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2013 Jaguar XK Preview

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For 2013, Jaguar has lowered the price on its XK line of grand-touring luxury coupes and convertibles, and added a new Portfolio Pack edition to the lineup.

With the introduction of a new Touring Coupe and Touring Convertible trim, entry prices for the 2013 XK now drop by more than $5,000 from 2012, to a new price of $79,875 for the coupe and $85,875 for the convertible (including destination). Base prices for the standard XK Coupe ($85,375) and Convertible ($91,375) are unchanged from last year, but the 2013 models do now include 20-inch wheels.

On the new Touring Coupe and Convertible, Jaguar is including standard 525-watt premium audio, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, a reverse camera system, parking sensors, folding power mirrors, and bond-grain leather with Satin Rosewood veneers inside. This model comes with an Aero Pack and 19-inch wheels.

The Dynamic Pack that was first available in the XK Coupe last year is now offered on 2013 XKR Convertible models and brings them XKR-S suspension tuning and aerodynamic improvements; with it, the top speed rises to 174 mph.

For 2013 Jaguar is also encouraging customers to tap into a the XK’s wide range of color and trim choices, and so-called Special Order ones—like bright Racing paint—no longer cost extra. An appearance-oriented Portfolio Pack is newly offered for 2013 and includes special interior and exterior themes, a chrome-mesh grille, soft-grain leather with contrast-stitching, 16-way-adjustable power seats, heated-and-cooled front seats, and a heated-and-cooled steering wheel—plus hand-polished Shadow Walnut or Dark Figured Aluminum trim. The headliner is borrowed from the XFR-S and made of Poltrona Frau hand-crafted leather, and this edition also gets stainless-steel pedals and scuff plates.

The 2013 XK models remain powered by a 385-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 engine that can get the Coupe to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds and to a top speed limited to 155 mph. The XKR comes with a 510-hp supercharged version that can get to 60 in 4.6 seconds, while the top-performance, very limited-edition (100 coupes and 100 convertibles for the U.S.) Jaguar XKR-S gets a 550-hp version with exotic-car performance (4.2 seconds to 60) and considering its performance, a still-impressive 22-mpg highway rating.

In all models, one of the keys to the XK’s dual personality as a sports car and comfortable touring coupe comes from its standard Adaptive Dynamics active damping system, which constantly adjusts the suspension’s firmness for responsiveness and to the road surface. XKR and XKR-S models include an Active Differential Control system that helps improve cornering ability near the limits and on power.

As we say about the entire lineup, covered at depth in our 2012 Jaguar XK review pages, we appreciate the XK’s combination of sports-car reflexes and a relaxed grand-touring ride, with a beautifully detailed cabin. In short, the XK is the kind of coupe (or convertible) that you can drive all day and feel pampered, then duck off the highway onto some twistier roads and still have fun.

Read those review pages for more information, and we’ll soon bring you a more extensive review of the entire 2013 model line and its changes.

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