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2019 Jaguar XJR575: A surprising performance value

Jaguar tries to keep its aging flagship sedan relevant with a new XJR575 trim packing more power, better reflexes and value.

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Jaguar originally launched the current-generation XJ back in 2009. To help draw some attention to the aging model, they introduced a more potent XJR575 model.

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The XJR575 replaces the the XJR in the lineup. The 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine sees output climb from 550 horsepower to 575 horsepower in the model model. Torque also increase from 500 pound-feet to 517. 

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Jaguar says the XJR575 can hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, which betters the old XJR's 4.4 second time.

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The only trim level in the XJ range available with the velocity blue paint job is the XJR575. The premium hue tacks on $4,080 to the price tag.

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Jaguar says the XJR575 can reach a top speed of 186 mph.

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Gloss black for the grille, front lip, air intakes and 20-inch wheels further dress the XJR575. 

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To improve handling, the revised suspension gets firmer springs, revised adaptive damper tuning and rides on 20-inch Pirelli P Zero tires.

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Special touches in the cabin of the XJR575 included leather seats with quilted inserts, black suede headliner and a lot of 575 logos on the scuff plates, dash and seatbacks.

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The 2019 Jaguar XJR575 begins at $123,395, which includes $995 for destination.

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