Showing an economy of design that's uncommon in today's luxury segment, the clean arcs and functional vents that delimit the XK's aluminum curves are at once current and timeless. At the rear quarters, a muscularity pervades, flowing smoothly into the elongated profile, which itself resonates with classic Coventry themes.
At the nose, the headlights are teardrop-shaped, with a flat section just below to break up the otherwise continuous flow, drawing attention to the front end. Design elements that presaged the arrival of the 2014 F-Type include larger air intake vents, a more prominent and deep-set grille, and, in XKR-S models, a low chin spoiler and vertical fender scoops. The limited-edition XKR-S GT gets even more dramatic styling, most of it functional aerodynamic work that produces measurable downforce at speed.
The cabin of the XK gets minor updates for 2014, but mostly carries forward unchanged since its 2007 debut. Simple shapes, relatively few buttons, and straightforward organization are hallmarks that every brand should aspire to. Wood or metallic trim elements, sumptuous leathers, and knurled knobs make the controls and touch surfaces as tactile as they are beautiful.
A well-integrated but prominent large LCD touch screen sits front and center, offering controls over navigation, climate, and audio functions. The JaguarDrive gear selector sits neatly in the center console, while white-lit gauges have an horological quality.