Jaguar boosts the performance of its rear-drive sports car with the addition of a supercharger, creating the XKR models. This four-seater debuted for 1997 in XK8 coupe and convertible models powered by a V-8 engine.
Though Ford owns this famous British company, the styling, rear-drive platform and engines are designed and built by Jaguar, a rival for expensive European marques such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
The XK8s rounded, contoured styling carries some design elements of Jaguars XKE sports cars of the 1960s. XKR models have a wire mesh grille instead of the XK8s bar grille, functional hood louvers, 18-inch wheels and tires instead of 17-inch, and a small rear spoiler.
The convertible comes with a power top with a glass rear window with a defogger.