Let’s have a look at some very expensive cars which almost none of us will ever have the chance of owning or driving ever in our lives, except for working in some high-profile car review magazine. Heheh. Forget the old and boring Jaguar that you know, this is the Jaguar XK.

The Jaguar XK reminds me alot of an Aston Martin. Am I the only one who thinks so? The 2007 Jaguar XK is a totally newly engineered model over the old 1996 Jaguar XK, and first of a new generation of “beautiful and fast Jaguars”. That’s about 11 years apart. So what’s new?

The new chassis is made from all-aluminium construction and has best-in-class rigidity in the Coupe form. The Convertible is naturallly less rigid for the lack of a solid roof, but is 50% more rigid than the previous Jaguar XK Convertible. The all-aluminium body also makes the new Jaguar XK lighter than the previous edition, weighing in at 1665kg for the coupe and 1705kg for the convertible. The car is a 2+2, so there’s still room for little people in the back, just in case.

The new 2007 Jaguar XK comes with a new Jaguar AJ-series V8 engine which satisfies ULEV II emmission standards. The AJ-V8 engine is a relatively compact 4.2 litre V8 DOHC engine that comes with Variable Valve Timing which can vary intake cam timing up to 48 degrees. The AJ-V8 comes in either a normally aspirated version making 300 horsepower, or a supercharged version making 400 horsepower.

This takes the 2007 Jaguar XK Coupe from 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds. The XK Convertible being slightly heavier goes from 0-100km/h in 6 seconds. I’m not sure if you can feel the 0.1 seconds on paper in real life.

The engine is hooked up to a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission with Jaguar’s Sequential Shift allowing manual gear changes from paddles on the steering wheel.