There was a time when Jaguar was relegated as an afterthought in the luxury car segment. But things changed when chief designer Ian Callum came on board and his first design for Jaguar was for the XK . Fast-forward a few years later and the XK’s design language has made its way across the Jaguar lineup, marking the return to form of the company.
But for all the contributions the Jaguar XK has made to revitalize the company, sales of the model were undercut from within with the release of the F-Type Roadster . It came to the point where the model’s struggling sales forced the company to announce that it would discontinue the XK by the end of the year.
So you can imagine how the 2014 XK must feel. To be fair, it’s got a lot of traits and characteristics that are worthy appreciating. It’s looks may be getting dated, but it’s still flashy enough to catch peoples’ attention. Power isn’t an issue, either, and the luxury and technological amenities on the interior is top-class all the way.
But with all that comes a dark cloud hanging over the XK’s head and that’s a position it really doesn’t deserve.
Hit the jump to read more about 2014 Jaguar XK Coupe
It seems like a long time ago but the current generation XK was actually the first Jaguar designed under the helm of chief designer Ian Callum. So it’s no surprise that the 2014 XK retains most of this distinct look, specifically the long hood and the short deck theme that evokes images of Jaguar’s classic models.
Likewise, the XK’s signature "J-blade" Xenon headlights return from the 2012 model, a unique design cue that really blends in well with the elaborate boldness of the XK. Moving to the XKR, the supercharged version gets exclusive wheels and doubles its exhaust outlets to four while the XKR-S gets the benefit of having a ventilated hood, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, gunmental-painted wheels, and added aero components.
2014 Jaguar XK – Exterior Specifications
|Aerodynamic drag coefficient (Cd)||0.33|
Gallery Jaguar XK Coupe
Those seats, particularly how they're configured to adjust in 16 different ways, are as versatile as they come in the business.
Say what you will about the XK’s sluggish sales, but you can’t take away the fact that it has a particularly upscale cabin that combines polished hardwoods with a nice mix of leather amenities. Comfort is something you’re not going to complain about with the XK, although the rear seats might leave two adults scampering for extra space. Those seats, particularly how they’re configured to adjust in 16 different ways, are as versatile as they come in the business.
Even the analog controls are intuitively designed, leaving little in the way of confusion for the driver. Having said all that, the biggest source of headaches for the XK’s interior touchscreen interface, which is pretty difficult to navigate made only worse by the fact that a lot of the interior functions are coursed through it.
2014 Jaguar XK – Interior Specifications
|Legroom, F/R(in.)||43.0/ 27.6|
|Shoulder room, F/R(in.)||56.6/42.4|
|Trunk volume(cu. ft.)||11.7|
All versions of the 2014 XK are powered by the same 5.0-liter V-8 engine, although output differs depending on the trim of the vehicle. The base XK only has 385 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, which seems a little spotty when you add a supercharger and an ’R’ at the end of the XK name. That one produces 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. Much better, right?
It doesn’t end there, though. The range-topping XKR-S gets another performance bump to 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. This version is capable of hitting 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds to go with a top speed of 186 mph.
2014 Jaguar XK – Drivetrain Specification
|Engine Type||5-liter V8||5-liter V8||5-liter SC V8|
|Bore x Stroke (in.)||3.64 x 3.66||3.64 x 3.66||3.64 x 3.66|
|Horsepower (SAE)||385 @6,500||510 @ 6,000-6,500||550 @ 6,000-6,500|
|Torque lb.-ft. (SAE)||380 @ 3,500 rpm||461 @ 2,500-5,500||502 @2,500-5,500|
The base model of the XK is the Touring Coupe, which retails for $79,000. The price then jumps to $97,500 for the XKR Coupe and jumps even further into six-digit territory with the $132,000 price for the XKR-S Coupe.
|XK Touring Coupe||79,000|
Given how much Jaguar has invested in putting itself back on the map, it has really positioned itself to compete with a car like the BMW 6 Series. The variety being offered by the XK line also plays in to how its rivals are presenting their own models.
Take for example the XK Coupe. That one slots into the segment of both the BMW 640i and the 650i, with the former producing 315 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque and the latter developing 445 horsepower and a peak torque of 480 pound-feet. Those numbers sandwich the 385 horsepower and 380-pound-feet of torque figures of the XK.
Pricing isn’t too far off, either. The 640i begins at $76,500 with the 650i starting at $86,700.
Gallery BMW 6-Series
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class can work its way into the mix against the Jaguar, particularly they E550 Coupe. This hulk of a luxury coupe is motivated by a 4.7-liter V-8 that puts 402 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque through a seven-speed auto. This combo nets the luxo-coupe a 4.9-second 0-to-60 time and a top speed of 155 mph.
The E550 may not be as gaudy as the Jag XK and BMW 5er. but its base price of $59,000 certainly will give buyers something to think about. On top of the lower base price, there is just something about driving a Mercedes that make many luxury car buyers smile.
So, if you can’t quite stretch your budget to the XK or 5er’s price point, the E-Class may be a great option.
Gallery Mercedes E-Class
It’s hard to get too excited about the Jaguar XK knowing that the model is being phased out soon. Having said that, if you’re the nostalgic type and you want a piece of the XK before it’s discontinued, now’s as good a time as any to get one. But if you’re not of that sort, you’re better served getting another model. And really, there’s no shortage of options to keep you interested.
- Plenty of variety
- Luxury interior
- Power is top grade
- Not selling as well as Jaguar hoped
- Competition coming from its own company
- Steering has some issues
Gallery Jaguar XK Coupe
Melding classic Jaguar design with lightweight yet highly rigid aluminum construction and near-bespoke finishes and luxury, the 2014 XK models exemplify the Jaguar tradition of offering outstanding performance, agility and value in the premium luxury category. Powerful acceleration and agility come together with sumptuous luxury and comfort in coupe and convertible models, with top-of range versions offering supercar performance.
The XK Touring models introduced for 2013 continue for 2014, offering not only the entry price point for the line, but also providing their own sporting feel with a standard Aero Pack, 10-way power and heated Sport front seats and 19-inch "Tamana" wheels.
Jaguar continues to offer special and exclusive XK models. The 550hp XKR-S continues in limited numbers for 2014, each one custom built to order. New for 2014 is the XKR-S GT Coupe. The addition of extensive aerodynamic enhancements, suspension modifications, and carbon ceramic brakes endow the XKR-S GT with blistering track-ready performance. A limited production run will include just 30 cars for North America - 25 for the United States and five for Canada. All XKR-S models have an electronically limited top track speed of 186 mph5.
The XK, like all Jaguar models, offers a wide selection of exterior and interior finishes, and the Special Order color and trim combinations do not carry an extra charge. A Jaguar Designer’s Choice guide features recommended combinations. The vibrant Racing paints and special color Convertible tops remain available at extra charge.
Portfolio Pack for XK and XKR
The Portfolio Pack option brings a distinctly custom flavor to the Jaguar XK and XKR, infusing Coupe and Convertible versions with an extra dash of opulence and some features designed exclusively for this package. The Portfolio Pack offers five recommended exterior colors. Chrome mirror caps and a chrome-mesh grille add gleaming but elegantly restrained bright work. A choice of seven colors for the XK Convertible’s soft-top allows further customization.
Inside, the XK Portfolio Pack presents the choice between two exclusive interior themes, Navy and Truffle, each featuring contrast stitching and handcrafted soft-grain leather for the 16-way power-adjustable, heated and cooled front seats and heated steering wheel. With either theme, the customer can choose between hand-polished Shadow Walnut or Dark Figured Aluminum interior trim.
Overhead, the Portfolio Pack adds a handcrafted leather headliner made by Poltrona Frau of Italy, a feature adapted from the limited-production XKR-S. Stainless steel pedals and doorsill scuff plates and leather trimmed floor mats complete the package.
XK Touring Models
Exemplifying the value that Jaguar has always offered, the XK Touring models brought a new price point to the XK line while retaining a high level of premium luxury, along with all of the performance of the standard XK models. For ordering simplicity, the 2014 Jaguar XK Touring Coupe and Convertible are single-spec models, with the customer needing to choose only exterior and interior colors.
Standard 19-inch alloy wheels and an Aero Pack give the XK Touring a sporty stance. The long roster of standard amenities includes bond grain leather upholstery, Satin Rosewood veneer interior trim, heated front seats, a 525W Jaguar Premium Sound System with Satellite Radio, keyless entry and start, Reverse Park Camera and Parking Sensors3, auto-dimming power folding exterior mirrors and a multi-function steering wheel.
XK Design Imbues Modernity with Brand Heritage
The current-generation XK was the first Jaguar designed under Jaguar Design Chief Ian Callum. The long-hood, short-deck theme echoes classic Jaguar sports cars while providing a luxurious 2+2 cockpit and usable luggage space. A 2012 design update gave the XK a bolder front appearance with a more aggressive-looking fascia and the brand’s signature "J-blade" Xenon headlights.
The standard Xenon automatic headlights include a power wash function and dynamic leveling. Corner lights improve visibility while cornering, which can be further enhanced by optional Active Front Lighting that directs the headlight beam to bend in the direction of the steering for added driver confidence at night3. In addition, distinctive LED signature running lights, integrated into the headlights, provide a bold and modern look when the XK is in motion.
The XK Convertible provides a generous 11.1 cubic-foot trunk (with top up), and the Coupe offers 11.7 cubic feet of space, with the added convenience of rear liftback access.
The ultra-high-performance XKR-S gets a racetrack-ready appearance courtesy of a functional aero treatment. The front splitter, rear air diffuser and rear lip spoiler all are made from lightweight, high-strength carbon fiber. The broad, vertical side intakes ahead of the front wheels and twin nacelles at the leading edge of the hood combine with the aerodynamic spoilers to reduce lift by 26% and increase directional stability at high track speeds5.
Advanced Aluminum Structures and Engines
Advanced chassis technology, combined with the inherent weight and stiffness benefits of the aluminum structure, allows the Jaguar XK models to shine in the corners while providing a very comfortable ride.
The XK models are based on a lightweight body shell architecture constructed from a combination of pressed, cast and extruded aluminum alloy components. These are riveted and bonded together using aerospace industry techniques adapted for automotive use by Jaguar, and the materials and processes produce a light body shell with very high structural integrity. The structure’s strength, rigidity and lightness provide the foundation for both the XK models’ exciting performance and its occupant safety systems.
The low vehicle weight is one reason the 2014 XK Coupe attains an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in highway driving, and it’s also one reason that no XK models are subject to the Federal Gas Guzzler Tax2.
The AJ-V8 Gen III line of 5-liter V8 engines include the most powerful ever offered in the XK models. The naturally aspirated version in the XK produces 385hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. An XK Coupe can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and has an electronically limited maximum track speed of 155 mph5.
The XKR supercharged version of this engine produces 510hp and 461 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter available at just 2,500 rpm and sustained through 5,500 rpm. A twin vortex system (TVS) supercharger and twin water-cooled intercoolers are efficiently packaged in the engine’s V. The XKR Coupe can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and is electronically limited to a maximum track speed of 155 mph5. The Dynamic Pack option available for the XKR Coupe and XKR Convertible adapts elements from the XKR-S, including retuned suspension for even greater handling agility, aerodynamic enhancements and a higher top track speed of 174 mph5.
The XKR-S, introduced for 2012, offers the ultimate in XK engine performance, with its specially tuned supercharged V8 producing 550hp from 6,000-6,500 rpm, and 502 lb.-ft. of peak torque available from 2,500-5,500 rpm. The XKR-S Coupe can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and is electronically limited to a maximum track speed of 186 mph5. This same ultimate-performance machine is EPA-rated at 22 mpg in highway driving and carries no Gas Guzzler Tax2.
The all-aluminum four-cam Jaguar V8 engines combine high power with high efficiency, thanks to such technologies as spray-guided direct fuel injection and dual independent variable cam timing. The naturally aspirated version also employs a variable intake manifold to help optimize torque across the engine speed range.
Jaguar tuned the exhaust sound of the XK for a deep, powerful character befitting a high-performance grand tourer. The XKR-S is additionally equipped with a Performance Active Exhaust system in which valves open at higher speeds to provide an even more powerful note; this feature is available as an option for the XKR. Also in these models, a special acoustic filter at the rear of the engine, tuned to "tenor C," feeds some intake sound to the cabin under hard acceleration.
All Jaguar XK and XKR models employ an electronically controlled, fully adaptive six-speed automatic transmission with the unique cast alloy JaguarDrive Selector™ as well as the Jaguar Sequential Shift™ function operated by steering-wheel paddles. The transmission is designed to be maintenance-free with "filled-for-life" fluid.
Advanced Chassis Dynamics
In all XK, XKR and XKR-S models, the standard Adaptive Dynamics active damping system optimizes handling agility and ride comfort3. The system monitors body movement 100 times per second and wheel position 500 times per second and automatically increases the damping rate as the suspension approaches the limits of its travel. Adaptive Dynamics also controls wheel hop on uneven roads by rapidly varying the damping to move any wheel out of a natural bouncing frequency, benefiting ride comfort, handling and tire grip. The 2014 XK and XKR models feature 20-inch alloy wheels as standard. The XK Touring models come equipped with 19-inch wheels.
The Jaguar XKR-S was developed at the Jaguar Test and Engineering Centre at the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany. That development work included designing the proprietary software for Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics to optimize body control, traction and grip3. Compared to the XKR, the XKR-S chassis tuning features 28 percent higher spring rates and 10mm lower ride height.
The Dynamic Pack option for the XKR Coupe and XKR Convertible equips either model with a comprehensive performance upgrade. Special side sills, rear diffuser, lower front splitter and larger rear wing provide the added stability needed for Jaguar to unlock a 174 mph top track speed capability5. The Dynamic Pack further bolsters the performance credentials of the XKR by including the XKR-S Adaptive Dynamics and suspension tuning. The package’s ’Vortex’ 20-inch forged wheels show off the package’s red brake calipers.
From the JaguarDrive Control™ interface, the driver can select different modes for Adaptive Dynamics. In Dynamic Mode, Adaptive Dynamics increases body control for a sportier feel and also provides more responsive accelerator pedal reaction and quicker gearshift responses. The Dynamic Stability Control system offers four driver-selectable modes: Normal, Winter, Trac DSC and DSC OFF. Winter Mode yields a more damped accelerator pedal response to provide progressive control in slippery conditions, with different shift settings that delay and soften gearshifts, also for better control on low grip surfaces3.
In XKR and XKR-S models, Adaptive Dynamics operates in tandem with Active Differential Control (ADC) to optimize available traction at each rear wheel, improving acceleration on low-grip surfaces while enhancing cornering ability. The clutch-type electronic differential is operated by an internal electric motor and ball-and-ramp mechanism and transmits torque to the wheel with the most traction. This proactive system differs fundamentally from conventional traction control, which uses the brakes reactively to counteract slip. The ADC goes beyond the capability of mechanical limited slip differentials by actively vectoring torque to improve traction and cornering, especially during spirited driving and in inclement weather3.
The 2014 XK offers an extensive palette of veneers, color combinations and headliner options to allow customers to personalize their cars. The ebony soft-feel paint for the switches, gloss black finish on the center console and phosphor blue halo illumination and ambient lighting set the tone for the near-bespoke level of luxury available.
Wood veneers include a Rich Oak option alongside the classic Burl Walnut for both models. The XK also offers the choice of Ebony or Knurled Aluminum, while the XKR also offers Dark Oak or Dark Mesh Aluminum (see "XK Touring" section for details on that model’s finishes).
As in Jaguar XF and XJ models, the XK models greet the driver with a "handshake" sequence. Enter the XK using the standard keyless entry and keyless start system, then press the pulsing start button, and the cast alloy JaguarDrive Selector™ rises from the console. When the engine is stopped, the JaguarDrive Selector™ lowers automatically.
Standard equipment across the 2014 XK range also includes a dual zone automatic climate control system, auto dimming electro-chromatic power-folding exterior mirrors and front and rear Park Assist with touch-screen visual indicators and rear backup camera3.
Heated and cooled front seats with 16-way power adjustment and memory are standard equipment on XK and XKR models; XK Touring and XKR-S models have standard heated front seats. The XKR models have a unique R-style seat design, and XKR-S models feature a Performance seat with additional bolstering. The XKR instruments emphasize its performance character with red pointers, while all models feature white instrument gauge illumination.
The 2014 XK and XKR Coupe models feature a standard Jaguar Suedecloth headlining (except Touring, which has a Morzine cloth headliner). The XK Convertible’s triple-lined fabric roof, which preserves the classic sports car profile and weighs less than a retractable hardtop, can be powered up or down in less than 18 seconds at speeds up to 20 mph. When lowered, the top stores in the bodywork behind the rear seats under a smooth cover. The raised top provides a level of fit that minimizes wind noise and road noise even at high speeds. The top’s luxurious interior finish is nearly indistinguishable from that of a closed coupe. Seven Convertible top colors are available.
Using the 7-inch touch-screen, the driver or front passenger can access functions for the climate control, navigation system, Bluetooth® mobile connectivity and for Jaguar’s Portable Audio Interface, which are all standard4. The Portable Audio Interface provides iPod® connectivity and enables connection of other music storage devices through a USB port to the audio system, with full touch-screen control4.
The XK Touring models feature a Jaguar 525W premium audio system, while all other models in the series come equipped as standard with a high-end Bowers & Wilkins® audio system featuring 525W maximum output, Dolby® ProLogic® II Surround Sound, Kevlar® midrange speakers and aluminum tweeters. SiriusXM® Satellite RadioTM is standard on every XK model except the XKR-S Convertible, and includes a three-month trial subscription. The XKR and XKR-S models also include standard HD RadioTM, which is optional for the XK models
All XK models are equipped with front, front side and thorax airbags6. Additionally, Jaguar’s front head restraint system helps protect against whiplash in the event of a rear impact. The XK Convertible’s hidden rollover protection system deploys instantly if sensors identify a risk, helping provide protection for the occupants3.
Driver Assist Systems
Emergency Brake Assist is standard. On models equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), the Advanced Emergency Brake Assist uses the ACC radar to help calculate distance from and speed of approach to the vehicle ahead. The system is designed to pre-charge brake-line pressure to help minimize impact speed if a collision is predicted, with an audible warning to the driver3.
1 Price shown is MSRP. Does not include $895 destination and delivery. Excludes, tax, title, license, retailer fees and optional equipment. Retailer price, terms and vehicles availability may vary. See your local authorized Jaguar Retailer for details.
2 EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.
3 These features are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions, etc. Driver should not assume that these features will correct errors of judgment in driving. Please consult the owner’s manual or your local authorized Jaguar Retailer for more details.
4 Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Do not operate, adjust or view the navigation or multimedia systems under conditions that will affect your safety or the safety of others. Only use mobile phones and other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so.
5 Always obey local speed limits.
6 Please remember that the safety belts in a vehicle constitute the primary protection system for driver and passengers in collisions. The airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) is a supplement to the safety belts and is designed to work as a system with the safety belts. Although airbags provide additional protection, airbags without safety belts do not provide optimal protection in a crash. Always wear your safety belts. Children younger than 13 years old should always be properly restrained in a back seat, away from airbags. Never place an infant seat in the front seat.
2014 JAGUAR XK:TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS*
5-liter V8 AJ133 Gen III DOHC V8, aluminum-alloy cylinder block and heads
Bore x Stroke
92.5 x 93.0 mm / 3.64 x 3.66 in.
5,000 cc / 305 cu. in.
Direct fuel injection;
variable intake manifold
Direct fuel injection; Eaton twin vortex
supercharger and dual intercoolers
Chain driven DOHC, four valves per cylinder;
dual independent variable cam timing
Premium, 91 AKI minimum
Torque lb.-ft. (SAE)
Front Engine, Rear-wheel drive
Jaguar Sequential Shift™ 6-Speed electronic automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddles and Sport Mode
4.17 2.34 1.52 1.14 0.87 0.69
Final drive ratio
Dynamic control systems3
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Understeer
Control, Electronic Traction Control (ETC) and Engine Drag Torque Control; Active Differential Control (ADC; supercharged models only)
Unitized body construction; primarily aluminum, aerospace-derived bonding and riveting technologies
4-wheel independent with Adaptive Dynamics active damping
XKR-S with specific tuning, including 28% higher spring rate and 10mm lower ride height (available as Dynamic Pack option for XKR)
XKR-S GT suspension changes include: a wider front track, increased camber, revised bushings, a new steering system and faster steering ratio; height-adjustable adaptive dampers feature a race-derived twin spring system, spring rates increased by 68% at the front and 25% at the rear
Double wishbone; coil springs, active dampers, stabilizer bar, aluminum
Multi-link; coil springs, active dampers, stabilizer bar, aluminum components
Power-assisted 4-wheel ventilated disc; Electronic Brake-force Distribution
(EBD), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and Emergency Brake Assist
XKR-S GT: carbon ceramic brake system with six-piston (front) and four-piston (rear) monoblock calipers
14.0-inch / 355 mm
15.0-inch / 380 mm
15.7 (395 mm)
12.8-inch / 326 mm
14.8-inch / 376 mm
15.0 (380 mm)
Power-assisted, speed sensitive, variable ratio, rack and pinion steering
Front: 19 x 8.5-in. w/ 245/40ZR19 Rear: 19 x 9.5-in. w/ 275/35 ZR19
Front: 20 x 9.0-in. w/ 255/35ZR20 Rear: 20 x 10-in. w/ 285/30ZR20
Front: 20 x 8.5-in. w/ 255/35ZR20 Rear: 20 x 9.5-in. w/ 285/30ZR20
Front: 20 x 9.0-in. w/ 255/35ZR20 Rear: 20 x 10.5-in. w/ 295/30ZR20
Front: 20 x 9.0-in. w/ 255/35ZR20 Rear: 20 x 10.5-in. w/ 295/30ZR20
Exterior Dimensions (inches/mm)
2+2 Coupe and Convertible
Aerodynamic drag coefficient (Cd)
74.5/1,892 (mirrors folded) 80.0/2,032 (inc. mirrors)
Coupe: 52.0/1,322 XKR-S Coupe: 51.6/1,312
61.4/1,560 62.8/1,596 (63.3/1,608 w/ opt. wheels)
F: 63.4 /1,612 mm
R: 62.8/1,596 mm
Curb weight (lbs.)
Coupe: 3,968 Convertible: 4,079
XKR-S / XKR-S GT
Interior Dimensions (in./m)
Coupe: 37.4/950 Convertible: 37.8/959
Coupe: 30.2/767 Convertible: 33.1/840
42.4 / 1.078
Coupe: 11.7 cu. ft.
Convertible: 11.1 cu. ft. (with top up and mini spare) 7.1 cubic feet (top down)
Max. track speed5
XKR w/ Dynamic Pack: 174 mph
XKR-S and XKR-S GT
Fuel Economy Manufacturer’s Estimated City/Highway MPG2
15 / 22
15 / TBD
16.1 U.S. gal./71.0 liters
*Manufacturer’s estimates. Correct at press time.