Jaguar XKR-S in drag race spectacular

The high-octane event saw the new 542bhp coupe take on a range of supercars and hypercars to raise money for charity.

After reaching 100mph in a little over eight seconds and hitting a top speed of 165mph, the new Jaguar supercar reached the semi-finals of the drag races before being beaten by hypercars worth twice the value of Jaguar’s latest offering.

Even the impressive figures were some way off its top performance; the XKR-S is capable of a 0-60mph sprint time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 186mph.

Fortunately, the Jaguar was able to help the Race the Runway event to a total of £40,000 raised for the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice and other charities.

It also gave Scottish drivers the chance to get a first glimpse of the Jaguar XKR-S, which stood out from the crowd with its electric blue paint job.

Jaguar also supplied the luxurious Jaguar XF saloon and standard XKR performance coupe to take part in the event, but it was the XKR-S that caught the eye of Ashley Kilgour, Corporate Fundraiser for The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.

He said: "I was fortunate enough to passenger in the XKR-S and what a thrill it was. It’s not every day you achieve 165 mph in a brand new Jaguar on an airport runway!”

Boasting a potent V8 supercharged engine, the Jaguar XKR-S is the most powerful mass produced Jaguar ever sold in the UK.

Designed with new suspension, uprated brakes and more aerodynamic tweaks to the body work to deliver greater performance than the range-topping XKR coupe, the XKR-S was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year.

Sales of the Jaguar XKR-S will begin in September, but they do not come cheap at £97,000 on-the-road.