If Jaguar’s 550 horsepower XKR-S coupe still isn’t quite manly enough for you to consider trading in your rapidly-aging Porsche 911 GT3 RS, well, don’t give up hope just yet. Jaguar may have an even harder-edged version of the Ex-Kay-Arse coming soon to a showroom near you.
According to Jaguar global head of communications Frank Klaas, the car maker is thinking long and hard about introducing a sharper, more track-worthy version of their current performance king. Such a version might: lose its rear seats; replace the current front buckets with more track-friendly chairs; score lighter infotainment and climate controls; receive aerodynamic enhancements for track use; gain unique gauges; and even get a fire-suppresion system and roll cage, though don’t be shocked if that last part doesn’t make it to any U.S. versions.
One thing we don’t expect to see on any of these RS-style XKR-Ss—which may be named the XKR-S Nürburgring—is a manual gearbox, which will probably keep it from stealing away too many 911 GT3 sales. (Then again, if Porsche’s next GT3 goes PDK-only, it could capture more than you’d think.)
Klass said the car would be built by Jaguar’s Engineered To Order team, a small group within the company that does exactly what their name implies; he also promised that we’d be seeing more of the ETO crew in the future, so hopefully the XKR-S RS isn’t the only hotter model the company is think about. Fingers crossed, people. [via Car and Driver]
Pictured: Jaguar XKR-S