BMW has their new 550 horsepower M5 as a Ring Taxi at the famous Nürburgring and now Jaguar is joining the “service” with their very first taxi. Jaguar’s Nürburgring taxi is based on the all-aluminium long wheelbase XJ Supersport with Sport and Speed Pack options.
Under the bonnet is a 5.0 litre supercharged V8 with 510 hp. Top speed is an impressive 174mph.
Said Frank Klaas, Global Head of Communications, Jaguar Land Rover: “We’ve been running a successful Nürburgring driving programme from our Nordschleife engineering test centre now for some time, as it’s the very best place to demonstrate the dynamic abilities of the current Jaguar XF, XJ and XK models.
“Of these models, we found it’s the XJ Supersport that most often surprises journalists with its speed simply because they perceive it to be a large luxury car. The XJ is both those things, of course, but its aluminium architecture means it’s rigid and lightweight too, which make it a very good car on track. To underline that fact, our engineering team created this special Nürburgring taxi version in which our trained drivers can safely take passengers on very hot laps!”
Jaguar’s ‘Ring Taxi is finished in non-standard matt grey paint with exterior Sport Pack and Speed Pack – which raises its electronically limited top speed from 155mph to 174mph – but is otherwise mechanically standard.
Inside there is room for four. Gone are the standard leather-trimmed heated and cooled seats, and in their place are four race seats, each equipped with four-point harnesses. A full bespoke roll cage completes the interior changes to keep everyone safe.