Some might say it looks better than the DBS thanks to that wide, flared and vented front spoiler dressed with stainless steel grilles, that ominous hole cut into the top of the engine bay to feed the bigger supercharger through a beefed-up cooling system. Then there are the vented side skirts, muscular diffuser-a rear wing is even offered if the mood takes.

Inside you can have what you like. Alcantara and carbon-fiber trim are all within the remit. This car's customer went for the combined appeal of Jaguar's in-built luxury and Arden's searing performance to create a car that works on just about every level.

Jaguar is now free from the reins of Ford and under the watchful eyes of Tata, which wants to recreate the glory days of the D- and E-Types and there will soon be a fiery 500-hp V8 under the bonnet. Until that automotive Vindaloo hits, and you want a Jag that turns your trousers beige for all the right reasons, come to Arden.

Arden XK AJ20
Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive*Engine
4.5-liter V8, dohc, 32-valve.Custom crankshaft, pistons, rods, Arden twin-screw supercharger, induction, exhaust, software*Transmission
Automatic torque-biased helical LSD and strengthened rear axle*Suspension
Arden sport kit*Brakes
Six-piston calipers, 15.4-inch rotors (f)Four-piston calipers, 13.4-inch rotors (r)*Wheels and Tires
Arden Speedline, 9x21 (f), 10x21 (r)Pirelli P Zero, 255/30 (f), 295/25 (r)*Performance*
Peak Power: 550 hp
Peak Torque: 472 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 4.4 sec.
Top Speed: 192.5 mph
*Arden data

Arden Automobilbau GmbH

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