It’s amazing what a little sunshine will do for your coat.
In this case, the Jaguar XK convertible transforms Jaguar’s new coupe into a free-spirited cruiser that seems to do what people expect from a convertible: be easy to operate with natural looks up or down, and offer a virtually identical driving experience.
Expectations met – we think. Without driving or inspecting, we’re giving Jaguar the benefit of the doubt, based on what they say and what looks to be a stylish convertible, one that will likely help sooth Jaguar’s frazzled bottom line. As with the coupe, the XK Convertible has an all-aluminum body. On the convertible model, that translates into a 50 percent improvement in stiffness over the previous XK convertible, while being a lighter and presumably more nimble car. Jaguar says that the top goes down in 18 seconds, and slides under a lovely aluminum tonneau cover. Coupe and convertible have the same powertrain, a 4.2-liter V8 engine that produces 300 horsepower, and is mated to a sequential shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Prices for the XK coupe start at $75,500; the convertible starts with a price tag of $81,500.
Photos by Ron Perry