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My 5.0 XKR

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So after five mostly happy years driving around in my old 4.2 XKR (click for old thread) it was eventually time for a change. I spent a while considering other things - 911s, M3s, GranTurismos, Mustangs, C63 AMGs etc. etc. but couldn't think of anything else that ticked all the boxes and was available within budget. I did consider holding out for a nice 4.2 XKR-S or Portfolio but the pull of the larger engine was too strong (in more ways than one) so after a short search I found this at an independent dealer in Southport:

A couple of fellow forum members very kindly offered to go check the car out on my behalf (thanks again guys!) as I live about 6 hours from Southport and one of them went along for a look and a test drive. Following that and a couple of phone calls to the dealer, a trade in was agreed and deposit placed. Fast forward a couple of weeks and the new car was ready so I drove down and completed the exchange at the start of October and made the trip home.

First impressions all very positive; it feels newer, tighter, much better built, interior is more luxurious and the exterior is in much better condition. Handling is more direct, firmer yes but not at the expense of any refinement. It does not attempt to hide it's weight the same way the older car did, it just feels like it's managing it better, more sports-car like experience overall. And the performance, still getting used to just how much faster it is, much more so than the raw figures would suggest...

Few little things to sort out, the windscreen washers were not working to start with (although the headlamp ones did), some investigation identified a blockage around the pump inlet pipe and further block somewhere just before the passenger-side jets. The iPod connection is a bit flaky - keeps losing connection to the iPod and doesn't charge it. The wheels need aligning too as the steering wheel is a degree or two off-center when the car is travelling straight ahead.

Other than that, very happy so far... Updates here as-and-when.
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First thing I had done was getting decent tyres on the car. I had a pair of nearly-new Vredestein Ultrac Vortis on the summer wheels from the old car so I had them swapped on to the 5.0. It needed new tyres for the MOT before sale so I asked the dealer to put Ultrac Vortis on there, so I have a full set of decent rubber from the outset. The rears on the new car were Dunlop SP SportMaxx things, no idea why Jaguar fitted those as standard as they can't cope with the torque the car can produce even on a dry day.

After the tyres were fitted the wheels and tyres were covered in that white grease they use so I took them all off, gave them a good clean up and inspected the condition of the brake parts and whatnot in the arches then refitted the wheels with a fresh set of nuts and lockers...

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Took the new car out on Sunday morning past there and chucked my camera gear in the boot...

DSC_7730 by Niall Porter Photography, on Flickr

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DSC_7783-Pano by Niall Porter Photography, on Flickr

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Very, very nice. 👌🏼
Looks fantastic, nice to see a 5.0 in a light colour for once!
Yes, looking very tasty there Niall :mrgreen:

Stunning pictures of a stunning car Niall.:mrgreen:
Great pics, especially the last one :)
Some winter progress has been made. Got the wheel alignment and geometry all sorted, the steering angle was slightly out due to toe angles incorrect at the front and some camber was out of spec so that's all sorted. Surprising how much better the car feels with everything pointing in the right direction. The little Skoda Fabia I had to cut around in for a while when the car was in the garage served as a reminder of how fortunate I am to own the XKR.

Managed to get the black pack grilles fitted over a couple of days either side of new year. Started looking like this:

Got part way through changing the grilles and realised I needed a low profile wrench and torx set to get at the side grilles so it went to bed for a few days looking like this:

After a good rummage around the garage, a New Year party, a hangover the likes of which I've not known since becoming a father and another day to recover I got it all sorted and stitched back together and now it looks like this:

Have to say, I'm not quite 100% sold on it yet! I'm not sure if it's because of the bonnet vents with grey mesh and chrome strakes, and/or the silver wheels but it sort of looks a bit unfinished or something. Or maybe I just need to see it like that a bit and get used to it. I think it's better than the silver grilles with chrome surrounds on the side grilles though. I'm not half-considering black wheels as per the real "black pack" spec, but that wouldn't have been the Nevis design I have now, would have been Kalimnos or Kasuga so half looking out for some black Kalimnos wheels.

I also changed out *all* the headlamp bulbs. I'd ordered the H1S xenons as the previous ones looked a bit dull and also ordered chrome/silvervision side marker and indicator lamps to get rid of the "fried egg" look as I did on my old car. I later decided to change the sidelights and cornering lamps as the lit up very much "warm" white/orange which looked odd in amongst the cool white of the Xenons and didn't really shine bright enough to be effective anyway. I've not been for a drive after dark since fitting them so can't attest to the efficacy of all of this yet but cosmetically it's all much more appealing. Before:


The side marker and cornering lamp bulbs actually have a blue tint to the glass but they do shine white. You can't see the blue unless you actually get down low and look at them up close. Little things I know but I'd have felt like I'd done half a job if I hadn't gone the whole hog.

Next on the list, get round to installing the CTek charger and I've also ordered some LED interior bulbs. I may even wash the car tomorrow as it's now even grubbier than shown above...
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Excellent work Niall. Beginning to become more personal and looking a bit meaner in the process.:mrgreen:
Thanks chap, starting to feel more like "my car" now.
This is a wonderful car, as are all XK's, gradually being tastefully modded to your exacting standards.

It'll have to be, as a professional photographer, anything not just right will be highlighted and it'll play havoc with any OCD.

The Nevis wheels, I love them, no idea why other than they have SUPERCHARGED etched within them.

I've considered the same for my Super, still am.

I appreciate and concur, a set of black wheels to match what you've already changed, would suit it better.

Have the Nevis wheels powder coated black, it'd be my choice. There is a set for sale on the web already refurbished in black for you to have a look at.

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Thanks for the kind words! I may yet have the wheels done in gloss black. I need to sell the Cremona wheels I had on my old 4.2 first, just a shame they won't fit the 5.0.
Thanks for the pics. Looks in really good nick and the engine choice makes me grin already. The grill change isn't so noticeable, and the original can be stored out of harms way.

I like the silver wheels but I also like the aggressive look of black wheels.

How about getting the wheels vinyl coated. Black the wheels, and the original wheel paint gets protected.

Happy days. Go on, give it the beans. Cheers.
Thanks! Good shout on coating the wheels, I bought some spray-on vinyl stuff recently so I might give that a shot.
Very nice car! I am loving the subtle modifications, they add something to the car without making it look like its been modified by a boy racer.

I actually love the Nevis wheels, one of my favourite designs since I saw them on the XFR models. But I'm not so keep on black wheels myself; each to their own though; we're all different.

Your photos make the thread extra enjoyable! One for me to keep an eye on for sure!
Cheers Chris! I've modified all my cars in some way, always gone for the "less is more" approach. The last thing I'd want to do is turn something like an XKR into a boy race car...

I was looking on another forum last night and found a shot of a silver 5.0 car with the black pack grilles and black Nevis wheels:

I don't think I'd do the wing louvres in black and I definitely won't be doing what they've done with the splitter under the front lower grille but the wheels look better in black than I thought they would. Ordinarily I'm not a fan of black wheels either except maybe on a red car as you have to keep applying tyre dressing or the tyres look lighter than the wheels and that just looks silly. Salsa red with black pack looks amazing, I almost wish I'd held out for that.

Incidentally it's hard to tell from the angle of that shot but it looks like that car has the same bonnet vents as mine has:

I've been wondering what to do with these now I have the black grilles, I think from that other car photo that they've maybe done the outer part and the mesh in gloss black and left the chrome section as is, that might work...
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Thanks! Good shout on coating the wheels, I bought some spray-on vinyl stuff recently so I might give that a shot.
You're welcome. Spray on vinyl, well there's a thing. I took my wheels off just to clean them inside with a scrubbing brush and it was exhausting.

5.0L supercharged, I bet you can't wait to get up in the morning.
Not much of a morning person so I wouldn't exactly go that far but the days where I use the car for my commute are certainly less of a thought than the days without :)
Fitted (most of) the interior LED lamp bulbs I bought last week. Got the cabin ones done - one in each footwell, the two map lights and the courtesy light in the overhead console. I went for Osram cool white bulbs, I just like their look better. This was shot with only the offside footwell bulb changed, for comparison's sake:

And this is after fitting the whole lot, with them all switched on:

Please excuse the glare on the left of the photo, I managed to lean heavily on my phone while using it as a torch last week when changing the front grilles and now the outer lens on the camera is cracked...

I did also get a couple of bulbs to fit in the lamps in the boot but it turns out they're too big so will have to have a think on that one. I know another member (joc64) just adapted the fittings to take the longer bulbs but I'll see if I can do it without having to.
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