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2008 Jaguar XK Coupe

2dr Cpe

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  • $74,835 original MSRP
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2008 Jaguar XK Coupe

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Jaguar XK Coupe

Jaguar premiered this generation of the XK in 2007 with fresh styling and more powerful engines. Jaguar's traditional attention to luxury is present, with lots of leather, standard navigation, and a quiet ride, even in convertible form. The 2008 XKs are handsome vehicles, with styling reminiscent of Aston Martin, but with a base sticker price almost half that of the DB9.

What's new for 2008?

The superb Jaguar XK was redesigned for 2007 and undergoes little change for 2008. Base prices for the coupe and convertible are unchanged, while the up-level XKR versions increase just $200. On the XKRs, a new Portfolio Package is available for $12,000 in either aluminum or walnut themes and include, among other goodies, 20-inch staggered-width wheels and tires with a new high-performance braking system, a 525-watt sound system with Bowers & Wilkins speakers, Sirius satellite radio, soft grain leather seating, and aluminum side vents.

Model Strengths

  • Great performance
  • standard navigation system
  • Jaguar luxury and cachet.

Model Review

Constructed mostly of aluminum, the 2008 Jaguar XK is significantly stiffer than prior generations. The 4.2L V8 engine is refined and powerful, and is mated to a six-speed sequential transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters. Underneath, the eCATS system actively adjusts the suspension to keep the ride smooth yet sporty. Traction control and dynamic stability control are standard, and the roomy interior is even stocked with a standard DVD-based navigation system. The four-model lineup includes the normally-aspirated V8 XK coupe and convertible (with 300 horsepower) and their rakish alter egos, the supercharged XKRs (420 horsepower).

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Jaguar has not had the smoothest road in recent years. As part of Ford, the division has eradicated the reliability issues that plagued the company's products in past years. But other facets of being part of the blue oval have been less rosy. The S-Type, while pretty and traditional looking, did not sell in the volume that was planned, and the X-Type well, that car, based on Ford's compact Mondeo, never really gained traction in the U.S. Profitability has been elusive.

The new XK, introduced in 2007, shows a new, better way. It replaced a ten-year-old model which itself restored some of the smooth style associated with the historic British marque. Available in coupe or convertible form, it is a worthy successor to the iconic XK-E, or E-Type, Jaguar. Just look at that oval grille on the softly rounded front. There's even the hood bulge of the E-Type, connoting sensuousness and power.

The rest of the car, including contemporary lighting and bumpers, reads 21st century, which is a good thing. "Power vents" behind the front wheels are part of the new design scheme of chief designer Ian Callum. Handsome 18-inch "Venus" design wheels support the package.

The XK's interior is refreshingly plush and carefully wrought. The leather seats hold you tight but comfortably. My Emerald Fire test vehicle featured a tasty Caramel interior with genuine Burl Walnut trim. This wood is carefully prepared by Jaguar's craftspeople in the traditional way. The new model is significantly roomier than its predecessor, so driver and passenger can stretch out a bit more.

I especially enjoyed using the intuitive seven-inch central touch screen with its large, colorful control areas. I was surprised to see the seat heater controls on the panel. They had no physical dash buttons, a first in my experience.

The XK offers thrilling performance with its naturally-aspirated 4.2-liter V8. The 300-horsepower all-aluminum engine pushes the 3,700-pound XK from zero to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. Jaguar's engineers have carefully tuned the exhaust system to give the XK the "right" sound sporty but not too noisy.

The V8, with 303 lb.-ft. of torque usable in a wide RPM range, sends power to the rear wheels through a six-speed ZF automatic transmission. You can shift manually using Jaguar Sequential Shift through steering wheel paddles, a first for the XK. Drive-by-wire electronic throttle control adds to the driver's tactile sense of mastery of the car.

The EPA gives the XK ratings of 16 City, 25 Highway. Of course, the real world numbers are lower, I averaged 14.9 mpg. The environmental scores aren't bad. The XK gets a praiseworthy 7 for the Air Pollution score and an average 5 for the Greenhouse Gases score.

Despite its two-person, cozy personality, the XK offers significant cargo hauling capacity. Credit its secret hatchback configuration. The entire "trunklid" and window area lifts up and exposes a finely carpeted space with metal and rubber strips ready for your stuff. You lift the hatch the first 20 percent of the way and gas struts do the rest, making it nearly effortless.

Naturally, a car like this comes with every luxury and comfort you'd want. Beyond the usual power windows, mirrors, seats, and so on, a satellite navigation system is standard. There's a no-touch smart key and start system, reverse park control (it beeps out a warning), and a tiny electric emergency brake you flick with your finger.

If you want more, Jaguar proudly offers the turbocharged XKR, with 420 horsepower. Turbo boost cuts the zero-to 60 time to just 4.9 seconds. A new Portfolio Coupe model debuts for 2008 with even more goodies, such as 20-inch Cremona wheels, high-performance brakes, a 525-watt audio system, and leather-edged floor mats. At nearly $100,000, the Portfolio Coupe is one very special Jaguar indeed.

For the XK Coupe like my tester, the sticker price is $75,550, including shipping. Plan to pay a $6,000 premium for the cloth drop-top model. My tester came with the $3,300 Luxury Package, which includes 16-way power seats with memory (instead of the standard 10-way), upgraded soft leather (nice), a heated steering wheel (don't laugh), leather shift knob (isn't this standard?), power folding mirrors (they fold automatically when you turn off the car), and an upgrade to stunning 19-inch wheels.

If you have the cash, the new Jaguar XK gives you a rare combination of luxury and performance in a stand-out package.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Active Suspension System Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Std
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Jaguar Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Terms include 6 year/ 100,000 mile limited warranty.  
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 yrs or less from inservice date/less than 60K mi
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 150
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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