and steering wheel – again all in great condition.
The carbon dash holds extra dials in the centre, and surrounds the J gate gearshift. The lower part of the centre stack holds all the comfort controls, with heat, A/C, heated seat controls and the radio cassette, which controls the CD changer tucked in the boot.
One thing that’s lost on many modern performance cars is the engine – they’re often hidden under acres of plastic covers, almost as though they’re apologising for their very existence. No such nonsense on the XKR S, thankfully. It’s hard to make a supercharged V8 engine look boring, and Jaguar didn’t bother trying.
The alloy twin plenum sit atop the cam covers with the word Supercharged cast into them and V8 sitting in the middle. This engine is loud and proud. It’s all in lovely condition too – obviously with this paltry mileage there are no mechanical worries, but it’s also cosmetically excellent.
Underneath things get very dark. That’ll be the Dinitrol. Developed as a rust preventative treatment for oil rigs, the wax based sealant remains flexible and even self heals if a stone takes a chunk out of it. It’s top quality stuff and although it makes the underside look a bit grim, it also means this Jag is very unlikely to go rusty.
‘My Father had a motor trade business specialising in unique examples of modern classics, but unfortunately he passed away in January. Myself and his partner are in the process of selling off the remaining stock.
‘This car is a little bit special because it was bought 50/50 with his partner as an investment for her, but also something they could use and enjoy for a few years, so it holds a fair bit of sentimental value for her.
‘In terms of specifics about the history and provenance of the car, unfortunately my Father was the one with the knowledge. Most of what I know about it comes from the folder of paperwork provided with it. As far as I know it is in completely original condition as it came from the factory.
‘Aside from this I can confirm that it drives wonderfully and the cosmetic condition is nearly unbelievable for a car of its age.
‘During his ownership my Father had the car inspected throughout, cleaned underneath and given a full Dinitrol wax underbody protection treatment, and he also addressed a couple of minor mechanical niggles.
‘It's just had an MoT done which had zero advisories, so it should be fairly future proofed and ready to give a few years of trouble free motoring for the next owner.
‘The real draw and value with this car is in the rarity of the 'S' model, with only 200 being produced and only 50 for the UK market. This is a genuine example of the X100 final run, featuring the tell-tale white Jaguar badge, split rim BBS alloys, carbon fibre interior trim and chequered flag accents on the door treads.
‘As well as the cosmetic improvements on the 'S' model it also benefits from uprated Brembo calipers & discs, lowered and stiffened suspension and quicker steering.’
What We Think
A stunning example of the very last of the original Jaguar XKR Coupés. And with only 50 such cars built for the UK market you’re unlikely to park next to one anywhere other than a Jaguar club meet. With this mileage and in this condition, this is a rare cat, that you can enjoy and cherish.
Our estimate for this car Is £18,000 - £23,000.
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- Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, United Kingdom
- Seller Type: Trade
- Odometer Reading: 36553
- Chassis Number: SAJAC41R263A47557
- Engine: 4196
- Gearbox: auto
- Steering position: RHD
- Colour: Midnight Black
- Interior: Black Leather + Carbon
- Estimated Price: £18,000 - £23,000