The all-new XK8 appeared at the Geneva Motor Show, Switzerland, in 1996, with both the coupe and convertible versions powered by the new lightweight alloy AJ-V8 244ci (4-liter) engine. In 1997 came Jag's new sedan, the XJR which used a supercharger on the same V8 for incredible performance, which overshadowed I he more sporting XK8. So, for 1998 the blown V8 was installed in the coupe and called the XKR. While running the same chassis as the XK8, the XKR had recalibrated suspension with computer-adjustable damping. The quad-cam V8 was all-alloy and the lightest V8 in its class, plus it was high-tech with variable camshaft liming. The Eaton Ml 12 supercharger gave 28 percent more power, and to cope the XKR had 12-inch (305mm) vented discs all around with high-friction pads. The gearbox was from a Mercedes Benz to handle the increased torque.
Jaguar XKR Specifications
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