The 2009 Jaguar XK is the storied British automaker’s first real attempt at reinventing itself for the 21st century. While maintaining a design aesthetically inspired by classic models from Jaguar’s past, the XK is a thoroughly modern luxury coupe that offers athletic performance and modern technological features.
The 2009 Jaguar XK is available as either a coupe or a convertible. There are also two trim levels available that correspond with choice of engine. The regular model XK includes standard features such as 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, bi-xenon HID headlights, front and rear parking sensors, power folding mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 10-way power heated front seats, leather upholstery, and wood trim. Additional technological features include Bluetooth and a stereo system that’s equipped with eight-speaker surround sound, an in-dash CD player, satellite radio, and a USB interface for digital music players. The convertible version also features a power cloth top along with power rear windows.
The more performance-minded XKR version sees the addition of a supercharged engine, larger brakes, returned steering, a firmer suspension, active headlights, sportier 19-inch wheels, quad exhaust outlets, stainless steel pedals, and an aluminum mesh grille.
Additional available packages for both the XK and the XKR included the Luxury Package and the Technology Package. There’s also a Dynamic Handling Package available for the XKR.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8 engine
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar XK, Jaguar XKR
Standard and optional features were both increased for the 2009 Jaguar XK-Series. Features such as 19-inch wheels, front parking sensors, power folding mirrors, and surround sound audio were made standard for all models, as were satellite radio and USB input. New optional features for 2009 include an improved stereo by Bowers & Wilkins.
The 2009 XK and XKR are available in coupe and convertible versions. With an aggressive looking grille and headlights, both versions represent a decidedly modern update on the classic Jaguar sports car look. The 2009 XK features an all-aluminum structure along with body panels that make the car lighter than the Jag XK8 it was introduced to replace.
The XK’s interior was also given a more modern take for 2009. While the wooden veneer alternative would associate with a Jaguar interior is still very much in evidence, it’s been restrained slightly, and there is even an option for aluminum trim.
Performance & Handling
The standard 2009 Jaguar XK is powered by a 4.2-liter V-8 engine that’s rated at 300 horsepower and capable of producing 310 lb-ft of torque. The XKR version features a supercharged version of the V-8 that increases horsepower to 420 and torque to 412 lb-ft.
The standard XK coupe is capable of making zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds while the convertible can make it in 6.3. The XKR convertible can do it in just 4.9 and the XKR coupe is even quicker than that.
A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission option for all versions of the 2009 XK.
Standard safety features include front-seat side airbags, whiplash-reducing front seats, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and stability control. Convertible versions of the XK and XKR are equipped with two aluminum hoops that are deployed automatically in the event of a rollover.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jaguar XK: 16/25 mpg city/highway
Jaguar XKR: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- Refined drivability
- All-aluminum structure and body panels
- Improved handling and crashworthiness
You Won't Like
- Drives more like a sedan than a sports car
- Suspensions not made for aggressive cornering
A grand tourer with refined drivability.
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