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Maybe Jag is rationalising that Prosche's been doing multiple 911 variants and making money out of them, so why not do the same with the XK.
This might sound a little unfair, but the XKR-S looks, if not exactly like Granny in a miniskirt, maybe the automative equivalent of Grandpa in cutting edge trainers. The standard model looks stylish, luxurious and dignified - ideally suited to the mature person who wants a comfortable, slightly sporty coupe to waft around in. Not the sort of motor for young blokes, who will look like they're driving around in Dad's car. If you wanted a hard edged, serious sports car, Porsche, Lotus, and countless other makers of smaller, lighter cars would make a more suitable starting point than this heavyweight "gentleman's" coupe. Even the colour of the test car looks faintly ridiculous - brilliant, hot hatch blue? I don't think so.
Sorry as much as I love Jaguar, this is wrong, if it needs that tacky front spliter and tacky rear spoiler to make it work up to 186mph, it shows in reality what a poor design the original must have been, you would never see AMG of BMW M shopping in Halfords, so why are Jaguar, a nice active rear spoiler would have been so much better and more in keeping with the price tag - lots of pace but no grace.
Citytiger, surely the spoiler is no worse than what Porshe offer on some of their 911s? But I agree this is an odd offering by Jag. It'll be interesting to see how well it sells- I doubt I'll ever see one!
The kid in me quite likes it because it does look so different to the standard car, however I get the feeling if I were to drive one of these then I would be somewhat disappointed that the visuals write a cheque the chassis and set up can't deliver.
That said I still can't get kitted Hyundai Coupe out of my head.
It's all about the twisties........
[quote Overdrive]Maybe Jag is rationalising that Prosche's been doing multiple 911 variants and making money out of them, so why not do the same with the XK.[/quote]
Or like the last Boxster special edition waiting for the gullible rich to spend money on something more expensive with very little real world benefit. As James says in his article the standard version is probably the best. I like the idea of a bright colour, but the nose looks dreadful and the tail end looks great.
I suppose that near £100k asking price for an XKR is a bit steep, the body kit is a touch too Halfords and then there is not that much of a power increase, still if they find the buyers then job done.
The Special One
[quote Autocar]Torque: 502bhp at 3500rpm;[/quote] Need to edit this, JC.
Got to agree with this article. I've just returned in XKR from a 2.7k mile round trip - London, Normandy, South of France, Barcelona, Mallorca, Barcelona (Sunday morning!), Andorra, Normandy,London - and simply can't believe that anyone could need more performance of today's roads. We did Cherbourg to St Jean Cap Ferrat in one go - 870 miles at 84 mph and 22.9 mpg in 11 hours. Addictive acceleration away from poll booths - noise like a high revving Nascar racer and the ground moving underneath. From 40-130 this is one of the fastest cars I've ever driven on the road.
Add to that loads of space for luggage, quiet at the cruise - no more exhaust noise for me thanks - fantastic build quality inside and out. I haven't driven an Aston recently but can't really see how they can ask around 2.5 times as much as I paid for my pre-registered 350 on the clock for a DB9.
I would never have thought of buying a Jaguar any time since my wife had a big XJ8 20 odd years ago and bought this XKR on impulse. After trading in my umpteenth Porsche it has been a genuine revelation. One of today's great bargains and the idea of it being short of power has never crossed my mind!
I love where Jaguar's going here. It seems like only five minutes ago we had nothing but soft 50's and 60's influences all over the place and no thrusting young exec would have been seen dead in a Jag. That's changing fast and this shows that 'new-Jag' is a different beast altogether. I much prefer painting out the bit that the front number plate is on though, see the link –
http://www.johnmclaughlindesign.co.uk/jag.jpg – when oh when will autocar upgrade this forum to work better on Mac's and allow you to post images?