R Performance Options – What Does It Mean ?


Jaguar R Performance  

I am often asked what does Jaguar R Performance mean and what are the R Performance options provide by Jaguar relating to the Jaguar XK8 XKR (X100) model.

Here is a brief summary:

In readiness for the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1999 and coinciding with Ford’s decision to brand their Formula 1 team as ‘Jaguar’ the company finally introduced some of the add-ons first seen in the XK180 and developed under the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) banner 

Primarily intended for the XK8 and XKR models but also made available for some of the XJ Range and S types these performance related options by SVO were identified by the name R Performance. 

They were available on new cars by special order but customers with older cars would have to wait until 2002 to get them as aftermarket add-ons from a Jaguar dealer.

BBS designed and supplied the ‘R’ Performance alloy wheels which for the XK8 / R were either 18 ins Milan or 20 ins Paris or Detroit named after launch venues for the X180 concept car, all of the two piece split rim makeup.

The 20 ins wheels were the largest ever to be fitted to a Jaguar car.  All wheels were fitted with very low profile Pirelli P Xero tyres of the correct size. The 20 ins wheels necessitated the fitting of rubberised rear wheel arch extensions to meet the construction and use regulations criteria

Also available were much improved brakes based on racing technology. Brembo designed them with two-piece cross drilled ventilated discs 355mm x 32mm at the front and 330mm x 28mm at the rear with aluminium 4 pot calipers bearing the Jaguar name. There was also a handling pack which could only be fitted to cars with Cat’s suspension. This was made up of your choice of wheels plus the Brembo brakes, uprated springs anti-roll bars and re-tuned variable ratio steering and dampers. With this option right height was reduced by 10mm

Prices at the time for the ‘R’ performance enhancements ranged from £1450 the Milan 18 ins wheels with Pirelli tyres to £5900 for a fully fitted out XKR handling pack. 

From 2001 a new 20 ins Montreal wheel was offered and in 2022 Recaro sports seats with soft grain leather matching steering wheel and gear knob. Even an aluminium pack with instrument surrounds, foot pedals and gear lever surround. In 2004 the ‘R’ performance took more of an extrovert approach with an expansive brochure covering its availability for all Jaguar models. For the XK’s specifically other 20 ins split rim alloy wheels were added to the range these being the impressive Sepang and Perseus wheels. 

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Jaguar XK8/XKR Door Skin Repair Panel

We can supply new XK8 and XKR repair doors skins.

The Jaguar Part Numbers are:

UK Drivers Side – FJA3032AA
UK Passenger Side – FJA3033AA

These repair skins allow for repairs to be made to the original door assembly which are now obsolete from Jaguar.

Price per side is £751 + VAT and Shipping.

No VAT to pay if you live outside EEC Countries.

We also have a good selection of used door assemblies available on our website.

Jaguar XK/XKR Convertible Replacement Hood Soft Top

The XK/XKR Hood / Soft Tops are lasting well in service. However certainly for the older convertibles colour will now have faded and the material may have come to the end of it’s days. The hood may have been damaged in service.

Hood made as original with padded interliner sewn into the hood. The hood comes complete with heated glass window.

We can supply a high quality mohair hood with a choice of colours including:








Price for new Mohair hood for Jaguar XK8 / XKR Convertible – £841 + Shipping and VAT.


Jaguar F-Type Car Covers and Carpets

Jaguar F-Type Custom Made Carpet Sets

Add Some Style to the Interior of Your Jaguar F-type with these High Quality Custom Made Car Mat Sets!

Please note: the images above are examples of previous designs created for our customers, however we can completely customise each design to your F-Type standards.

We are now able to supply very high quality custom made car mat sets of 4.

Customising Options Include:

1. Wide Choice of colours available – see below
2. Jaguar leaping cat logo with F-type text underneath
3. Choice of drivers heel pad
4. Choice of colour of car mat set edging – see below
5. Choice of car mat sets for right or left hand drive cars
6. Choice of one or two clipping points to secure the front carpets – Please Note there are two clipping point types and some suppliers will only supply one type.

Choice of Custom Carpet Set Colours:

1 – Black, nubuck white stitch

2 – Black

3 – Anthracite

4 – Grey

5 – Navy

6 – Royal Blue

7 – Dark Red

8 – Rustic Red

9 – Bright Red

10 – Beige

11 – Mocha (No Longer Available)

12 – Diplomat Brown

13 – Bottle Green

14 – Teal Green

Colour Choices for Carpet Edging:

Custom Made Carpet Set Edging Colours

1 – Yellow Leatherette

2 – Pink Leatherette

3 – Baby Blue Leatherette

4 – Bright Red Leatherette

5 – Royal blue Leatherette

6 – Lime Green Leatherette

7 – Beige Leatherette

8 – Biscuit Leatherette

9 – White Leatherette

10 – Silver Leatherette

11 – Dark Grey Leatherette

12 – Bright Red Nubuck

13 – Orange Leatherette

14 – Fuchsia Leatherette

15 – Purple Leatherette

16 – Dark Red Leatherette

17 – Navy Leatherette

18 – Bottle Green Leatherette

19 – Magnolia Leatherette

20 – Brown Leatherette

21 – Ivory Leatherette

22 – Grey Leatherette

23 – Black Leatherette

24 – Black Nubuck

Typical production time from receipt of order and payment 2-3 weeks

Indicative Price for Custom Car Mat Set of 4 LHD and RHD Specifications – £129.95 each + Shipping and VAT.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

NOTE – No UK VAT Payable if you live outside of the UK and EEC Countries.


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