You could argue that the Jaguar XK is one of the last of its kind. You still see sports cars and grand tourers, but rare is it that you find one with a big 6- or 8-cylinder motor that (and the occasional 12-cylinder, plus supercharger), rear-wheel-drive and long-nosed styling that is a perfect mix of the legendary Jaguars and Aston Martins of old (the XK’s designer, after all, designed vehicles for both famous British marques). Not to mention that it’s a car brand whose line features not just one of the most famous Jags of all time, but one of the most famous cars of all time: the XKE (or E-Type) from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Further to that is how when Jaguar first really made a splash in the car world, it was with an XK model.
Most XK’s could be had as either a coupe or luxurious roadster, came finished in ultra high-class leather and other materials and were built so that you could feel that everything Jag had learned over years of developing sports cars was poured into the vehicle. That’s not something that can be said for most cars in this segment.
Later in life, meanwhile, the XK became the car you thought of when it came to the world of fast, long-distance motoring but with a splash of driving on tight mountain roads thrown in. It had the big power, but was constructed using materials like aluminum and carbon fibre to stay light and agile. It was to the point where by the time the XKR-S arrived in 2011, it packed a 542-horsepower supercharged punch and a host of performance upgrades like fat Pirelli P-Zero tires that allowed it to sprint from 0-60 mph in just over 4.2 seconds and reach over 180 mph. Those are verging on the kind of figures made by supercars not long before the XKR-S was a thing.
With any XK, you’re getting the kind of car legends are made of, and it’s hard to put a price on that.