Jag XKR-S GT vs SRT Viper TA
542bhp Brit brawls with 631bhp of American muscle. But which will come out on top?
Posted: 03 Apr 2014
Compared with the XKR-S, the GT, which shares the same 542bhp supercharged V8 drivetrain, has a completely fresh, F-Type inspired rear end, featuring all-new suspension and axle, which lowers the gearing and gives a 0.3-second advantage to 60mph; a set of vast and powerful carbon-ceramic brakes - 2.2kg lighter per corner; wider, 305-section 20-inch rear tyres; and an extensive aero package that includes dive planes, an aluminium undertray, a big front splitter and that jarringly huge rear wing.
The net result, along with the bonnet louvres, stripes and stickers, is a car that looks like it's been attacked by a team of aftermarket tuners, not the factory's finest. The valet at our hotel, among others, was convinced we'd slammed the car ourselves and looked at us, shaking his head, like we should have known better. He didn't say it, but you could see he was thinking it: "You don't do THAT to a Jaaaag."