The Jaguar XK car has an illustrious history in which its earliest predecessor, the XKE or E-type Jag, evokes images of long-legged damsels in distress, spies on the run and cocktail martinis. Since its debut in 1961, the Jaguar XK has come to be regarded as one of the most attractive and sleek cars ever to have been manufactured, with successors such as the XJS and XJ8 maintaining its popularity through a combination of luxurious interiors and classic designs.
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The base XK is powered by the XK 5.0 AJ-V8 Gen III engine, which balances lightweight components with advanced fuel-injection technology to produce a high-performance, refined and efficient Jaguar coupe. Producing 283kW of power and able to accelerate from zero to 100kph in just 5.5 seconds, the XK 5.0 engine provides instant acceleration in a straight-line sprint as well as satisfying power across a wide range of revs.
The base XK coupe breaks free from tradition by offering a knurled aluminium interior, along with the traditional burr walnut veneer. Warm charcoal, caramel and ivory leather upholstery sets an ambience of luxury for passengers, while the front seats are adjustable and every seat has access to climate control. A sophisticated six-speaker sound system with in-dash six-CD changer, front and rear parking aid, satellite navigation with signpost flagging, map displays and congestion alerts as well as a colour touch screen provide entertainment and technological support to drivers.
The Portfolio is equipped with the new lightweight 5.0-litre V8 engine, which delivers an impressive 283kW of power. Owing to continuous variable valve timing, this AJ-V8 Gen III engine is able to deliver torque over a wide range of engine speeds, meaning that when accelerating and driving at high speeds its power is instantly available. When driven in a straight line, the XK V8 Portfolio can reach 100 kilometres per hour in just 5.5 seconds, while on the highway this vehicle cruises smoothly at a heart-racing 250 kilometres per hour.
The XK cabriolet in the Portfolio edition is fitted with driving technologies such as Adaptive Dynamics, which varies suspension damping to suit driving conditions, improving body control without compromising on ride quality; and Dynamic Stability Control, which automatically detects emergency driving situations and applies braking to individuals wheels, thereby balancing torque in the tyres.
The XK cabriolet or convertible in the Portfolio trim has a folding roof that is triple layered to insulate passengers against road noise. Folding in just 18 seconds and stowed easily beneath a racy aluminium tonneau cover, the convertible roof on this Jaguar cabriolet works for all seasons. Equipped with 19-inch Caravela alloy rims, which highlight the standard self-levelling bi-Xenon headlamps that sweep back in feline style, the Portfolio has a commanding presence on the road.
The Premium XKR is sold in South Africa with the R Performance Interior Pack as a standard feature, and includes an R-branded dashboard and dials, embossed head restraints and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Available in a choice of six interior colours, the Jaguar XKR car’s soft grain leather seats are fully adjustable and are designed with twin-needle contrast stitching. Its premium Bowers and Wilkins 525-kilowatt surround sound system has eight speakers, and a six-CD changer with MP3 compatibility, providing custom interior ambience. A choice of four veneers – wood or aluminium – and seven convertible hood colours - provides XKR buyers with the opportunity to make this convertible or coupe their own.
The Jaguar XKR is equipped with a 5.0-litre AJ-V8 Gen III R engine that is one of the most powerful and fuel efficient engines produced by Jaguar. Delivering a breathtaking 380kW of power and able to accelerate from stationary to 100kph in just 4.8 seconds, the XKR rivals some of the most-celebrated European sports cars. The supercharger on the XK V8 engine results in power that is accessible across the rev range, meaning that the XKR is responsive on the road. A brand new six-speed automatic transmission, with Sequential Shift and JaguarDrive Selector, adapts to driving conditions and provides smooth gear shifting when cruising at high speed, as well as when turning tight corners.
Available in three trim levels, the Jaguar XK provides buyers with a choice of engines, technologies and body styles. The 5.0 V8 Gen III Jaguar XK engines both in the entry level and supercharged variety deliver power that is explosive and fuel efficient as a result of independent variable cam timing and lightweight components.
The new Jaguar XK interior is equipped with latest technologies such as a colour touch screen, Bluetooth connectivity and satellite navigation, and yet it retains the leather and wood touches that have made it famous for close to half a century.
For a sports coupe or convertible that is the epitome of elegance, the Jaguar XK goes that extra step further and offers buyers a level of individual choice. To find affordable pre-owned XK coupes and convertibles, view CMH Jaguar’s used Jaguar XK listings.