Sam Philip10 August 2009

Arden’s 200mph Jag XKR

German tuning house modifies lovely British cabrio. Should this sort of thing be allowed?

Arden's  Jaguar XKR

Maybe it's some misplaced British pride, but we can't help feeling there are some cars that simply shouldn't be modified.

Japanese coupes, massive German saloons, they're fair game - but it's surely sacrilege to take the spanners to the lovely Jaguar XKR?

Not, admittedly, that this effort from German tuning house Arden is one of the worst. No scissor doors or snakeskin leather interior, at least. But that new front clip doesn't do much for the Jag's slinky lines, does it?

Slightly worryingly - you're looking at a 200mph convertible: Arden has bumped power from 510bhp to an F430 Scuderia-pummelling 540bhp courtesy of a new exhaust, with the happy consequence that it'll now top out at a nice round 200mph.

When the roof's down, quite what happens to your face at that speed remains unclear. As, presumably, does your vision.

Still, 200mph or not, we've got to put our foot down here. This modified XKR is a wrongness. Anyone want to disagree?  

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