1998 Jaguar XK8

  • 1998 Jaguar XK8 Base Convertible
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      290/290
    • ENGINE
      4.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $69,900
  • 1998 Jaguar XK8 Base Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      290/290
    • ENGINE
      4.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $64,900
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1998 Jaguar XK8 Review

Seductive, sleek, and purrs like a kitten.

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Overview

Although it was overshadowed by the introduction of the XKE, the 1998 Jaguar XK8 is still well loved by its fans. Introduced in 1997, it was completely redesigned and received much better feedback the second time around. The model it replaced had boasted more than two decades on the market, making it a hard act to follow. It succeeds by offering what the buyer is looking for and then some. Meanwhile, it manages to mix the tried and true aspects of a Jaguar with new accents to draw in previously uninterested consumers.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 4.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar XK8

What's New

The 1998 XK8 incorporates a cell phone keypad into the stereo controls, offers two new exterior colors, and adds automatic on/off headlamps. Also, the security system includes the option of an engine immobilizer.

Exterior

The 1998 Jaguar K8 gets a rounded front end and standout appearance, which makes it attractive and desirable. Standard features include a power moonroof, fog lights, and intermittent windshield wipers.

Interior

The 1998 Jaguar K8 has an interior that's embraced with Connelly leather with the walnut trim. This is ultimately associated with the Jaguar standard to provide the requisite comfort for this level of luxury car. The controls for the stereo system and the button to remove the top are easy to find and put into operation as well. Standard features include a power front passenger seat, remote trunk release, an AM/FM radio and cassette stereo system. Optional features are available for heated front seats, a CD changer, and a Harman/Kardon audio upgrade.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Jaguar K8 give the handling precise steering and effortless acceleration thanks to 290 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. The four-liter V-8 engine is also paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, the suspension handles most road irregularities well enough so that the occupants barely notice them. Sport suspension also comes standard.

Safety

The 1998 Jaguar K8 can top the speedometer at 155 mph, but it doesn't mean that it was necessarily built for safety. With the help from stability and traction control and fade-free brakes, it does provide adequate measures to back up its seductive speed. Standard features include four-wheel anti-lock braking system, power brakes, driver and passenger airbags, and an anti-theft alarm system.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jaguar XK8: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Curb appeal
  • Speed
  • Luxuries and awesome stereo system for riding in style

You Won't Like

  • Understated gauges
  • No leg room for back seat passengers
  • Extremely high price

Sum Up

Seductive, sleek, and purrs like a kitten.

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