Having just spent the week on vacation, I arrived at Detroit Metro airport to find the new 2010 Jaguar XKR Coupe waiting for me. How lucky we are. The car looks amazing from all angles and is attractive to a wide range of people. I got two compliments on the car before I even got out of the parking lot. The rear hatch area is surprisingly spacious, easily accommodating three pieces of luggage: one large bag and two carry-on pieces. Once inside the car, you can see the new "JaguarDrive Selector" that was adopted from the XF for 2010. As you would expect from Jaguar, the front seats are very comfortable and offer electric bolster adjustments that can be operated by a button on the interior door panel. Although rear seats exist, they are much too small for an adult to fit comfortably.
The new 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 is an outright animal. What with 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque, it definitely has the ability to plant your torso into the seat. And unlike the 2010 XFR we tested several months ago, the XKR lets out a nice growl from the tailpipes under acceleration that then disappears at highway cruising speeds to cut down on cabin drone.
Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator