New Signature and Dynamic R models launched; priced from £54,950 and £69,950
Darren Moss
22 January 2014

Two new special editions of the Jaguar XK, designed to offer improved luxury or a higher standard of dynamic performance, have been launched.

Dubbed Signature and Dynamic R, the new models are priced from £54,950 and £69,950 respectively. As part of the 2014 model changes Portfolio specification has been axed, with the range taking a price cut of around £10,000.

The new XK Signature model, which is focussed on luxury, features soft-grain leather trim, a suede headlining, polished metal and wood finishes and a reversing camera as standard.

Both coupé and convertible models are offered, with each featuring the XK's naturally aspirated 380bhp 5.0-litre V8.

The Signature can reach 60mph in 5.2sec in coupé guise (increasing to 5.3sec for the convertible) and has a limited top speed of 155mph.

Dynamic R models are based on the XKR, and are endowed with a supercharged 503bhp 5.0-litre V8. It allows the XK Dynamic R to accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.6sec.

Among the upgrades for Dynamic R variants, which are again offered in coupé and drop-top form, is the suspension set-up from the XKR-S. The ride height has also been dropped a further 10mm, and a 'Speed Pack' has been fitted.

The Speed Pack equips the car with aerodynamic improvements, including a front splitter and larger rear spoiler, and a higher 174mph top speed limiter.

Dynamic R models feature Jaguar's Active Differential Control (ADC), which uses a multiplate clutch to vector torque to the wheel with the best traction.

The firm says the ADC technology, coupled with existing ABS and stability control systems, allows the Dynamic R to have greater traction through corners.

Inside, you'll find sports seats that are upholstered in new leather trim; other tweaks for the Dynamic R comprise an active exhaust system.

Both models feature double wishbone front suspension and utilise a new steering knuckle, which Jaguar says increases the steering feedback and weight.

Each sits on 20-inch alloy wheels and uses Jaguar's six-speed automatic transmission, with steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles.

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22 January 2014
autocar wrote:

The new XK Signature model, which is focussed on luxury, features soft-grain leather trim, a suede headlining, polished metal and wood finishes and a reversing camera as standard

Sounds good. For once a GT/coupe that focuses on luxury and comfort as opposed to outright sportiness with a noisy and overfirm ride, but what's this:

autocar wrote:

Among the upgrades for Dynamic R variants, which are again offered in coupé and drop-top form, is the suspension set-up from the XKR-S. The ride height has also been dropped a further 10mm, and a 'Speed Pack' has been fitted.

So, we're back to outright sportiness with a noisy and overfirm ride again?!!!

22 January 2014
Overdrive wrote:

but what's this:

So, we're back to outright sportiness with a noisy and overfirm ride again?!!!

They're two different cars, the Signature and the Dynamic R. One is soft, one is hard.


22 January 2014
bomb wrote:
Overdrive wrote:

but what's this:

So, we're back to outright sportiness with a noisy and overfirm ride again?!!!

They're two different cars, the Signature and the Dynamic R. One is soft, one is hard.

So they are. Thanks for pointing it out.

22 January 2014
If they'd dropped in the 8 speed 'box the Signature version would have been bargain of the year. Still good value though even though depreciation will be a bit steep.

22 January 2014
These prices look far more reasonable. I guess the F Type has reduced XK sales to almost nil, so this price cut will help. A quick look on line found a broker offering one for £48k. There appear to be very few options now as well, so the basic car is well specced.

22 January 2014
Always thought the XK was a fine looking motor, and for me image 2 shows the perfect example of the breed. I would still choose this above a lot of newer designs - if only ....

Wide cars in a world of narrow.

22 January 2014
The XK still looks stunning and desirable, time has not diminished the look of this car, a bit like Aston's equally gorgeous DB9. The XK is a testament to Jaguar's designers that an 8 year old design can still look this good and fresh. The Mercedes SL and BMW 6 Series in comparison are already looking mundane, dull and less than sparkling, even after only 2-3 years. Line up these 2 cars against the XK and its no contest. The XK is already a classic in its own lifetime.

22 January 2014
OK, so when a vendor starts doing this, you know the end is in sight for the model. No better time to buy an XK... unless you worry about resale values or are waiting for its replacement.

I'll sit this one out. I give Jaguar til Oct 4, 2014 when I reckon they'll announce the XK replacement (Mondial de l’Automobile 2014, Paris).

22 January 2014
The fact JLR can reduce their prices by £10,000 and still make a profit shows the contempt they have for their customers.

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