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Sneak Peek: 2008 Jaguar XKR

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COVENTRY, England — Jaguar dealers in North America will begin selling the redesigned 2007 Jaguar XK coupe and convertible this spring, but the company already is working on the high-performance R-Type variants of each model.

Prototypes of each have been spotted near Jaguar headquarters undergoing early shakedown tests. The new XKR coupe and convertible are expected to make their official debut this fall at the Paris auto show and should arrive in U.S. showrooms in spring 2007 as '08 models.

According to European sources, the next-generation XKR will be equipped with a supercharged 4.2-liter V8 delivering around 400 horsepower. It will be aimed at such European luxury performance models as the BMW M6 and the Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG.

The R-Type models differ from the standard XK-Series visually, with larger air intakes, unique grilles, louvered hoods, and flared wheel arches.

What this means to you: Anticipation is sometimes the same thing as pain. The ultimate Jaguar is still a year away from American showrooms.

And the claws come out: Here's your first glimpse of Jag's 2008 XKR.

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