Used 2007 Jaguar XK Coupe Used 2007
Jaguar XK Coupe

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KBB Editor's Overview

By KBB.com Editorial Staff

Sleek, sporty cars pay dividends to an automaker's lineup in ways that go beyond the bottom line. Cars that turn heads on the street build brand recognition and boost showroom traffic. Even high-end companies understand the need for halo cars. For Jaguar, that role is filled by the XK series. The latest-generation XK went on sale in April 2006, and Jaguar returns to up the ante with the addition of the supercharged XKR Coupe and Convertible, available in January 2007.

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You'll Like This Car If...

Athletic, assured and graceful, the XKR is equally at home on a cross-country ramble or at a downtown premiere. When it comes to combining performance and presence in one package, the sleek coupe has few rivals.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The XKR is a refined exotic car and turns heads wherever it goes. If you're uncomfortable attracting attention to yourself, you may prefer something with a more sedate shape.

What's New for 2007

Higher performing "R" models add another rung to the top of the Jaguar lineup ladder.

Driving It

Driving Impressions

Jaguars used to be marketed under the banner "Grace and Pace," and the description fits as comfortably on the XKR as a favorite tweed sport coat. Despite its heft (3,814 pounds), the XKR is sneaky fast. Armed with a supercharged V8 engine, the big coupe posts a zero to 60 miles-per-hour best of 4.9 seconds, with top speed electronically limited to 155 mph. Underneath the XKR's aluminum body is an aluminum chassis, fitted with a stiffer suspension and bigger brakes than the normally-aspirated XK's. The hardtop body is more rigid, too, with a wind-cheating, fastback shape. The XKR's ride and handling cut a tidy balance of both cushioned and composed. The electronic stability control is calibrated to factor in the supercharged model's increased road handling capabilities. The Jaguar's fluid feel is matched by impressive quiet. Even at speed, the solitude of the interior is interrupted only by the occasional growl of the engine when the driver prods it harder.

The engine's power flow is silky, free of lag and well distributed by the six-speed automatic transmission. Slide the shifter into Sport mode and you can change gears via steering wheel-mounted paddles. The acid test for such "manumatics" is the amount of time between call and response for gear changes. The XKR responds to paddle shifter input fast enough to hold the driver's interest.

Favorite Features

Ride/Handling
A distinctive blend of supple handling and comfortable ride seems to be embedded in the DNA of all Jaguars. Nowhere is this "Jaguarness" more evident than in the XKR Coupe. Always eager to iron the kinks out of a twisty road, it also provides cushioned carriage for the occupants, regardless of rough pavement.

Classic GT
Responsive, handsome and comfortable, the XKR Coupe is a Grand Touring car in the classic sense. It's refined, entertaining to drive and swallows great expanses of highway effortlessly.

Vehicle Details

Interior

The XKR's cabin is equal parts sports car and English pub. The driver sinks into a well-padded leather seat, with a dashboard view of handsome wood trim (or a more technical-looking aluminum, for the non-traditionalists).

A touch-screen DVD Navigation system is located at the top of the center stack. Engaging most trip functions is a fairly straight-forward process. The screen also acts as the central access point for several other functions, including some sound system and climate controls. The splitting of control functions strains logic. Setting cabin temperature or adjusting sound system volume is handled by separate buttons below, yet switching vents or radio stations requires the driver to work down through the touch screen.

On paper, the XKR has room for four but, practically speaking, it's a two seater. The back seats are of the +2 variety: Perfect for pets or parcels, less so for people, as there's virtually no legroom. Cargo capacity in the trunk is generous for a sport coupe. Beneath the swing-up hatchback lies 10.6 cubic feet of storage space. That's enough room for a couple of standard-size roll-aboards and some soft bags, or a pair of golf bags.

Exterior

Jaguar stylists have a rich history of design to draw upon, and the XKR bears more than a passing resemblance to the classic E-type Jaguars of the early 60s. Seen in profile, the XKR is low and lithe looking, with flared fenders and tall tires. Styling features unique to the "R" model include an aluminum finish for the front mesh grilles, side power vent and rear deck blade. Other cues include hood vents, quad exhaust, unique front and rear bumper treatments, model-specific alloy wheels and "R" badging.

With its teardrop side glass, sharply slanting roofline and flared fenders, the XKR hardtop is especially striking. The steep slope of the rear window and the wide c-pillar hinder rear visibility somewhat. But it's a minor inconvenience, manageable even in city traffic, and most people will find that the tradeoff in looks is worth the extra effort in seeing.

Notable Standard Equipment

The XKR Coupe is well-appointed. Among the standard features are adaptive, bi-xenon headlamps, DVD touch-screen navigation with Bluetooth wireless telephone technology, heated 10-way power seats, rain-sensing wipers, R-tuned sport suspension with enhanced Computer Activated Technology and reverse park control with ultrasonic sensors in the rear bumper. All of the above is wrapped in an all-aluminum skin for reduced weight.

Notable Optional Equipment

Notable among the stand-alone optional equipment on the XKR are Adaptive Cruise Control and 20-inch Senta alloy wheels. Other extras are bundled in packages. The Premium Sound Package adds an eight-speaker, 525-watt Alpine premium sound system and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The Luxury Package includes a softer cut of leather for the interior and instrument panel trim and 16-way power seats with adjustable bolsters.

Under the Hood

In the world of premium GT cars, nothing exceeds like excess. With 420 horsepower, 413 pound-feet of torque and the capacity to rip off a sub-five second zero-to-60 time, the big coupe meets all expectations. The supercharged V8 is uncommonly smooth and powerful and well matched to the seamless-shifting six-speed automatic transmission.

4.2-liter V8 Supercharged
420 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
413 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25

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Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the XKR Coupe is $86,500. Fair Purchase Price;the prices that consumers are typically paying for these models - run about the same as the MSRP. Click on the Fair Purchase Price link for more information. After two years a 2006 XKR is projected to retain 48 percent of its value, and the 2007 version should perform similarly. The Mercedes-Benz SL550 and BMW 650i are cars commonly cross-shopped with the XKR. The SL550 has a sticker price of $97,275 and a nearly-identical Fair Purchase Price. Offsetting the Mercedes' higher price is the fact that it has a retractable hard top, so it's also a convertible. The BMW's Fair Purchase Price of $75,895 also matches its MSRP, so the typical buyer is paying at or near sticker price for the car. The BMW offers six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, a bigger trunk, more rear legroom and it drives as if carved from a block of steel. Both the Mercedes and the BMW are expected to hold more of their residual value after two years (66 percent for the SL500, 67 percent for the 650i). However, neither car has the woody warmth of the Jaguar cabin or its unique combination of new-age technology and old-world character. Plus, the Jaguar simply turns more heads.

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