2005 Jaguar XKR-S convertible


This 4.2 litre Jaguar XKR-S is one of a limited run out model for Jaguar’s original XKR, and as such features additional optional extras to justify the price increase when new (with a further premium of nearly £7,000 to purchase a convertible instead of a coupe). It is the ultimate variant of Jaguar’s sporting grand tourer, and is still a fast and comfortable car today. In many ways I would consider it better than a V8 Vantage as a driver’s car for grand touring, but available at a fraction of the price. The supercharged V8 provides an addictive thrill that entices you to make the most of the performance available, but during our ownership and over 5,500 miles we’ve averaged nearly 24mpg, with highs of 28.2mpg, so it may be a more economical ownership proposition than you’d think.

The car has been the recipient of not inconsiderable expenditure during its time with us, including a new set of Michelin Pilot Sports 4s (fitted at 149,500 miles), a new supercharger belt and tensioner, new brake pedal switch, removal of the aftermarket alarm system (carried out by a Jaguar main dealer), replacement lower ball joints, a supercharger pump, various bushes replaced, new front brake pads and a full service at around 145,500 miles. We would be happy to service it before it heads to a new home, just to give a new owner a little comfort that they have a few miles ahead before needing to have it serviced again.

The mileage of this particular car is higher than average, with 151,473 miles recorded on the odometer, but this only shows that the car has been enjoyed and maintained throughout its life. This is a car to use and enjoy as much as you would like, and personally I would suggest it is very well suited to both daily use and longer road trips.

The car does have a few minor cosmetic issues, with some bubbling to the leading edge of the bonnet, and under the rear lights, which can be seen in the photographs and walk around video. The wheels could use a refurb at some point in the future, but are presentable. There is some wear to the folding soft top where the fabric has rubbed during the time it has been stowed, but this does not affect the roof being watertight. The interior presents very well, with only minor wear to the front seats, especially given the mileage.

The car comes with a book pack and history file detailing maintenance and servicing carried out over its lifetime.

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