The XKR is powered by a supercharged engine, and for 2001, a new model joins the flock: a Silverstone limited-edition of each body style, which is basically an XKR with some unique styling touches, Platinum Silver paint, 20-inch tires and bigger Brembo brakes. Silverstone coupes also feature a performance/handling package. Only 250 XKR Silverstone models have been earmarked for delivery in North America. Named for the racecourse where the Jaguar XK-120 earned its first victories in 1949, the XKR Silverstone celebrates Jaguar’s entry into Formula One race competition.
The seats have been modified a bit. XK models have earned several styling revisions, including new jewel-effect taillights, a chrome trunk-lid emblem with embossed Jaguar lettering and an extended rear bumper cover. A revised front bumper permits a flusher fit for the fog lamps, and a new Reverse Park Control emits a warning when you approach an obstacle while backing up. Jaguar also introduced a new Adaptive Restraint Technology System for all models, including head and thorax side-impact airbags mounted in the front-seat backrest cushions. Ultrasonic sensors provide more accurate triggering of both the front and side-impact airbags that protect front occupants.
Like their XKR counterparts, XK8 coupes and convertibles now have headlight washers, heated front seats and a premium Alpine Audiophile audio system with six-CD changer. Jaguar’s navigation system is now standard in the XKR but an optional for the XK8.
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