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2001 Jaguar XK8 Review

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Cars like the Jaguar XK8 are all about charisma and style; practicality and cost issues are clearly distant considerations. What counts is whether other people eye you with envy; whether the car gets respect from the valet at snooty restaurants. Will it get parked out in front? Or does it go around back with all the others? And is my hair on straight?

Using these criteria, the 2001 XK8 (in either coupe or convertible form) passes the test. And it's a good thing, too — because if considered solely on its objective merits, the Jaguar would have some explaining to do. It is cramped inside and not especially comfortable. Leg room is fine, but shoulder and head room are tight if you are over six feet tall. The steering wheel obscures the instruments, but they're easier to read than the miniaturized screen for the now-standard GPS navigation system. As for trunk/interior storage capacity, the Jag has about the same room for stuff as a moped with saddlebags. And the thing is massively expensive: $69,155 for the base coupe and $74,155 for the convertible.

But it has style. And that, friends, has been the Jaguar ace in the hole for years.

Even during the awful days before Ford Motor Co. bought the company and injected some much-needed quality control, cars like the XJ6 sedan and XJS coupe (the XK8's predecessor) sold decently and were admired, even if they were being admired with their emergency flashers on while waiting for a tow truck by the side of the road. That's a powerful testimony to the allure of these still-exotic British machines.

Just saying "Jag-you-are" (that's how the Brits say it) conveys a sense of what we're dealing with here. Even the tubular key is different, oddly stylish. The door-knocker Jag-head on the key fob and "leaper" emblem complete the ensemble.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015
2004 Jaguar XK8 2-Door Convertible XK8

A very sexy money-pit.

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If I had it to do all over again I would not have bought this very sexy money-pit. It seems that JAGUAR has forgotten why they built this car. And yet I still love it the way you love a little puppy that pees... + More »
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Monday, October 12, 2015
2000 Jaguar XK8 2-Door Convertible Supercharged

WOW, Fast, Beautiful. Who cares about mileage.

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Amazing, cooling issues aside. Incedible handling (especially since the tire/wheel upgrade to 20" Michelin Super Sports and brembo brakes. BRG/Beige top and interior. Perfomance upgrades to Supercharger and... + More »
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Saturday, June 27, 2015
1997 Jaguar XK8 2-Door Coupe

Beautiful car

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One of the original XK8s made. This is how the E-Type (XKE) would have evolved.If the XJS had not turned up in between. The lines of the XK8 are the futuristic E-Type.
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