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Jaguar XK

The last “real” Jaguar.

The XK is now the oldest vehicle in the Jaguar line and is certainly the most traditional-looking — the styling harks back to the 1998 XK8. Still, the car hardly feels like a stodgy old-timer. Its sonorous 5.0-liter V-8s, regardless of power output, respond instantly to the tap of the gas pedal. The interior, restyled a few years ago, closely follows the modern aesthetic of the XF and the XJ. The XK was the last Jag to abandon the old-school J-gate shifter for a rotary shifter. Subtle design tweaks have made the XK more aggressive-looking without robbing it of its clean elegance. The XKR-S, new for 2012, is the most powerful Jaguar you can buy, and it handily outguns the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo S. This year, its aggressive suspension tuning trickles down to other XKs in the form of an option package. But the XK, regardless of trim, is not as sharp as the best sports cars and, in convertible form, doesn’t always feel rigid enough. The XK faces new internal competition from the smaller, cheaper, more sporting F-type that joins the lineup in the spring. Even so, the XK’s blend of comfort and capability should still please many buyers.

COMPETITORS

BMW 6-series

Chevrolet Corvette

Porsche 911

new for 2013

The suspension tuning from the XKR-S is now available as an option for all models. Twenty-inch wheels are now standard.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and tire-pressure monitoring are standard.

MPG

CITY 15–16

HWY 22–24

PRO

Intoxicating exhaust note

Excellent chassis

Mind-reading six-speed auto

CON

Looks older than it is

Rear seats are useless even by sports car standards

Base Price Range: $79,875–$138,875

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Rear-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: XK, XKR, XKR-S

BODY STYLES: Coupe, convertible, 2+2-passenger

ENGINES: 5.0L V-8, 385/550 hp, 380/502 lb-ft

5.0L supercharged V-8, 510 hp, 461 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 74.0 cu ft

CARGO SPACE: (coupe) 11.7 cu ft; (convertible, top up/down) 11.1/7.1 cu ft

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