The pace of the XK8, with its 300bhp 4.2-litre V8 and six-speed automatic gearbox, is more than enough for most. With a supercharger boosting the same engine’s power to 400bhp, the XKR is fiendishly fast and quicker off the mark than some Porsche 911s.
Jaguar XK Sports ride & handling
The XK8 is more a supremely civilised and smooth grand tourer than a sports car; its steering is not as communicative as a Porsche’s. The XKR’s suspension is computer-controlled and has a firmer set-up for even sharper handling. With the hood down there is some shake and wobble through the body, though.
Jaguar XK Sports refinement
Despite its massive punch, the XKR provides flowing, effortless progress. All XKs pamper and cosset their occupants, the controls operating with silky smoothness. Wind and road noise is suppressed with the hood up and the meaty roar of the V8 is engine noise worth hearing. There is some buffeting with the hood down, however.