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9.4
/ 10
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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$76,360
BASE MSRP
$83,000
Quick Take
If you're not lured in by the siren song of a car like the 2011 Jaguar XK, you're beyond hope. Read more »
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Trite but true: this is sex on wheels

Motor Trend »

sleek and muscular styling

Edmunds »

a real beauty that looks almost as elegant as an Aston Martin DB9

Car and Driver »

one of the most graceful droptops around

Cars.com »

This car makes people stop and look at it.

AutoWeek »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$83,000 $104,625
2-Door Coupe
Gas Mileage 16 mpg City/24 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas V8, 5.0L
EPA Class Mini-Compact
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 4
Passenger Doors 2
Body Style 2dr Car
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The Basics:

Does it surprise you that one of the top-rated vehicles at TheCarConnection is...a Jaguar sportscar?

We've admired the Jaguar XK family since the 2007 model year, when they were recast in aluminum and went from pretty to spectacular. The current XK made a major leap for the brand and for sportscar shoppers who wanted some alternative to the Mercedes-Benz SL, BMW 6-Series, the Porsche 911, or even the Chevrolet Corvette. Not only was the shape much more tensely drawn, so was the performance--and it's only grown better over time.

These days, the XK lineup is founded on a new 5.0-liter V-8 built by Jaguar since its divorce from Ford. It's a muscular, almost musclecar-like engine, with 385 horsepower in base tune and a staggering 510 horsepower when it's supercharged. Funneling its power to the rear wheels through a swift, six-speed, paddle-shifted automatic, the XKR can nuke a 60-mph acceleration test in 4.6 seconds or less. Way less, from what we feel and hear. The XK's handling is almost faultless, too, even with big 20-inch rims: it's a masterful balancing act between traction and comfort managed by an electronic suspension system.

The cabin's utterly captivating, save for the already outdated touchscreen that drives the climate, audio and navigation controls. It's just a little too slow and complex, given the great systems coming from Ford and Chrysler. The XK's lavish wood or aluminum trim and its achingly soft leather seats will make up for it, we promise.

For 2011, the improvements to the XK are minor. Jaguar's added five years or 50,000 miles of free service to reassure buyers unsure of its post-Ford quality controls. There's also HD Radio on the options list, and a new XKR175 limited-edition coupe with 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers and a top speed of 174 mph.

It may not have the efficiency of some of the top-scoring vehicles we've road-tested, but the Jaguar XK and XKR overdeliver in so many other ways, it's the sportscar we'd choose for grand touring adventures...and everything faster.

 

Likes:

  • Salacious curves--on the car, we mean
  • Beautifully paneled interior
  • Grand touring ride, sportscar grip and steering
  • That behemoth V-8 up front
  • Quickest paddle-shifted automatic around

Dislikes:

  • Touchscreen is slow to react
  • Huge torque means throttle's a bit jumpy
  • No manual option for purists
  • Ridiculous "back seats"
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