Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book
KBB.com 2010 Jaguar XK Series Overview
Recently acquired by India's Tata Motors, Jaguar is embarking on a new era in its illustrious history. But in this time of change, one constant remains: The automaker's commitment to create cars that match expressive styling with impressive performance. Advancing that noble cause well beyond the formidable XK models, the exhilarating XKR Coupe and Convertible boast stronger 510-horsepower supercharged V8s, upgraded brakes and enhanced levels of standard equipment. These 2+2 Hypercats are bred to take on the likes of the BMW M6, Maserati GranTurismo and Porsche 911 Turbo, with some two-seaters, such as the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Chevy Corvette Z06 and ZR1, in their sights.
Those who like a bit of beast mixed in with their beauty will find the 2010 Jaguar XKR's added muscle a perfect complement to the car's stunning good looks. The net result is an exquisitely rendered package that works as well in everyday commuting duties as it does when challenging a twisty back road.
Those who prioritize pure firepower and edgier handling might find the pricier BMW M6 or Porsche 911 Turbo more to their liking. Anyone who expects to have even the occasional need for usable rear seats might want to redirect their automotive lust to a Maserati GranTurismo instead.
For 2010, the Jaguar XKR receives wide-ranging improvements including a new engine and transmission, heated and cooled 16-way adjustable seats and subtle exterior tweaks. The XKR also offers JaguarDrive Selector, previously introduced on the XF Sedan, a rotary transmission shift knob that rises from the center console on startup.
Compared to the Jaguar XK models, the supercharged XKRs excel in rewarding demanding drivers with a car that's considerably more capable but only marginally less comfortable. Tap the starter button and the potent V8 springs to life with the throaty rumble of 510 horses. It's matched with a paddle-shifted six-speed sequential automatic and a new electronically controlled differential that helps get the power to the ground. Rounding out the dynamic mix are driver-selectable stability and traction controls, higher-effort power steering and an adaptive suspension system that maximizes the XKR's handling prowess while also providing an impressively supple ride. Caveats include modestly compromised driver sightlines, particularly in the Convertible with the top up, and a navigation-system display can be difficult to read in bright sun. But those downsides pale when compared to the rewards either of these Jaguars delivers to anyone behind the wheel.
Impeccable Sense of Style
Coupe or Convertible, inside or out, there's something special about the XKR's appearance that transcends mere automotive design and endows each of them with a captivating presence.
Exhilarating Exhaust Note
Almost as exciting as the acceleration generated by the XKR's supercharged engine are the sounds it emits. A firm press of the throttle pedal transforms the V8's exhilarating rumble into a ferocious growl, letting your ears enjoy the driving XKR as much as the rest of your senses.
Inside the 2010 Jaguar XKR blends high-tech elements with dark-mesh aluminum trim, supple hand-stitched leather and multiple "R" logos. Aggressively bolstered sport seats highlight a layout that pairs white-on-black analog main gauges with a logically arrayed center stack that has audio and climate controls topped by a large touch-screen for the navigation system. Although six-footers will be comfortable in front, the XKR's rear seats are best left to briefcases or duffle bags. A liftback eases access to the Coupe's 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Convertible's trunk can stow a maximum of 10.0 cubic feet with the top up, less with it tucked away.
Few cars can match the exotic visual character of the 2010 Jaguar XKR's sleekly contoured aluminum bodywork. Classic long-nose/short-deck proportions impart a sporting flair to both the Coupe and Convertible that hearkens back to Jag's legendary E-Types. The XK lineup has been enhance for 2010 with refreshed front and rear fascias and LED tail lights, while a large chrome grille and new quad exhaust outlets impart the XKR with an added dose of aggression. The XKR comes as a fixed-roof Coupe, or a Convertible with a power-activated soft top that raises and lowers in 20 seconds.
Function and fashion elegantly interface in the stunning XK package. It starts with rich leather and wood or aluminum accents plus a full complement of power assists, including 16-way power front seats. Richening the mix are dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, HD radio, active bi-xenon headlights, DVD-based navigation with seven-inch touch screen, heated and cooled front seats, and a 525-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system. Safety features include powerful anti-lock disc brakes with Emergency Brake Assist, front and front-side airbags and active anti-whiplash front head restraints, plus automatic-deploying rollover hoops on the Convertible.
Thanks to an extensive standard equipment list, options for the Jaguar XKR are limited to alternative 19-inch or 20-inch wheels, and either dark-mesh aluminum or (at no charge) the choice of Burl Walnut, Rich Oak or Dark Oak veneers.
The 2010 Jaguar XKR features a new 5.0-liter all-aluminum V8 that uses direct injection, variable camshaft timing and an Eaton supercharger to produce a healthy 510 horsepower. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a new six-speed ZF automatic transmission made to handle the extra power of the new engine. The transmission also includes a Sport mode that delivers quick upshifts and downshifts through a pair of levers mounted on the steering wheel, and incorporates a throttle-blipping feature to smooth transitions on the downshifts. Thanks to a bump in power for the 2010 model year, both the XK Coupe and Convertible are capable of zero to sixty sprints in less than five seconds.
5.0-liter V8 Supercharged
510 horsepower @ 6000-6500 rpm
461 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500-5500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the 2010 Jaguar XKR Coupe starts around $96,000, while the XKR Convertible opens at about $102,000. Those figures put the XKR's base prices several thousand dollars below its BMW M6, Porsche 911 Turbo and Maserati GranTurismo counterparts. To compare the actual transaction prices for the Jaguar XKR, be sure to check the New Car Blue Book Value. Jaguar residual values have been significantly below those of BMW and Porsche. However, it's also true that many people who favor Jaguar's style and spirit might be inclined to prioritize the gratification of driving one of these Top Cats in the near future over worrying about the steeper depreciation it may suffer at trade-in time.