2013 Jaguar XK Overview
The 2013 Jaguar XK combines luxurious trappings with sports car performance in any of its three variations.
For 2013, Jaguar has dropped the price on the XK by offering a new Touring trim level in both coupe and convertible body styles. There is also a new Portfolio Package that works in the opposite direction, adding cost but also a treasure trove of premium features like soft-grain leather, heated and cooled front seats, real wood or aluminum trim, and stainless steel pedals.
The XK’s style is more smooth than angular, with a low, wide grille that is distinct from the other Jaguar offerings (the XF and XJ). 19-inch alloy wheels are standard, with larger 20-inch cogs optional. The side mirrors are offer power-folding and automatic dimming, so no more being blinded by approaching cars in side lanes at night. The convertible offers a power-folding soft-top. Both the XKR and XKR-S get more aggressive styling features to differentiate them, such as a mesh grille, larger wheels, a quad exhaust, and in the case of the XKR-S a carbon fiber splitter.
Under the hood, you’ll find a version of Jaguar’s 5.0-liter V-8 in each trim level, just with different tuning. In the base XK, the V-8 does not use forced induction and makes 385-hp while being mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Both the XKR and XKR-S get supercharged versions of this engine, making 510-hp in the XKR and 550-hp (not to mention 502 pounds-feet of torque) in the XKR-S. These high-performance models also both get stiffer suspension tuning for better handling, while the XKR-S is lowered and has an electronic differential for even sharper performance.
Inside, the XK technically seats four passengers in a “2+2” configuration, but for all intents and purposes only seats two people; the backseat is more for show than anything else. Leather upholstery, navigation, and dual-zone automatic climate control are standard. Adaptive cruise-control, a leather appointed dash, and heated steering wheel are optional.
Safety features include side-impact airbags, active front head restraints, daytime running lights, antilock brakes and traction control, electronic stability system, front and rear parking sensors, and an available collision warning system.