2008 Jaguar XK vs. Its Competition

2008 Jaguar XK XKR
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The three German sportscars in the XK's class each have distinct appeal.

The Mercedes-Benz SL roadsters sport a folding hardtop and available AMG versions with more than 600 hp, while the BMW 6-Series has a fabric convertible top and a 500-hp M6 edition.

The Porsche 911 comes in Targa and Cabriolet versions, as well as Turbo form.

The Cadillac XLR has a supercharged option like the Jaguar, but its folding hardtop and angular body have a different appeal.

2008 Jaguar XK XKR2008 Jaguar XK
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2009 Mercedes Benz SL Class V82009 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
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2008 BMW 6-Series 2-door Coupe M6 Angular Rear Exterior View2008 BMW 6-Series
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2008 Porsche 911 Carrera 2-door Targa 4 Open Doors2008 Porsche 911
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Jaguar XK is the brand's best mainstream car ever, with performance equal to its German competitors and looks to beat them all.
The eye-catching 2009 Cadillac XLR starts with the sharp-edged Corvette and makes some compromises for the sake of grand-touring luxury.
The SL’s new look isn’t to everyone’s liking, but in AMG guise, it’s now more punch than paunch—and a worthy stealth Ferrari-chaser.
The 2008 BMW 6-Series is overwrought and overstocked with technology that distracts even from the M6’s heroic performance.
The 2008 Porsche 911 has few peers in performance or in endurance.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas Flat 6-cyl
EPA Class    
Mini-CompactTwo-seater2 SeaterSubcompactMini-Compact
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe2-Door Convertible Platinum2-Door Roadster 5.5L V82-Door Coupe 650i2-Door Coupe Carrera
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
2-Door Coupe2 Door Conv2 Door Convertible2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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