When it comes to choosing a model of the Jaguar XK-Series, you really can’t go wrong when it comes to performance, with either the 2012 Jaguar XK, the XKR, or the XKR-S. However, starting at $84,500 and going up with the model and specific upgrades, the XK-Series is not for those who are especially concerned with finances.
In the base model, the Jaguar XK, the manufacturer included a powerful 5.0-liter, AJ-V8 GEN III engine, with 385 powerful ponies under the hood. This also comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission, equipped with Jaguar Sequential Shift, making for the smoothest ride possible. The XK is also equipped with Dynamic Stability Control, which automatically detects which wheel(s) are sliding the most and adjust brakes and power accordingly. At 24 highway MPG and 16 in-town, it’s not too bad when it comes to fuel, especially when you consider it’s a V8.
The XKR comes standard with a 5.0-liter AJ-V8 GEN III Supercharged engine, with an impressive 510 horsepower. Coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission with Jaguar Sequential Shift, the XKR is a slightly better, more powerful ride, but just as smooth and luxurious, while obtaining 22 highway MPG and 15 city. This too, is equipped with DSC as well as Adaptive Dynamics.
The XKR-S is by far the car most suited to a driver concerned with sheer agility and power, while retaining a sleek and sexy elegance. The 5.0-liter, Supercharged AJ-V8 GEN II R engine has 550 rip-roaring ponies under the hood and allows the XKR-S to reach a terminal velocity of 186 MPH. That competes with Corvette and some Ferraris. This engine allows the car to get 22 MPG on the highway, and just 13 in-town, so you’ll want to make sure that this is your long-distance car. The zero-to-sixty time of 4.2 seconds will literally leave the competition in the dust – not that you should be drag racing in your new XKR-S. This model is also equipped with Dynamic Stability Control as well as Active Differential Control, which reduced the “jitters” felt in the steering wheel at high speeds. It also reduces the sensitivity to turning at high velocities. This, paired with DSC, make the XKR-S a car that’s even suited to the racetrack. Just try not to mind the $132,000 price tag.
Both the XK and XKR have 7 different interior design options to choose from, including but not limited to satin elm, piano black, rich oak and burl walnut. Leather seats are standard as well, adding to the luxury we have all come to expect when considering a car made by Jaguar.
In the XKR-S, the manufacturer has included all the bells-and-whistles. First of all, the front seats offer 16-way power adjustable settings, and of course, they’re heated. The side bolsters of the front seats are also sculpted at an angle which prevents sliding during hard cornering and turning. The convertible hard roof will be perfect for those summer days, driving up the coast.
Overall, the reviewers had great things to say about the XK-Series. What they seemed to like was the strong, responsive and reliable V8 engines standard on all models. They also loved the overall luxury of both the exterior and interior, and the comfort of ride. What they didn’t seem to be fond of was the room in the backseat – or lack thereof. In general, the test-drivers also didn’t like the hard-to-use touchscreen and some said the cabin was too small. So go decide for yourself. Is a 2012 Jaguar XK-Series right for you?