The XK8 was a Jaguar that showed what the brand was good at; build stylish Gran Tourers gentleman for enthusiasts. Because the black feline showed too much modest potential for some, a variant came on the market in 1998 with considerably more sports DNA; the Jaguar XKR.
The same V8 as a power source but with a large Eaton supercharger that ensured that almost 100 extra British horses were taken out of the stable when the accelerator pedal was used. In addition, the chassis was adjusted a lot tighter and the brake mechanism was screwed up. With the extra forces on the car, Jaguar's own gearbox soon failed. That is why she "borrowed" a Mercedes gearbox, which makes it a very pleasant and reliable setup.
In 2001, Jaguar returned to Formula 1 under the wings of Ford. To celebrate this, Jaguar released an XKR version that once again visited the gym; the XKR Silverstone. The large 20-inch BBS rims, stiffer anti-roll bars, stiffer suspension / damping and Brembo braking made for a Jag that really wasn't for the cat. In total, only 200 pieces were produced for the European market, 100 pieces for the American market.
All of this, in addition to its original Dutch origins, very well-kept condition and beautiful lines, again provides a unique Cool Classic!