While sitting inside the Jaguar XK is a calm and serene experience, you cannot deny the big grin that slowly creeps up as you floor the pedal and all 385 horses, with 515 Newton meters of torque, push the car from 0 to 100kmph in just 5.5 seconds.
The engine sound is very efficiently ported through the cabin inside, where you cannot hear the wild cry from the exhausts that will make a real Jaguar jump away in fear, but you can most definitely hear and feel the low grunt and subsequent roar of the 5.0 liter V8. At that point it’s just pure muscle, and you’ll easily forget you’re inside a Grand tourer. With the ’Dynamic Mode’ turned on, the VSC traction control turned off and the gear in Sports mode, the Jaguar XK turns from a lady on the streets to a freak in the sheets. A racing track doesn’t quite finish off the rhyme, but you know what I mean. Rubber burning fun can be had in seconds.
At some point, though, the 1.7 ton weight of the XK catches up and you realize that despite all the power the car doesn’t exactly hop around with excitement. That said, it’s not as if such huge luxury sports cars were ever meant for precision racing anyways; the highways is where the XK lives and that’s where it looks and feels good any time of the day, or night.
In this region the Jaguar XK hardly has any competitor in terms of price, maybe the BMW 6 series or the Cadillac CTS Coupe, but none of them look nearly as drop dead gorgeous as the XK. The engine is another factor, which is undoubtedly as potent in those German and American grand tourers as it is in the British one, but none of them have as prominent a history as the Jaguar coupes.