Aug 01, 2006
Reviewed By Stefan Lombard
Price as Tested $78,000
Likes

Good low-rpm grunt from the 4.2-L V8. Redesigned skin looks more stout and powerful than the car it replaces. Comfortable cockpit and solid road presence.

Dislikes

The handsome new lines don’t connect at all the dots, with uneven panel gaps above headlights, and off-kilter thresholds across taillights. Wheel-mounted paddle shifters aren’t always easy to find in turns. Large rearview mirror obstructs vision in the long windshield. This car should have three pedals.

Verdict

The visual appeal of the new XK is a step up from the previous car, although it relies heavily on its upper-class sisters from Aston Martin for the effect. And anyone who pays almost eighty grand for a flagship car shouldn’t be able to spot varying panel tolerances from down the block.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
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