With its long nose and shapely, swept-back body, the XK is still a stunning design after several years with only minor updates. It looks even better after the "R" beauticians primp and bejewel the coupe by pumping up the wheel size, carving intakes in the hood and front bumper, and apply a significant but tasteful helping of chrome. It may be a stunner, but the best place to experience this car is from the inside, preferably from the driver's seat where the 510-hp, supercharged V-8 moves the XKR with authority. And the 461 lb-ft of torque is available early so this Jag leaps from stoplights, although because the throttle is not easy to modulate at low speeds, it often does so even when you're trying to go easy.
The interior is basically a cozier version of what you'll find in the XFR, except the rear seats in the XKR are made exclusively for young children. Rear-seat legroom is nearly nonexistent even with the front seat adjusted for my 5'4" frame. Especially in this R model of the XK, Jaguar should consider offering an optional shelf in place of the rear seats. Since many people probably won't use the rear buckets as seats, a flat surface behind the front seats would give owners additional useful storage space.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor