Few modern automobiles embody the essence of British grand touring cars like the 2010 Jaguar XK coupe and convertible. With flowing body panels, V8 power, and seating for up to four, the XK has the goods to consider itself worthy of the "Cat" logo that adorns its front grille.
Both coupe and convertible body styles are available in two trims, the base XK and the performance oriented XKR, like the coupe we drove. XKR's set themselves apart with a sporty mesh grille, added vents on the food and lower body panels, larger brakes than the standard model as well as the more potent of the two engines.
While the base XK gets a naturally aspirated 5-liter V8, putting out 385 horsepower and 380 pound feet of torque, the XKR gets the addition of an Eaton twin-scroll supercharger onto that V8. It cranks out 510 horsepower and 461 pound feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Here are the XK's highest and lowest EPA fuel economy estimates:
As is expected with a Jaguar, occupants of the XK are treated to a curvaceous, leather-clad interior. Standard equipment includes leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, push button start, and Jaguar's unique retracting drive selector. Also standard is a touch screen navigation system, which also provides climate and audio controls, as well as vehicle security settings.
Occupants also enjoy standard features such as heated/cooled front bucket seats and a 525-watt AM/FM/MP3 stereo with 6-disc changer, Kevlar speakers, and aluminum tweeters.
Standard safety features include an active speed limiter, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes with emergency brake assist, Trac dynamic stability control, with traction control, 5 mile per hour front and rear bumpers, and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
Base MSRP for the 2010 Jaguar XK is $82,150. An XKR coupe starts at $95,150, while a range-topping XKR convertible starts at $101,150. The XK is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic warranty.
With a wealth of luxury features, expert styling, and propelled by a selection of potent powerplants, the Jaguar XK boasts the credentials worthy of the Jaguar brand and the grand touring tradition it continues.