"The physics required to achieve 187mph have led the aesthetic; if you don’t like the way it looks, you probably won’t like the way it drives either,” said Ian Callum in the press release accompanying the car's launch. I like that attitude. I like the way it looks. And I really, really like the way it drives.
This is perhaps surprising to me because I usually prefer lighter, sharper cars. And the XKR-S is a bit of a thug, albeit one with richly detailed feedback through the steering and chassis and an unabashed enthusiasm to steer from the rear. Yet it's also one of those rare performance cars that's as fun to potter around in as it is to really let rip.
These were £100K cars new so it's perhaps churlish to consider £50-£60,000 expensive, given most are still low on miles. There is a private one for £42K but it's a Cat D repair. £52K would get me into this tasteful Italian Racing Red example, this being a rather more classy combination than the signature French Racing Blue launch colour. Then I saw this black one. And, OK, at £59,991 it's priced at the top end. But it'd have cost its buyer £100K with those lovely wheels and the rest of the options. And it looks so sinister in black.
So yes. A very British muscle car. One with depth, finesse, style AND a socking great V8. All for less than the price of 'my' V6 F-Type before I even got near the options sheet.
Photography courtesy of Pistonheads.