Instead of offering a figure, like every other manufacturer, Rolls-Royce used to describe the horsepower of models like its Silver Shadow as “adequate.” It was a quaint practice four decades ago, and models like the 2018 Jaguar XJR575 show just how much the luxury market has changed.
Today, offering womb-quiet cabins, magic carpet-class suspensions, and acres of supple leather and burled walnut isn’t enough to impress high-end luxury customers. Nope. They’re also looking for enough grunt to pluck a redwood stump out of the ground, and the XJR575 delivers. Powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 producing 575-horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, the XJR575 will shoot from zero to 186 mph in 44 seconds. And in case you’re wondering about performance that you can experience outside a closed runway? It’ll also hit 60 mph in just 4.2 — no small feat for a car with an interior volume approximate a luxury liner.
The XJ has always been a gorgeous sedan, and the latest iteration is no exception. While the exterior lines remain stately as opposed to flashy, Jaguar has added a few bits to communicate the robust mechanical bits lurking underneath the XJR575’s sexy skin. The updated front fascia includes a set of aggressive intakes, and the restyled hood also includes a pair of vents to promote airflow in the engine bay. There are also unique side sills, a rear spoiler, and red-painted calipers, which look fantastic behind the 20-inch gloss-black wheels.
In our opinion, the most striking exterior feature is the Satin Corris Grey paint. And while traditionalists might say matte finishes look like they’ve been done with a rattle can? We’d counter by saying if we could get a finish like this after a trip to True Value, we’d have personally repainted every vehicle we’ve ever owned.
The 2018 Jaguar XJR575 hasn’t arrived at your local AutoNation-affiliated Jaguar dealer just yet, but you can get a sneak peak at it in this high-speed interview with Jaguar Production Studio Director Wayne Burgess.