The redesigned XK8, now simply known as the Jaguar XK Convertible, steps up a gear to compete with impressive competition from Porsche, Mercedes and BMW. A truly fantastic drive, this Jaguar convertible is hard to fault. Maybe not as fast as a Porsche 911 between two points but the XK is more fulfilling from behind the wheel. Sporting when you want it to be but always refined and composed. The Jaguar XK was foremost designed as a convertible and it shows. Handling and chassis stiffness is excellent and visually the car is close to perfect. The rear seats are only a token offering.
The XK is the last in a line of old-school grand touring Jaguar convertibles that began with the XJS. While it has much more modern engineering and trim than its forefathers it shares their relaxed gentleman’s club atmosphere, elegant but understated looks and refined effortless power.
As the Jaguar XK production winds up it is looking very keenly priced next to the newer F-Type.