The Jaguar XK excels as the gentleman's sports car. Brilliant British 5.0-liter V8, aluminum monocoque chassis, active suspension, big brakes. Sensational and sensuous classic styling. Rocket ship acceleration from the 510-horsepower XKR. Luxury interior. We aren't fans of the JaguarDrive control with its round shifter knob, and the LCD touch-screen is hard to read in bright light and hard to understand in good light. Overall, however, Jaguar engineers have outdone themselves, and the mechanical/electronic improvements in the powertrain make this an enjoyable car.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Sam Moses filed this report after his test drives of the Jaguar XK and XKR in Oregon's Columbia River Valley.