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For 2013, the Jaguar XK series sees changes mostly in the form of trim and feature content. New 20-inch wheels replace last year's 19s, while XK Touring trim is offered. The limited production XKR-S returns with 100 coupes and 100 convertibles available for U.S. market.
For 2012, the Jaguar XK series adds a new 550-horsepower XKR-S variant to the top of the roster. Changes to the base XK and sporty XKR include a restyled front end with revised headlights and LED running lights. Similarly, the interior receives a slight refresh, with upgraded materials and a rear backup camera as standard on every trim level.
For 2010, the Jaguar XK receives wide-ranging improvements including brand new engine choices, an adaptive suspension and subtle exterior tweaks. The XK also offers JaguarDrive Selector, previously introduced on the XF Sedan, a rotary transmission shift knob that rises from the center console on startup.
Ultimate Black Metallic paint, Front Park Control and power-folding side mirrors are now standard equipment, as are the previously-optional 525-watt Premium Surround Sound System, SIRIUS, USB and iPod connectivity and air-quality-sensing auto-recirculation climate control. New Satin American Walnut veneers are available, Alcon brakes now cost extra on re-trimmed Portfolio editions and a Dynamic Handling Package (suspension, brake and wheel upgrades) is now optional.
The art of combining elegance with a performance pedigree is a talent that still eludes many auto manufacturers. At Jaguar, however, they have perfected the formula. It isn't often that a luxury performance car can be both gorgeous and menacing, but that's exactly what the 2014 Jaguar XK, XKR, XKR-S – and the limited edition XKR-S GT – are. Beyond its good looks in both coupe and convertible form, the XK impresses with a range of powerful engines, suspension that is both competent and forgiving, and enough luxury and convenience features to make even the most tech-savvy buyer cry uncle. Yet, for all this goodness, the 2014 Jaguar XK remains relatively attainable, with price on par with such luxury greats as the BMW 640i, Porsche 911 and Cadillac CTS-V.