Jaguar has some very talented competition, hailing from all around the world.
On the touring side of things is the Mercedes-Benz SL, which remains boulevard-smooth even when shod with full AMG battle gear.
It's heavy, though, and COMAND's knob controller takes a long time to learn.
BMW has a new 6-Series coupe and cabriolet duo, each with a more refined, less Supra-ish shape and at least a token effort at weight loss.
A Chevrolet Corvette channels the brasher side of Jaguar's appeal, but its interior is nowhere near the British standard set by the XK.
A new Porsche 911 is due this year, and it promises to be bigger and more technically complex than ever--take that as you will.
Of all the semi-exotics we've driven, the Maserati GranTurismo may be the XK's truest, if more expensive, competitive.
It has a lusty V-8 engine, a gorgeous silhouette and pitch-perfect interior, and sport models and modes that stack up well against the Jag.
Heck, its name even means "grand tourer."
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|15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas Flat 6|
|Mini-Compact||Compact Cars||Two Seater||2 Seater||Mini-Compact|
|2-Door Coupe||2-Door Coupe 640i||2-Door Coupe w/2LT||2-Door Roadster SL550||2-Door Coupe Carrera (997)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Coupe||Coupe||2 Door Coupe||Convertible||Coupe|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Manual||Automatic||Manual|