Limited edition models have long been part of Jaguar's remarkable heritage, and to help celebrate the marque's 75th year in business, it has created yet another sweet exercise in tasteful excess. Officially known as the Jaguar XKR175 75th Anniversary Coupe, this even-higher-performance version of the XKR will be formally unveiled during the Pebble Beach Contours d'Elegance in August. Jaguar will build just 175 of these commemorative models for the U.S. market, all coupes and all finished in Ultimate Black set off by unique 20-inch Kasuga 10-spoke alloy wheels and bright-red brake calipers.
This stealthy supercat also sports revised front and rear spoilers, revamped side sills and a new rear diffuser, functional enhancements that help improve its aero characteristics and allow it fully exploit a revised engine management setup on its 5.0-liter/510-horsepower supercharged V8. Those computer tweaks help raise top speed on the XKR175 from 155 mph to 174 mph -- a number Jag claims is "close enough to 175 not to matter."
Inside, the 2011 Jaguar XKR175 75th Anniversary Coupe gets a special trimout that matches Warm Charcoal leather with contrasting Cranberry stitching and glossy Piano Black veneer plus custom door-sill plates that carry the inscription: "XKR175 -- 1 of 175."
Pricing for the 2011 Jaguar XKR175 75th Anniversary Coupe has been set at $104,500 and sales will start shortly after its Pebble Beach coming out party. For those who can live with a bit less exclusivity, the standard-issue 2011 Jaguar XKR will be offered with a new Black Pack option. Available starting in October, it will match one of three exterior colors -- Ultimate Black, Polaris White or Stratus Grey -- with special blackout trim bits, custom alloy wheels and Warm Charcoal leather interior appointments.