Jaguar’s Chief Designer Ian Callum claimed the inspiration for the Jaguar XK’s design was British actress Kate Winslet — and we definitely believe him. This drop-dead gorgeous XKR perfectly balances its existence as both a classy, mature grand tourer and a snarling performance vehicle. The 5.0 Liter V8 from the base XK has been supercharged, yielding 510 HP and 461 lb-ft torque and a glorious exhaust note. Use the rotary gear selector to put the XKR into gear, pin the throttle open, and rifle through six gears using paddle shifters. 60 MPH Appears in 4.5 seconds, the bold will soon find the top speed of 174 MPH.While many cars are rough and violent when pushed, this Jaguar is composed and elegant. Power is poured on smoothely, the larger wheels and rubber keep the car athletically planted, updated race-inspired brakes comfortably bring speeds down when necessary, and the leather steering wheel provides tactile feedback. While the car was designed more as a grand tourer it is perfectly at home when the road becomes serpentine. The XKR is agile and dances light on its feet thanks to an adaptive double-wishbone suspension on all corners.The interior perfectly complements the overall elegance of the car, swathed in a beautiful design of leather and wood accents that recalls old-world luxury in a modern design. Comfortable, supportive seats make long hours of driving fly by, and seat heaters keep you warm when you want the top down on colder nights. A Bowers & Wilkins stereo and intelligent touch-screen interface provide the perfect toppings on the modern British roadster.$102,000 MSRP, 5.0 L Supercharged V8, 510 HP, 461 lb-ft, Top speed of 174 MPH, 0-60 in 4.5 secs, convertible top folds down in 20 secs, adaptive dual-wishbone suspension, 6 speed automatic with paddle shifters, sports mode, rotary gear selector, leather and wood interior, Bowers & Wilkins stereo, touch-screen interface, 19 inch wheels, performance brakes.

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Location: Cary, North Carolina, United States