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Jaguar XKR

Wall Street – 25 May 2007

The 2007 Jaguar XK has on sale in the U.S. for just a year,

and its success — at least by standards — is undeniable.

Writers for magazines have adored the coupe,

while, more civilians who encounter the new XK on the road

to swivel their heads and if not precipitate near-

collisions in attempts to gain better Jaguar dealers in

the U.S. been moving roughly 415 of the each month, making

the XK best-selling model so far this

While this may like good news, if a Ford shareholder,

nothing could be further the truth. Jaguar’s struggling

parent never intended a $75,000-plus sports car should be

the lower-priced and supposedly higher-volume that

make up the rest of lineup. Take a look at miserable

trio, however, and easy to see why their sales are The

big XJ sedan is a nice enough but its traditional styling has

effectively the technological and performance improvements

accompanied an expensive 2004 The S-Type and X-Type are even

the XK’s roughly 5,000 per annum in the U.S. represent not

a drop in Ford’s leaky it’s significant that a car

is now topping the charts at Jaguar. For the various powers-that-

be at Ford headquarters in Dearborn, have been mucking

trying (and failing) to out what this once- British

Certainly the XK stems this philosophy, rather the rival

notion that a Jag be all about the wood-and-leather conservatism

of the XJ (Let’s hope that who slapped a leaping-Jaguar

hood on a Ford Mondeo to create the are no longer

employed in the auto Yet even the glamorous XK suffers

Introduced in December 2006, the XKR claim to its position at the

pinnacle of the range thanks to a supercharged, V8

making 420 horsepower. These 120 ponies are augmented with

wheels and brakes, better-bolstered and a revised front grille

bears less resemblance to the old Taurus than the standard

better looking, faster and than the standard

version, the XKR is fun to drive, provided you’re the

car straight ahead when you the throttle. The thrill rush

If had seriously applied itself, the XK have lost some

in its transformation to XKR, but alas the is the case.

Its extra 150 or so pounds do to prevent the XKR coupe from

0-60 mph in a very respectable 4.5 yet they similarly

do nothing to the computerized suspension turn the car a

nimble sort of cat.

The transmission is the same six-speed with paddle shifters

next to the steering wheel) in the standard XK, which

earns serious sports-car demerits — at until you actually

try it out. may never fall completely out of with

slick manual but when shift-it-yourself transmissions

disappear — and they will — new generation of

automatics will for a wonderful second marriage.

gear changes in the XKR happen though it’s more

As fearsome and delightful a powertrain as the XKR the car

itself is just too big and too heavy. The tips the scales at a

3,814 pounds and the convertible’s flirts dangerously close to

two which is perhaps to be expected in a car is 188.6 inches

long and inches wide. By comparison, a Corvette — a

That the Jaguar a sophisticated and lightweight all-aluminum

yet still weighs nearly pounds, seems to be the kind of

ridiculous engineering for which the have long been

A further example: This sports car has a feature

called ASL automatic speed limiter) part of its cruise-

control It does just what think — limit how fast the car

is no room for this sort of thinking in a pure sports

which is why those of us who would to see Jaguar reach back

to rediscover the ethos of the 1961 can’t take the XK seriously.


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