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New Jaguars to debut at Motorexpo

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This year's London Motorexpo will see Jaguar's new XFR and XKR models go on show for the first time, the luxury car manufacturer has announced.

More than 350,000 visitors are expected to attend the week-long event, which begins on June 8 at the Canary Wharf venue.

The XFR will reach 60mph in 4.7 seconds, powered by a new, supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine. Its sister model, the XKR, is a shade faster thanks to its lightweight aluminium body.

Jaguar is positioning both vehicles against current performance saloons including the BMW M5, the Audi RS6 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

Jaguar Cars' managing director in the UK, Geoff Cousins, said: "The XFR and XKR have been critically acclaimed by the UK's motoring media since launch, both for their beautiful design and exceptional driving dynamics.

"London's Motorexpo allows us to reach an incredibly desirable audience and with research showing that 85% of visitors to the show don't attend any other motoring event, it is important for Jaguar to have a presence."

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover is hoping that the new models, together with support from the Government, will help secure its future.

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