2011 Jaguar XK Series

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2012 Jaguar XKR — Flash drive

This 2012 review is representative of model years 2007 to 2015.
By Staff of MSN Autos

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The Jaguar XKR is gorgeous. I parked it at the local casual exotic car show held every Saturday morning near where I live (living near Microsoft has its advantages) and the Jag coupe garnered more looks than two Aston Martin coupes parked nearby, and also more than an XKR convertible. In coupe form the XKR just looks so very, very right. I love it! Happily that rightness extends to the interior, which is not filled with affectations but is simply and elegantly functional. Except perhaps that the rear seats are a little superfluous; it is easy to adjust the front seats until you accidentally eliminate rear legroom entirely. Which is a pity, because with 510 horsepower and fun yet mature handling it seems fitting that you should be able to share the dynamic brilliance of the XKR with more than just one passenger. It's their loss. All told I can't think of a better grand touring car than the Jaguar XKR. –Paul Hagger

A Jaguar painted in a color called Italian Racing Red just seems wrong, but it certainly looks good. While the XKR is no longer the top-level Jaguar convertible - that honor goes to the XKR-S - the XKR is no slouch. The interior is exactly what you'd expect from a $100,000 Jaguar with beautiful leather stitching, Alcantara headliner and high-end materials all around. Although I have to say I was surprised that there didn't seem to be any voice recognition available; I was able to use my phone hands free, but I had to dial the phone on the center console keypad. Of course, the main reason to upgrade to the XKR is the supercharged V8 engine under the hood. Putting out more than 500 horsepower, the XKR is very quick; the claimed 4.6 seconds to 60 mph is quite believable. The claimed 22 mpg highway is perhaps a little less believable. I averaged around 13 mpg during my all-too-short time with the Jag. Finally, the XKR is not as stiff as a typical sports car, making it much more enjoyable as a daily driver. I could certainly get used to it. –Perry Stern


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