Revised 2008 coupe and cabrio lose the 1980s electric aerial, gain more graceful profile
12 June 2007

What with the furore surrounding Ford’s intention to sell Jaguar, it’s easy to forget that the troubled British firm makes some cracking cars, chief among them being the XK.

And Jaguar’s been at work tweaking its coupe and cabriolet twins to keep them at the top of their game.

The best news is that the new 2008 model-year XK has lost its rather 1980s-retro electric aerial, which has been replaced by a hidden receiver in the bootlid spoiler. What a shame it wasn’t there from the start.

Other tweaks to the XK are focused around the interior, which gets better-quality instrument stalks and door inserts, especially around the switches.

The XKR now gets 20in five-spoke alloys as standard, along with a heated windscreen.

All XKs can also now be ordered with certain options previously available only on the range-topping limited-edition XKR Portfolio. These include a Bowers & Wilkins audio system and upgraded leather upholstery with contrast stitching.

There's no word from Jaguar as to when its new gear selector - caught testing in an XKR - might make production.

Jaguar hasn’t forgotten its baby, either (even if customers seem to have). The X-type has also been given the lightest of makeovers, with a new ‘bright mesh’ grille, standard Bluetooth telephone connection, cruise control, 17in alloys, leather or part-leather seats and auto wipers and headlights across the range.

Our Verdict

Jaguar XK

A smooth, svelte all-rounder of a grand tourer, which can equally cosset and thrill in equal measure when called upon

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