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How much? £72,400
On sale in the UK: Summer 2009
Engine: 5000cc V8 32v, 503bhp @ 6000rpm, 461lb ft @ 2500rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Performance: 4.6sec 0-60mph, 155mph, 23mpg, 292g/km CO2
How heavy / made of? 1753kg/aluminium
How big (length/width/height in mm)? 4794/1892/1322
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CAR's rating

Rated 4 out of 54

Handling

Rated 5 out of 55

Performance

Rated 4 out of 54

Usability

Rated 3 out of 53

Feelgood factor

Rated 5 out of 55

Readers' rating

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Jaguar XKR Coupe (2009) CAR review

By Nick Trott

First Drives

20 February 2009 10:52

Wow. Any grumbles then?

Nothing that overshadows the XKR’s essential brilliance – but in the spirit of a fair and balanced review, here goes…. At 71 litres the fuel tank is too small (we emptied it in just under 200miles of spirited driving), the ‘supercharged’ script on the wheels is a little naff, the rear seats are for hobbits, the silver dash material is odd, the steering isn’t as communicative mid-corner as it could be, … and, er, that’s about it.

Verdict

I’m going to have to bring back the words ‘credit crunch’ to emphasise just how good the revised XKR is. Why? Because the XKR can stand toe-to-toe with the best GTs at any price. Fast, refined, beautiful, high-tech and compared with an M6 or an SL63 (not least a Continental GT or a DB9) etc an absolute bargain. How often do we get to say that about a £72,400 car in these times?

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timsandford

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timsandford says

RE: Jaguar XKR Coupe (2009) CAR review

Drove one recently.

Now I am on record here as saying that flappy paddle boxes are rubbish and in general I still think they are. However this one is brilliant and in this car it works superbly well. On top of that the ride and general driveability of the car make it really good. I will be buying one soon.

 

 

22 July 2010 16:05

 

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"BMW’s M6 (too hysterical) and Mercedes’ SL63 (too detached) don’t even get close to matchingthe XKR’s unique blend of pace, refinement and entertainment"

Now that's FUNNY because judging by the overall score the SL63 AMG seems to be the better car ! Why ? Because it got 5 stars, while the XKR only 4. Am I missing something here ? 

Not to mention the individual ratings seem to be extremely biased and illogical:

Performance Mercedes 5 stars vs Jaguar 4 stars (but the jag weights a quarter of a tone less and it has similar power, so how can it be slower???) ; Usability Mercedes 5 stars vs Jaguar 3 stars (but the jag has 4 seats while the merc only 2, so how can it be less usable??? ); Feelgood factor -here both cars get 5 stars, but the jag you say is far more refined and entertaining to drive, so how come they both got 5 stars ???

Now I understand that these ratings are purely subjective and are not even given by the same authors but to the average reader they can be misleading at least. So if one has to choose between the SL63 and the XKR and takes a quick look at the ratings of each car he will think, like me, that the SL is the better car (it got 5 stars, after all); when in fact, it's the exact opposite ! And I've noticed similar inconsistencies on several other occasions, just I don't remember exactly where. So my advice is to fix them ASAP (or better yet, scrap these stupid, pointless, and illogical ratings altogether), according to what common sense and the actual reviews say !

26 February 2010 01:17

 

moletrap

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moletrap says

RE: Jaguar XKR Coupe (2009) CAR review

My fish have gills, a car shouldn't.

23 February 2009 09:17

 

AnthonySoprano

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AnthonySoprano says

RE: Jaguar XKR Coupe (2009) CAR review

barina47. Mercedes have moved away from superchargers (to my horror, incidentally) and the word is that the E63 of the future will have turbos. BMW have done the same with the MINI. Mechanical drain on the engine is rumored to be the reason, vs a turbo. So the 'charger looks a little 'last year' on the XKR. Jaguar do not have the budget of these corporations; they're doing a valiant job but they will always lag behind. Same goes for Cadillac. On a $100K car, you want the latest tech. I think that's reasonable. Although, right now I have a car with a supercharger and I am slightly wary of what the 'non-Kompressed' future might hold.

22 February 2009 22:29

 

brix

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brix says

RE: Jaguar XKR Coupe (2009) CAR review

Good for you Steffen! I'm really excited about the new XJ as well as the recent new models. It promises to be amazing - here's hoping.

22 February 2009 19:47

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