2013 Jaguar XK Review

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Raising pulses and generating sheer envy: it's all in a day's work for the gorgeous, sublime Jaguar XK.

It's no green machine, unless you opt for a traditionally British paint hue. The 2013 Jaguar XK is simply a dazzling blend of grand tourer and sports car that's grown more authentic over the past few years as it's joined the 500-horsepower club.

Since its 2007 reinvention, when it adopted an aluminum body structure, the change in direction for the XK was clear. The transformation was slowed by Jaguar's separation from Ford, but when that was complete, so was its change, finalized by the adoption of new, big, brash V-8 engines in 2010. And since then, the XK's standing in the luxury-sportscar niche has been cemented. It's no longer a pretty sideshow, content to watch cars like the 911 and Corvette consume all the attention. It's now a knockout alternative with its own Nurburgring Racing Academy--but with a tractable, everyday persona that still pits it against comfortable touring cars like the SL, 6-Series, and GranTurismo.

The XK's one of those rare cars that's only gotten better over time, and the current edition is the high-water mark, from muscular XK to scorching XKR-S. The stock car has a burbling 5.0-liter V-8 under its hood, pushing out 385 horsepower through a six-speed, paddle-shifted automatic to the rear wheels. Supercharge that, and the lofty numbers rise to 510 hp--while 0-60 mph times fall from 5.2 seconds to 4.6 sec. Above that, you're jumping into the slipstream with the rorty XKR-S, tuned to the extreme for 550 horsepower and a 0-60 mph run in under 4.2 seconds, on the way to a 186-mph top speed.

No matter which model, the XK's handling is in brilliant balance. An adjustable suspension gives any XK nearly faultless handling that firms up at the touch of a button, and though the steering changes in the XKR-S give it a little too much lightness, the XK lineup executes a masterful balancing act between traction and comfort, even on big 20-inch wheels.

An utterly captivating cockpit just needs a firmware upgrade for its touchscreen-driven software; it reacts a little slowly as you try to drive the XK's climate, audio and navigation controls. Elsewhere, the Jag's fit and finish could charm anyone, with a choice of wood or metallic trim, natural leather hides and plush, thick carpeting. 

A rearview camera is now standard, though the Jag's safety scores are still absent--who wants to crash one?--and new trim options come on all models. The XKR-S has its own package of frills, while it bundles up almost all the features available on to its standard equipment list, including an excellent Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

Is it really that good? Let's put it this way: seven years into its model run, the Jaguar XK is still one of the highest-rated vehicles at The Car Connection. Who says you don't get ahead by staying the same?

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016
2015 Jaguar XK 2-Door Coupe XKR

Beautiful exterior lines and proportions...interior looks slightly dated. Electronics/navigation stink.

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I traded in a 2015 Audi S7 for a new 2015 Jag XKR. Still wondering if I made the right choice. The Audi is a far superior car. The XKR (in Italian Racing Red)just caught my eye. It rides nice, it's fast and... + More »
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Saturday, May 16, 2015
For 2015 Jaguar XK

Great drivers car

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Love my xk handles great pleanty of power and let's face it we all buy a car like this for the looks and this car is beautiful and you get plenty of looks. The major shortcoming is the electronics. Specificly... + More »
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
2010 Jaguar XK 2-Door Convertible

Dependable and Fun

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Love my ragtop XK. It certainly is more dependable than my previous car-1998 Bentley Azure. Not too common in Toronto. Lots in South Florida. I take down the top as much as I can. Using the wind deflector... + More »
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