The Jaguar XK is a lineup of grand tourer cars that has been in existence since 1996. First revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in the same year, the XK series is still in production today. The XK8, a first-generation member of the lineup, is the first 8-cylinder car manufactured by British automobile manufacturer, sporting the newly developed AJ-V8 engine from Jaguar. The second-generation XK was unveiled in 2006, with two-door convertible and two-door coupé models with an aluminum monocoque body being offered.
The new XK was designed by Ian Callum and was first viewed by the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2005. According to Callum, the new Jaguar XK took inspiration from his admiration of the curves that Kate Winslet, a British actress, had. Alongside luscious curves, the new XK also comes with a 174-mph unlimited top speed while the standard only has an unlimited top speed rated at 158mph. A faster model was introduced in 2012 called the XKR-S. With the XKR-S, an extra 40 horsepower boost was added to the XKR, bringing its “0 to 60mph” time down to just 4.4 seconds. As for top speed, it has jumped to an incredible 186mph. A convertible XKR-S is also available.