Speed junkies can still opt for the 510-horsepower, supercharged XKR, but I really think the basic XK coupe is a better grand touring car than the forced-induction feline.
It certainly isn't lacking power. The direct-injection 5.0-liter V-8, which arrived for the 2010 model year, serves up a delightful 385 horsepower at 6500 rpm, and is all too happy to quickly rev away and deliver it at your right foot's beckoning call. The six-speed automatic is quick to keep that engine in the power band, but I'm more impressed with the work performed by the chassis engineers, who've dialed in an amazing blend of comfort, communicative steering while curtailing most body roll.
There are plenty of ways to blow $82,000 on a sports car, but few other offerings are able to straddle the line between lunacy and luxury as well as the XK. If you're looking for one car to blast you down back roads yet coddle you during daily driving, the Jaguar is certainly worth considering.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer