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Being new to Jaguar coming from a Mercedes background (AMG) a simple question that I'm sure someone can have a decent explanation of; What are or is the main differences between an XKR and a XK8?

 

I note in the various forum sections XK8 is listed however, XKR appears to be ignored why?

 

 

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Hi Kenny,

 

The XK series replaced the XJS around 1996, and the model was in both coupe form and convertible.

 

Basically the series comprised the XK8, the XKR, and the XKR-S, the latter being the most powerful car built by Jaguar [and also very pricey].

 

I think that the XK8 had a 4.2 litre engine and when the XKR came out the engine was the 5.0 litre, and the difference between that car is about 40 bhp and over £27,000.

 

Regards,

 

Peter.

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Thanks for that Peter, I'm even more confused now you see, I was under the impression that the XKR had a 4.0ltr engine I cannot consult my log boo because its with the DVLA having my private registration (hence forum name (KEN 33Y) transferred across from my Merc.

 

However, I have just researched auto trader and the XKR is being advertised as 4.2 supercharged not 5.0ltr which appears to have come out in 2006 as an XKR-S I may be wrong.

 

Was the difference between the XK8 and the XKR being the supercharger?

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Hi Kenny,

 

The early XK8 started life with a 4.0 litre multipoint fuel injection engine later uprated to a 4.2 litre engine.

 

I think the XKR came in during 2005 with a 5 litre supercharged engine, that was quite a bit quicker, although I am uncertain as to whether the supercharger was put on the the XKR 4.2 engine earlier.

 

I do know that the S Type was also fitted with a 4.2 litre supercharged engine in the S Type R version. It sold very well in America.

 

I think you are right about the supercharger being the difference between the XK8 and the XKR.

 

I am told that since Jaguar decided to cease production of the XK in July of this year, sales have gone up

 

Regards,

 

Peter.

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Thanks Peter my XKR is a 2002 model 4ltr with a supercharger not sure about 4.2 litre I haven't go the registration document as explained earlier but thought I had read 3995cc.

 

My brother as just bought (2 weeks ago) the new F Type S coupe the rich git  :blink:

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That must be the difference between the XK and the XKR, Kenny -- the supercharger! I never research the XK as I had made my mind up to get an S type  ---  need rear seats for the grandchildren.

 

I just have the humble 2.7 diesel in my S Type which is surprisingly quick, especially when the second turbocharger cuts in.

 

The advantage is the 53 mpg I got on an 85 mile trip on Monday

 

Regards,

 

Peter.

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That must be the difference between the XK and the XKR, Kenny -- the supercharger! I never research the XK as I had made my mind up to get an S type  ---  need rear seats for the grandchildren.

 

I just have the humble 2.7 diesel in my S Type which is surprisingly quick, especially when the second turbocharger cuts in.

 

The advantage is the 53 mpg I got on an 85 mile trip on Monday

 

Regards,

 

Peter.

 

Know exactly what you are saying Peter I've also got an Oil burner Mercedes CLK270 Cdi and that gives me a 50+ return to the gallon and thats with a turbo, pretty rapid car actually

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kenny the xk8 was the first sports car or gt since the end of the e-type for jag . it had a 4ltr engine then they supercharged the same engine giving more bhp so i think your right thats it a 4ltr job. then they brought out the present one changed the shape. made it a 4.2l job again tweked the engine to get more bhp called it the new xkr. then the 58plate came in they made all the engines 5ltr jobs and again tweaked it about to get the present xkr. if that sounds right

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kenny my old partner had jags for years about 4-5 xj. he loved them then one day he came on site with 4plate xkr it was only 3years old at that time and we wer doing well he had told me he was changing cars. but i had forgot. it was blue with ivory leather wow it was a cracker and it could shift. he kept it for 5years then switched back to the xj. i was a merc lover at that time had 4 of them. but i know now having the xk my first jag what he liked about them.

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