The 2008 Jaguar XK is available in one coupe and two convertibles. One of the convertible options is the XKR model. The XK models feature a naturally-aspirated engine and the XKR features a supercharged engine. The XKs have 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The supercharged engine of the XKR offers 420 horsepower and 412 lb-ft of torque. This is bound to remind buyers of the Jaguar XJR sedan since the two are very similar.
Body styles: four-door sedan, four-door convertible
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar XK coupe, Jaguar XK convertible, Jaguar XK convertible XKR
As the Jaguar XK-Series was completely redesigned in 2007, there is not much that is new in 2008. All models of the 2008 Jaguar XK-Series now feature hidden interior antennae, which replace the old-fashioned aerial ones. There are some other interior changes. The only exterior changes are that the popular British Racing Green is no longer a color option, and the body is now all aluminum.
As far as exterior updates go, British Racing Green is no longer an exterior color choice. The all-aluminum body makes the car faster. Coupled with the lightning-quick acceleration, it makes the car as fast as its feline namesake. Both XK models have 18-inch wheels. When drivers decide to upgrade to the XKR models, they get 19-inch wheels in addition to the supercharged engine. Twenty-inch wheels come with the premium XKR package. The XKR model also comes with four exterior exhaust outlets. One exterior feature that likens all models of the XK-Series to those of the XJ-Series is the hood ornament. Rather than the traditional leaping jaguar, it is a growling jaguar that sits atop the hood.
Interior updates to the 2008 Jaguar XK-Series are the hidden antennas and other minor changes. These minor changes include things like using better quality leather for the upholstery. Xenon headlamps, leather upholstery, power heated front seats with memory, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker audio system are among the XK’s interior features. Added interior features of the XKR model include larger brakes and more securely bolstered front seats. The premium XKR package features walnut and aluminum trim. An advanced options package offers 16-way adjustable seats just as in the XJ-Series.
Performance & Handling
The body of all XK-Series models is now all aluminum. Jaguar says this stiffer body improves ride and handling. Testing proves ride and handling are now better. Do not expect performance and handling to quite match that of the Porsche 911 on mountain roads. The XKR models are more geared toward performance. The all-aluminum body makes the suspension firmer. This is true for the entire XK-Series; however, the suspension in the XKR models is better calibrated than in the XK models and has adaptive settings. The steering is also retuned when a driver decides to upgrade from the XK to the XKR.
Safety is an important part of the 2008 Jaguar XK-Series. All models have standard safety features such as frontal airbags that protect both the head and the chest. Rear parking sensors are standard on the base XK models. A touch-screen navigational system is also standard on the most basic model, which shows how ultra luxurious this car is. Although it has been compared to the XJ-Series, the XK-Series is much nicer. The XKR models offer even more leeway than the XK models when it comes to disabling safety features. Jaguar also says the stiffer body improves crashworthiness. A comparative act of safety testing was not done, so this cannot be proven. The convertible models have aluminum hoops that deploy automatically in the event of a rollover.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jaguar XK coupe: 16/25 mpg city/highway
Jaguar XK convertible: 16/25 mpg city/highway
Jaguar XK convertible XKR: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- Inexpensive compared to others in its class
- Ultra luxurious
You Won't Like
- Not as fast as BMW 6 Series or Mercedes-Benz CLK Class
- Worse mileage than the XJ-Series
An even more luxurious, two-door version of the XJ-Series.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Porsche 911
- BMW 6 Series
- Mercedes-Benz CLK Class