>Thinking about buying a Jaguar XK8 or XKR? We’ve put together a complete buying guide with all the information you need to know before making your purchase.

It shouldn’t be surprising that there’s currently a surge in demand for the stylish Jaguar XK8 and XKR models. They look fantastic, drive well, and are affordable. Many are snapping them up in anticipation that they will become a collector’s car and thus worth the current quite reasonable level of investment.

On the surface, an XK8 sounds like a great proposition. It’s stylish and has the look and sound of a modern car. Despite that, there are some things you need to consider before deciding to buy one.

When buying second-hand, it’s a case of buyer beware as although you might buy into an outstanding deal, Jaguar XK8 owners speak for themselves when they describe that their car has limitations.

2002 Jaguar XKR. Source: Mecum

Background: How the Jaguar XK8 and XKR Came About

While Jaguar languished with British Leyland, there was little to no money or resources for sports car projects. For many years there had been an idea to create a roadster based on the XJ40 design, but this was scrapped in favor of more sedan cars. The initial turning point was in 1990 when Ford formally took over operations at Jaguar.

Things started to change in 1992 when Ford appointed Bob Dover to head a new team dedicated to creating sports cars. The chief stylist position was appointed to Geoff Lawson, with Fergus Pollock taking responsibility for the final design.

1996 XK8 Convertible. Source Bonhams

In the mid-1990s, they came up with the XK range, starting with the grand tourer XK8, released in 1996. The three-door hatchback coupe body style was first unveiled, followed by the two-door convertible later that year.

Two years later, in 1998, thrill-seekers were rewarded with their wait as Jaguar offered a supercharged version in the XK Series being the Jaguar XKR (Base price $82,000), delivering an output of 375 bhp.

The main difference between the two models is performance capability. Both models share the 32-valve V8 engine AJ V8, though the Jaguar XKR features a supercharged variation of the V8 engine. The supercharged XKR can accelerate from 0–60 mph in 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.

Other differences seen on the exterior were that the XKR featured a rear spoiler, redesigned grille, and hood louvers on the bonnet for improved airflow to the engine.

Both cars initially additionally had the 4.0L

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Buying a Jaguar XK8/XKR: Tips for a Happy Jaguar Purchase
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/jaguar-xk8-xkr/
Published Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2021 23:28:13 +0000

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