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Jethro takes the Jaguar XKR-S and the Mercedes SL63 AMG for a spin on the Bedford track for our next installment of Evo. The two performance convertibles make more than 1,000hp so this should be fun to watch.
Powered by a 530hp 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine, the SL 63 AMG does not feel quite at home on the racetrack. Its enormous amount of torque (590 lb-ft or 800 Nm) spins the rear wheels out of traction when throttle is applied, making neat, tidy laps a hard thing to accomplish.
On the other hand, the Jaguar XKR-S feels completely different from the SL 63 AMG, as it has more body roll and struggles even more with traction. Powered by a 550hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces 501 lb-ft (680Nm), the Jag loves oversteering at all times and feels heavier under braking than the Mercedes.
Want to see just how much faster an F1 car is versus a V8 Supercar and a Mercedes C63 AMG. In this video David Coulthard's racing in a 2011-spec Red Bull RB9 RB7. The reality is that the F1 is so much faster it is scarsly believable.
The Video Reviews of The Wild 542bhp Jaguar F-type Coupe R Are Starting To Trickle In & The Verdict Is Good.
Since announcing the launch of the Jaguar F-type Coupe, we've been waiting for somebody to review it. Well, the great news is that the reviews have started and most people absolutely love it. Make no mistake, Jaguar has hit it out of the park with this beast.
The Jaguar F-Type R Coupe puts down 542hp through its rear wheels. The supercharged 5-litre V8 engine is the same powerplant used in the XKR-S and XFR-S, neither of which is lacking any poke. There are key electronic and mechanical developments here, though, not least a structure that's 80 per cent stiffer than that seen in the F-type convertible and that's the real difference in the driving experience, it transforms the car.
In the video below, EVO magazine gets to grips with the F-type Coupe R on road and track and delivers his verdict. With the Porsche 911, Aston V8 Vantage and Audi R8 all within touching distance, the Jag won't have life easy. And neither does its rear tyres when EVO has a go.
The team at XCAR spent some time getting to grips with the all-new 2015 Jaguar F-Type R. With 543bhp, an angry 5.0-litre supercharged V8 and one of the best noises ever to fall out of a car, it's safe to say Jaguar's on to a winner. It's the car Jag should have been making for years.
Watch as Sutcliffe takes a brave pill and switches off all the safety systems to find out just how poised and well-balanced the new Jaguar F-type coupe is. Then look on in as he drives ex-F1 ace Martin Brundle's Eagle Jaguar E-type to trace this new car's history.
Another day another McLaren P1 video. This one is awesome.
We've already reviewed the McLaren P1 here at RevToTheLimit. For those who don't know it is the long awaited successor to the mighty McLaren F1, one of our favorite cars ever. The McLaren P1, if not the fastest car in the world (we're sure Ferrari's upcoming LaFerrari will have something to say about that), according to Chris Harris it is the most exciting hypercar.
Chris Harris is lucky enough to get a full rundown of the technical details from Chris Goodwin who was the Chief Test Driver for McLaren Automotive. He then gets to thrash the P1 on the new $1.2 million McLaren P1 at the Yas Marina Grand Prix circuit in Abu Dhabi at night. Fair warning, the McLaren P1 video is almost 30 minutes long. It is worth watching the whole thing.
While there are a few other good videos online this week of the 903bhp McLaren P1, the other favorite we have is the Autocar review. They definitely agree with Chris Harris that the P1 is certainly one of the most exciting hypercars ever. But is it better than a Porsche 918 Spyder? That was the question that Steve Sutcliffe, one of the few in the world to have driven both had asked when making the below McLaren P1 video.