Jaguar XJ Supersport Nürburgring taxi announced

 Jaguar XJ Supersport Nürburgring taxi announced
Jaguar XJ Supersport Nürburgring taxi 04.5.2012

Features a matte grey exterior and a custom roll cage

Move over BMW, there's a new taxi on the Nürburgring and it comes from an unlikely source.

Based on the XJ Supersport, Jaguar's taxi is equipped with the Sport and Speed packages. As such, it has a matte grey exterior, a front splitter and a rear spoiler. There's also red brake calipers, gloss black accents and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Interior changes are limited, but include four individual racing seats and a bespoke roll cage.

Like the standard model, power comes from a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 510 PS (375 kW / 503 hp) and 625 Nm (461 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which enables the sedan to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph).

Source: Jaguar


The latest addition to Jaguar's fleet at its Nürburgring Nordschleife engineering test centre is the marque's very first taxi, albeit one with rather more ability than you may expect from a traditional cab; based on the latest all-aluminium long wheelbase XJ Supersport with Sport and Speed Pack options, Jaguar's 'Nürburgring taxi' boasts 510PS from its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine and a top speed of 174mph, but no fare meter...

Said Frank Klaas, Global Head of Communications, Jaguar Land Rover: "We've been running a successful Nürburgring driving programme from our Nordschleife engineering test centre now for some time, as it's the very best place to demonstrate the dynamic abilities of the current Jaguar XF, XJ and XK models.

"Of these models, we found it's the XJ Supersport that most often surprises journalists with its speed simply because they perceive it to be a large luxury car. The XJ is both those things, of course, but its aluminium architecture means it's rigid and lightweight too, which make it a very good car on track. To underline that fact, our engineering team created this special Nürburgring taxi version in which our trained drivers can safely take passengers on very hot laps!"

Finished in non-standard matt grey paint with exterior Sport Pack, the Jaguar Nürburgring taxi is also specified with the Speed Pack - which raises its electronically limited top speed from 155mph to 174mph - but is otherwise mechanically standard. Inside there is, of course, ample room for four, although a few of the XJ's usual creature comforts have been replaced in order to keep its occupants securely in place during the very quick laps of which it is capable. Gone are the standard leather-trimmed heated and cooled seats, and in their place are four race seats, each equipped with four-point harnesses. A full bespoke roll cage completes the interior changes.

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Although I'd have expected the XFR to have this job, the XJ Supersport is more than capable. Despite its size, its lighter than rivals and has better handling. I know i'd rather be driven in this than an S63AMG, S8, or BMW 760.
May 6, 2012 3:11 pm
4 2
That's just scary and awesome
May 6, 2012 11:34 am
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sooo, the rear seats, what role do they have in this configuration?
May 5, 2012 2:16 pm
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Why not the S65 AMG? That will be more fun.
May 5, 2012 8:20 am
3 2
Errrmmm......that was slightly unexpected.....
May 5, 2012 6:59 am
1 0
There go the brits again, fighting it out with the germans...
May 5, 2012 5:14 am
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Mister Stig
And, like before WE WILL WIN!!!!!!!!!!!! 'Don't mention the war...'
May 5, 2012 8:16 am
3 1
Technically Jaguar is owned by TATA?!?!!
May 11, 2012 5:49 am
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Last week I saw a XJ 5.0 supercharger racing on the public road here in China, even with a slight drift through the corner. That's horrible.
May 5, 2012 2:44 am
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yes yes yes
May 4, 2012 8:58 pm
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