The Jaguar XK is a high-end luxury sports car that drives as well as it looks. The four-seat XK comes as a coupe or convertible with V-8 power. There are two high-performance variants of the XK: the XKR and XKR-S. Both have supercharged V-8s, and the XKR-S' engine puts out 550 horsepower. According to Jaguar, the XKR-S can go from zero to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Competitors include the BMW 650i and Mercedes-Benz SL.
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New for 2013
New Touring versions of the coupe and convertible body styles give the XK a lower starting price for 2013. There's also a new Portfolio Package for the XK and XKR that includes chrome mirror caps and a chrome grille, contrast cabin stitching, soft-grain leather, heated and cooled front seats, walnut or aluminum interior trim, a leather headliner, stainless-steel pedals and scuff plates, and leather-trimmed floormats.
The XK's oval grille opening is different from other Jaguar models, and the broader front bumper distinguishes it from the preceding generation, called the XK8. Exterior features include:
- 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels
- Power-folding side mirrors with automatic dimming
- Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps
- Dual exhaust
- Power-folding soft-top (convertible)
The XK's interior isn't the roomiest in its class, though its front-seat legroom is far better than average and its dimensions are more than workable for adults. The backseat exists only in name; there's no legroom unless the front occupants slide forward, and the seat cushions have oddly shaped contours. It's "2+2" seating, which means Jaguar doesn't expect you to think they're real rear seats. The convertible's soft-top is thick enough that interior noise levels aren't much different from the coupe's. Interior features include:
- Leather seats and steering wheel
- Available real wood or aluminum trim
- Navigation system
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Available adaptive cruise control
- Available leather-appointed dash
- Available heated steering wheel
Under the Hood
Jaguar claims zero to 60 mph acceleration of 5.2 seconds in the XK. Mechanical features include:
- 385-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 (XK)
- Six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift function
Safety features include:
- Side-impact airbags
- Active front head restraints
- Daytime running lights
- Antilock brakes and traction control
- Electronic stability system
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Available collision warning system
Jaguar's XKR builds upon the XK with a 510-hp, supercharged version of the 5.0-liter V-8. A modified suspension firms up the ride and sharpens handling. Other changes include a modified exterior with a mesh grille, modified fog lights, larger wheels, quad exhaust and dual hood louvers. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and Jaguar says the XKR accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Back to top
Jaguar says the limited-production XKR-S has a top speed of 186 mph and will leap from zero to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Thanks to exhaust system and engine computer tuning, the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 makes 550 hp and 502 pounds-feet of torque. Boost pressure and engine compression are also slightly higher. The engine teams with a six-speed automatic that incorporates shift paddles. The suspension is 10 millimeters lower, and the XKR-S has an electronic differential.
The exterior is different than other XKs. Gloss-black accents are present, and the front bumper incorporates a carbon fiber splitter. The aggressive-looking hood features two horizontal cooling slots near the car's nose. At the rear, there's a fixed spoiler with carbon fiber inlay. The XKR-S also has unique wider side sills and a distinctive rear apron with a carbon fiber diffuser.
Inside, there are 16-way power-adjustable performance seats with sculpted side bolsters. RS logos adorn the head restraints and doorsills. Back to top
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