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Fast Cat
2006 Jaguar XKR
By Alain Gayot

In short: A bullet of a sports car for special missions.

For this particular car, the engineers at Jaguar put their heads together and decided to give birth to a thoroughbred reminiscent of the cat-adorned brand's golden racing days. While this car looks good cruising around distinguished neighborhoods, you can only get a full appreciation for this magnificent specimen on a racetrack. This is one of those automobiles that gets better the faster you go. Given the sticker price, you know an owner of such a speed machine already has several sets of wheels. So reserve this cat for special missions, and be on the lookout for law-enforcing individuals.

The styling combined with the finishing touches and paint job turn a lot of heads, while sensuous lines and modern design make it an attractive sports automobile. The supercharged engine gets this car going fast, and the great Brembo disc brakes take care of the reverse motion, all in premium style and elegance. In fact, the XK lineup has had its share of success on the racetrack over its forty-year history. Thanks to the sport-tuned Computer Active Technology Suspension, the ride is excellent and very stable.

Inside, you will be greeted by elements of luxury rather than the bold, rough cabin found in racecar-like street vehicles. Highlights include Bluetooth wireless connectivity, DVD navigation, carbon fiber panels and premium soft-grain leather. But forget about seating anyone in the back; there is simply no room.

There is a $2,200 charge for the optional Adaptive Cruise Control included in our Limited Edition tester, which already costs an extra $5,500 for goodies like 20" BBS Perseus wheels, cross-drilled brake discs, contrast stitching and an array of upgraded details. At least the XKR manages to avoid the gas guzzler tax and is classified in the LEV category for emission. Ready to pounce?

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Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000 mile complimentary scheduled maintenance, 24/7 roadside assistance.

Price as tested: $90,695

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Engine: Supercharged, intercooled, 390-horsepower, 4.2L DOHC, 32-valve V8

Transmission: Six-speed automatic

Safety: Driver & passenger front and side airbags

Top Speed: 155 mph (electronically limited)

Acceleration: 0-60 mph/5.2 secs.

Braking: Brembo disc brakes with Anti-Lock Braking System

Fuel Economy: 16/city, 23/highway

Emission: LEV

Handling: Computer active suspension, dynamic stability control

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(Updated: 07/24/08 HC)

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