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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
...quick convertible top operation
Lowering the power-operated top is a cinch...
...cumbersome touch-screen interface
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The XKR's fully powered soft-top roof lowers or raises in roughly 20 seconds
I was surprised to discover that even though this car features Bluetooth connectivity as well as an iPhone jack, it does not feature voice dialing
Some new updates for the 2013 model year keep the Jaguar XK's most exclusive model around for another year, and add equipment to most versions.
There's also a new Touring model, a less expensive entry-level model that brings the base price of the XK under $80,000 before destination. Available as a coupe or as a convertible, it comes standard with the 375-hp V-8, a fabric headliner on coupes or a power folding top on convertibles, and 19-inch wheels, while other XKs start with 20-inch wheels standard. The Touring also receives a premium sound system with satellite radio as standard equipment, along with a rearview camera and parking sensors; steering-wheel audio and phone controls; keyless entry and pushbutton start; power windows, locks, and mirrors; automatic climate control; Bluetooth; a navigation system; and leather upholstery.
The LCD touchscreen that governs the XK's audio, phone, navigation and ancillary systems was one of the first to bow in any sportscar, and it's generally slower to respond than some newer systems. The menu structure can require several "back" commands or as a last resort, a "home" key, and radio presets can be a multi-step affair.
Along with these features, the XKR and XKR-S get their own distinct wood and metallic trim choices, as well as a stunning 525-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system. Sport seats with 16-way power adjustments, memory controls and heating are available on the XKR, and standard on the XKR-S--which returns for 2013 again in limited numbers, with just 100 copies each of the coupe and convertible reserved for U.S. customers, again minus standard satellite radio but with standard HD Radio, which is an option on other models.
On the XK and XKR, a new Portfolio Pack adds a layer of glitz to the sportscar with chrome trim on the mirrors and a chrome mesh grille, with more color options available on the convertible tops on those models. Portfolio seats are heated and cooled, and the steering-wheel is heated; pedals are stainless steel; and dash trim is a choice between walnut and dark-tinted aluminum.
Prices range from $79,875 for the XK Touring to $138,875 for the XKR-S Convertible.
The XK's lush appointments include a wide choice of colors and trims, but the touchscreen interface is feeling its years.