TTAC Salutes: The Jaguar XK

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
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After nearly a decade of production, Jaguar will finally put down the XK, as budgetary resources and the introduction of the F-Type Coupe make the big cat redundant.

Although sales of the XK are up slightly, the big coupe and convertible have been on a general downward trend over the years. According to Automotive News, Jaguar wants to focus their resources on the new XE compact luxury sedan, as well as other projects – most likely the long rumored crossover.

Jaguar was adamant that the F-Type is not replacing the XK, which leaves room for a possible replacement down the road. The XK is a larger, more comfortable grand tourer, while the F-Type is positioned as a sports car. But don’t expect to see a new XK for a long time.

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  • Davekaybsc Davekaybsc on Jun 20, 2014

    I imagine it would just be too difficult to come up with something that can properly challenge the new SL, which doesn't bother with stupid, useless rear seats and doesn't ask you to make the choice between coupe and convertible. The XK has always been better looking, but the SL has always been the better car.

    • Salhany Salhany on Jun 20, 2014

      For a pure toy like this, I'd take the better looking vehicle every single time. The XK is pure sex.

  • Tjh8402 Tjh8402 on Jun 20, 2014

    I never could warm up to the look of these, despite the love and adulation they received in the media. They had the misfortune of replacing a car that, as others above have said, will likely be remembered as an absolutely timeless classic and beauty. That being said, the (I hope completely accidental) family resemblance to the Ford Taurus did not help the car's case. Ian Callum did some amazing things at Aston Martin, but this was not his greatest achievement. That being said, the Le Mans GT cars weren't bad looking and sounded incredible. It's a shame they weren't more successful. Here's to hoping Jag gives the F type consideration for that role.

  • Akatsuki Akatsuki on Jun 20, 2014

    Maybe it is just me, but the new F-type is just a 350Z/S2000 mix. I don't get what people think is sexy about it at all. The XK just never got the proportions right, partially because of the golf bag boot, but it just never quite came together either. I have nothing against the new look of Jaguar, but they just aren't making it work on the coupe side.

    • Sam Hell Jr Sam Hell Jr on Jun 20, 2014

      At the Detroit auto show, passersby -- especially women -- literally would stop in their tracks, gawk at the F types, and stumble over like zombies to a fresh corpse. Mind you, these were just two shiny expensive cars on a floor full of them. No pedestals, no lights, no promo girls sewn into their blouses. The appeal is almost primal. I didn't see that kind of attention being drawn by anything else at the show without barkers and special effects. Ordinarily I allow for differences in opinion on asthetic matters. But sweet Jesus, man, the F Type is just stupid good looking.

  • VenomV12 VenomV12 on Jun 23, 2014

    When I looked at both this and the F-Type side by side, I honestly found this to be the better car. They are both great cars, I am not sure it was necessary to kill this car, maybe just update it a little.

    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jun 23, 2014

      I saw an F-Coupe in black the other day (though no tints) and it was mmmm.