2010 Jaguar XKR Coupe

With the XKR, Jaguar has taken what was already a pretty impressive car and turned it up a notch both in luxury and performance. It's noticeable almost from the moment you sit down in the car as you reach for the seat adjustment controls and find that they are no longer hard plastic but are now finished in an attractive brushed metallic. Fine, french-stitched leather and the pop-up gear selector dial also add to the feeling of opulence. Unfortunately, the familiar Jaguar touch-screen interface, which is actually fairly intuitive to use, still has a slow reaction time and sometimes necessitates navigating to several submenus to perform certain operations. Of course, the XKR is really about the engine. The previous model didn't exactly seem underpowered at 420 hp, but it now has 510 horses raring to go at the merest touch of the accelerator pedal. Power delivery is almost instantaneous and is delivered smoothly through the six-speed automatic. And, it still manages to get 22 mpg on the freeway.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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