Read the complete Jaguar XK-R Convertible Review at AutoGuide.comFlash and brash in a sexy silhouette
by Mike Schlee
With 510 hp spewing from a supercharged 5.0-liter V8, the XK-R makes some of the most glorious sounds this side of a FIA GT2 racecar. But more than that, the XK-R is also gorgeous and refined; on the outside at least.
1. A 5.0L supercharged V8 pumps out 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque.
2. Six-speed automatic is the only available transmission.
3. Jaguar claims the rear-wheel drive convertible will hit 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds.
4. Pricing begins at $104,395 with our test vehicle coming in at $108,350.
Nine years is a long time in the automotive world. Within that time span, some mainstream models will have undergone two complete model refreshes. But, when playing in the six-figure price range, vehicles can afford to stick around a little longer between redesigns. With low sales volumes, it doesn’t make sense to constantly reinvent these high priced vehicles, especially if nothing is really wrong in the first place.
The Jaguar XK fits this description. First introduced in 2006, the current XK didn’t look dramatically different from the previous generation XK, which dated back to 1997. In fact, an argument can be made that some styling cues and the vehicle’s general proportions, harken back to the 1975 XJS. Call it lazy designing or a timeless look, but the XK has a recognizable shape with serious presence.