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Video review – Jaguar XK 4.2 V8 (2006)

I first drove this generation (2006 – 2014) of the Jaguar XK while I still had my Audi A5 … and I thought it a particularly nice car to cruise along in or when I felt inclined to open the taps a bit.

Behind the scenes shot, getting the camera set up

The driving position, roadholding, looks and V8 noise from the twin exhaust really stayed with me – so much so that it was the memory of that test drive that made me look at, and buy, my Jaguar XF-S a few years later.

So this video review was really more than just a trip down memory lane for me – it was also to see how the XF holds up against the XK when I’ve basically just driven the two side by side.  The XK still makes the better noise and looks sharper, in my opinion, but I actually prefer the torque curve in the XF S.

Having said that, if I was in the market for a coupé to live alongside the XF, this would be high on the list –  great noise coupled with good equipment levels and a joy to drive.  View the video review components below and let me know your thoughts!

(And thanks to Dylan in Karl Goodwin motors for lending us this Jag.)


The Review

The Introduction

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The test drive

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The interior

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The conclusion

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Jaguar XK (2006) – Vital Statistics

Power219 kW (300 bhp) @ 6000rpm
Torque411 Nm (303 lb/ft) @ 4100rpm
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)5.9 seconds
Maximum speed250 km/h (155 mph) electronically limited
Fuel consumption (average)11.3 l/100km (25.0 mpg)
Fuel type, tank capacityPetrol, 71 litres
Weight1720 kg
EngineJaguar AJ-34,
Continuously variable cam phasing,
One-piece cast camshaft,
Reinforced plastic intake manifold,
Fracture split forged powder metal connecting rods,
DOHC, indirect sequential fuel injection
Displacement4196 cc
Cylinders and valvesV8, 32v
TransmissionZF 6HP 6 speed automatic transmission with sequential paddle shift 
DrivetrainRear wheel drive


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