Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jaguar Xkr Convertible 5.0 Supercharged

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jaguar Xkr Convertible 5.0 Supercharged

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Byline: Patrick James

BACK in 2005 the Jaguar XK was a big gamble for the then Ford-owned company when the prototype was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show - but sometimes you have roll the dice.

The XK set a new standard and the all-new XF and revamped XJ followed.

Exterior changes include the leaping Jaguar badge featuring for the first time on an XK, new sleeker headlight units that feature LED running lights and a larger oval mesh grille framed in chrome.

Mounted either side of the grille are a pair of small air scoops feeding air to the brakes.

Horizontal vents on each wing complete with a chrome blade bearing the Jaguar name replace the vertical items, while new taillights using LED technology sit either side of a thinner chrome strip.

The changes, together with the huge 20-inch alloy wheels give the car its powerful look.

The interior has been given a facelift with new trim finishes and, for the first time, the option of sculpted leather sports seats.

It will still cost an arm and a leg but in the its own segment of the market it offers excellent value for money.

In the case of the rip-snorting five-litre supercharged convertible, the 84-odd grand price tag would seem money well spent and the performance is something else.

We British love our convertibles and if you can bear the cold and the rain, the rag top folds away in less than 20 seconds and for the hardy even late autumn can be an open air experience, if you wrap up warm and turn on the electrically heated leather seats. The very look of the car has heads turning. Low slung with signature cats eye headlamps, it has the powerful profile of a crouching cat.

The interior features now familiar kit, from the central rotary gear control that rises when the ignition is switched on, the pulsing red starter button, the blue ambient lighting throughout to the silver rotary control, the Jag oozes quality. …

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