Owning a high performance luxury car like the 2010 Jaguar XFR or the 2010 Jaguar XKR is an exhilarating experience. Not only do each of these cars offer the type of luxury that is typically reserved for royalty, but they also incorporate a level of performance seldom seen outside of a dedicated sports car.
Each of these outstanding new cars from Jaguar features a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that makes use of a supercharger to pound out 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque. All of this grunt is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission that features manual shift control in order to invite increased driver participation when rocketing down the road.
Jaguar has recognized that not all new Jaguar XKR and Jaguar XFR buyers are card-carrying race drivers who instinctively know how to handle the prodigious power lurking underneath the hood of each of these vehicles. With special options like the Speed Pack available for the XKR, which increases the automobile's top speed limiter to 174 miles per hour and also improves down force, it is clear that in order to get the most out of these British thoroughbreds some specialized training might be in order.
This is exactly why Jaguar is now offering one full day of high performance driving school attendance to each and every person who buys a 2010 Jaguar XFR or 2010 Jaguar XKR. This compelling bonus is included free of charge with the purchase of either of these modern supercars. The school itself, called the R Performance Academy, is a traveling arrangement that moves throughout the United States in order to offer Jaguar owners a chance to hone their talents behind the wheel regardless of where they might live. Currently, dates are available in Monticello, New York in May, Fontana, California in August and Homestead, Florida in December.
The curriculum taught at the Academy is designed to be as friendly as possibly, not intimidate drivers with an overload of technical details. Pilots start out moving through an autocross course demarcated with pylons and then proceed on to a higher speed oval event where they are free to explore the limits of adhesion in a new Jaguar without fear of sliding into anything that could damage the car. The next phase is a road course, which combines both handling and high speed car control. Instructors are available at all times to ride in each car alongside owners or lead the pack of vehicles around a course. The Academy is run rain or shine, and participants will learn valuable skills about how to properly handle and control their powerful beasts regardless of what weather conditions they might encounter. The best part? Those who attend the school are provided with a complementary Jaguar throughout the entire day, which eliminates the need to worry about wear and tear on their own personal vehicles.
Both the Jaguar XKR and the Jaguar XFR are limited production models, but so far the brand has managed to sell just under 1,000 2010 editions. Out of that number, close to 100 drivers have signed up for the R Performance Academy, which has made the incentive an unqualified success in the eyes of the company. As awareness of this exclusive perk of buying a new Jaguar R model grows, the brand expects as many as a quarter of all new owners to sign up and participate in this free high performance driving school.