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Roadsterstu

Jaguar XKR

Been to visit friends today and whilst she was making a rather fine roast lunch, he and me went off for a (all too brief) spin in this beast:



Ultimate Black metallic with Black Speed Pack and black Kalimnos alloys.

The roads were wet and it was cold so, unsurprisingly it was still breaking traction at 60mph if booted on the dual carriageway. Even so, it gives one hell of a shove in the back, accompanied a magnificently angry soundtrack.
Once cruising, however, it settles down into a smooth and quiet lope. Given the massive 20" alloys, the ride is excellent and the gearbox is rapid and smooth shifting.
Sadly I didn't get a drive today but maybe in the future - LVEB 2014 being a possibility..



Inside - London Tan Duo Performance Seats, Suedecloth steering wheel. Jet Jaguar Suedcloth premium headlining and dark mesh aluminium dash inserts.  Having played on the Jag configurator, I reckon this car comes in at a price gettting very close to 90k  
gonnabuildabuggy

Very nice. Especially the Interior seat colour combination
PG

Beautiful. Love that interior colour combo. I just don't know why more people don't spec the tan seats. When you look second hand at XK's and XF's (or XJ's) that could have had them as a choice (basically the higher end ones), tan seats are a rare as rocking horse poo.
Martin

I really like the interior, but it's a bit spoilt by the black pack and wheels.

Lovely car, but makes much more sense used at a third of that cost.
Boxer6

PG wrote:
Beautiful. Love that interior colour combo. I just don't know why more people don't spec the tan seats. When you look second hand at XK's and XF's (or XJ's) that could have had them as a choice (basically the higher end ones), tan seats are a rare as rocking horse poo.


i suspect it may be the cleaning of them if they're light coloured. Herself is always cleaning her car (she's much better in that regard than I am tbh!   ) but even so, she specced black leather in her Disco over the tan option as she's in and out of the car many times per day, usually covered in equine-related muck!

Seen 'her' car with the tan upholstery, and it looks much nicer IMO.
Martin

Tan doesn't look too bad to keep clean, you should try 'cream beige'!

Using the car as much as I do makes it really difficult to keep clean and if you don't clean them for a couple of months it's impossible to get them perfectly clean. I'd be tempted to go for black leather next time, but it makes the car so dark inside and doesn't look anywhere near as nice.
Roadsterstu

And it soaks up the heat in the summer. I'm glad I went for a V70 with tan leather and not black. But, I've given up trying to keep it totally clean. Muddy kid's wellies, this morning, for instance.

The price of the XKR shocked me, TBH.
Martin

Roadsterstu wrote:
And it soaks up the heat in the summer. I'm glad I went for a V70 with tan leather and not black. But, I've given up trying to keep it totally clean. Muddy kid's wellies, this morning, for instance.

The price of the XKR shocked me, TBH.


You're right, there were plenty of times in the summer when the seats were fine, but the black (leather) armrests were too hot to touch!

Yes, way too much for an XK (IMHO), wouldn't even be on my shortlist if I had that budget.
Boxer6

Martin wrote:
Tan doesn't look too bad to keep clean, you should try 'cream beige'!

Using the car as much as I do makes it really difficult to keep clean and if you don't clean them for a couple of months it's impossible to get them perfectly clean. I'd be tempted to go for black leather next time, but it makes the car so dark inside and doesn't look anywhere near as nice.


Thinking about it, I think they were a light beige sort of colour; certainly much lighter than the seats in the pictures above. IIRC, the ones fited to RRS's have a black centre strip on light beige/tan seats - didn't look as bad as it sounds, to my eyes at least.
PG

Martin wrote:
I really like the interior, but it's a bit spoilt by the black pack and wheels.

Lovely car, but makes much more sense used at a third of that cost.


I like the black pack, there's something faintly menacing (in a sophisticated way) about the absence of brightwork on the exterior of a car. Apart from nice shiny exhausts (preferably quads) and silver wheels.
Martin

PG wrote:
Martin wrote:
I really like the interior, but it's a bit spoilt by the black pack and wheels.

Lovely car, but makes much more sense used at a third of that cost.


I like the black pack, there's something faintly menacing (in a sophisticated way) about the absence of brightwork on the exterior of a car. Apart from nice shiny exhausts (preferably quads) and silver wheels.


Almost described my car, I'm just 3 exhaust pipes short!  
Boxer6

PG wrote:
Martin wrote:
I really like the interior, but it's a bit spoilt by the black pack and wheels.

Lovely car, but makes much more sense used at a third of that cost.


I like the black pack, there's something faintly menacing (in a sophisticated way) about the absence of brightwork on the exterior of a car. Apart from nice shiny exhausts (preferably quads) and silver wheels.


I'd go even further and ditch all the badging too! (As I have done on the Legacy).
Martin

Boxer6 wrote:
PG wrote:
Martin wrote:
I really like the interior, but it's a bit spoilt by the black pack and wheels.

Lovely car, but makes much more sense used at a third of that cost.


I like the black pack, there's something faintly menacing (in a sophisticated way) about the absence of brightwork on the exterior of a car. Apart from nice shiny exhausts (preferably quads) and silver wheels.


I'd go even further and ditch all the badging too! (As I have done on the Legacy).


That's the first option to tick!
Roadsterstu

Martin wrote:
Boxer6 wrote:
PG wrote:
Martin wrote:
I really like the interior, but it's a bit spoilt by the black pack and wheels.

Lovely car, but makes much more sense used at a third of that cost.


I like the black pack, there's something faintly menacing (in a sophisticated way) about the absence of brightwork on the exterior of a car. Apart from nice shiny exhausts (preferably quads) and silver wheels.


I'd go even further and ditch all the badging too! (As I have done on the Legacy).


That's the first option to tick if you are not buying any BMW with 6 or 8 cylinders!


FYP
Martin

Roadsterstu wrote:
Martin wrote:

That's the first option to tick if you are not buying any BMW with 6 or 8 cylinders!


FYP




For some, yes.  (Probably most!)

I'd have the badges taken off any car, even if my 5 series was an M5.  Because they look shit.  They only exist to tell other people what you've got, they serve no other purpose.
PR

Remind us if your 130i had a badge, Martin  

XKR sounds like a great experience, but £90k?! Mind you, evo's new M6 Gran Coupe weighs in with options at nearly £120k...
Martin

PR wrote:
Remind us if your 130i had a badge, Martin  

XKR sounds like a great experience, but £90k?! Mind you, evo's new M6 Gran Coupe weighs in with options at nearly £120k...


Don't you start!  

That wasn't new, so I didn't have a choice!   It would have looked better without......

Especially as it made me think Hyundai I30!  
PhilD

Would love an XK in my life, even one in less than ideal spec like this (I used to wonder if Jags were deliberately spoiled to justify Aston Martins much higher price tag, but not they don't have that excuse anymore!)
TreVoR

That's lovely.  Would probably prefer it to an F Type if that is possible.
PhilD

TreVoR wrote:
That's lovely.  Would probably prefer it to an F Type if that is possible.


It's not no.  

Unless you need back seats and a boot then its ok  

I have a feeling the next XK is going to take a leaf out of the F's book and will look bloody amazing.
gonnabuildabuggy

Roadsterstu wrote:
And it soaks up the heat in the summer. I'm glad I went for a V70 with tan leather and not black. But, I've given up trying to keep it totally clean. Muddy kid's wellies, this morning, for instance.

The price of the XKR shocked me, TBH.


My S60 had the tan interior, by far the best Volvo interior option I reckon.

I think the two tone black/tan is the way to go for best of both worlds:

Not all black so not a total coal hole but brown throughout either.

I've bought a set of proper black rubber MB mats as I've concluded rubber is much more practical year round than fabric and easier to clean as well. I've also got a boot liner. From now on the kids no longer need to remove their muddy boots before getting into the car.
Boxer6

Martin wrote:
PR wrote:
Remind us if your 130i had a badge, Martin  

XKR sounds like a great experience, but £90k?! Mind you, evo's new M6 Gran Coupe weighs in with options at nearly £120k...


Don't you start!  

That wasn't new, so I didn't have a choice!   It would have looked better without......

Especially as it made me think Hyundai I30!  


No hair-dryers or dental floss in your house then?    
Tim

Martin wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
Martin wrote:

That's the first option to tick if you are not buying any BMW with 6 or 8 cylinders!


FYP




For some, yes.  (Probably most!)

I'd have the badges taken off any car, even if my 5 series was an M5.  Because they look shit.  They only exist to tell other people what you've got, they serve no other purpose.


As I've got an M5 that still has the badge (should I use this smiley   ) I reckon from personal experience that 100% of people don't notice the badge or understand what it means . In 6 and a half years I can't remember having any interest from anyone else on the road and that includes boy racers who, apparently, have an overinflated idea of what their 1.3 Corsas are able to achieve and are thus more than happy to 'have a go' with superheated saloons (as 12th regularly reports).
Racing Teatray

Nice Jag. Needs to ditch the black alloys and the alloy dash trim for some proper tree, but otherwise very nice.

Seats are lovely.
Martin

So, you're also saying that badges are pointless then Tim?  
PG

Racing Teatray wrote:
Nice Jag. Needs to ditch the black alloys and the alloy dash trim for some proper tree, but otherwise very nice.

Seats are lovely.


Are we related?
Tim

Racing Teatray wrote:
Nice Jag. Needs to ditch the black alloys and the alloy dash trim for some proper tree, but otherwise very nice.

Seats are lovely.


I suppose you're right (and the same could be said for the 'attention grabbing' part of the 4 exhaust pipes).  

The colours on the M bit have started to fade so I think it's time for it to go.
Chip Butty

Given the spec, I would have said it was a JLR company car, but the rear numberplate suggests otherwise (unless it was purchased as a used car - does the reg start OY, OE or OV ?)

I like the tan inserts, but I don't like the speed pack body kit. The black pack loses it's impact about 5 minutes after you have washed it.

Personally, XKRs look their very best in Kyanite blue or silver, with the standard silver wheels.

I also wouldn't order anything other than warm charcoal interior with the ivory contrast stitch.

Ahem (blatant pic whoring ahoy)........




Racing Teatray

Those XKs have very complicated-looking seat controls!
Big Blue

Racing Teatray wrote:
Those XKs have very complicated-looking seat controls!


Seat heating, lumbar support, memory, bird sitting on lap support, reverse Dutch Steamboat control.....
PhilD

Big Blue wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
Those XKs have very complicated-looking seat controls!


Seat heating, lumbar support, memory, bird sitting on lap support, reverse Dutch Steamboat control.....


my fat arse is stuck please call the firebrigade button.
Tim

They look less complicated than those on an E39 which adds electric adjustment for the front bit of the squab, another button for the lumbar support plus, if you have it fitted, another button that appears to adjust the angle of the backrest halfway up.
Roadsterstu

Chip Butty wrote:
Given the spec, I would have said it was a JLR company car, but the rear numberplate suggests otherwise (unless it was purchased as a used car - does the reg start OY, OE or OV ?)


I don't want to publicly give away the identity of the car but you are not a million miles away.

Is it because it has been expensively specced up or a particular combination of options?
Martin

Tim wrote:
They look less complicated than those on an E39 which adds electric adjustment for the front bit of the squab, another button for the lumbar support plus, if you have it fitted, another button that appears to adjust the angle of the backrest halfway up.


BMW Comfort seats add bolster width and thigh width adjustments, along with an electric headrest and the split backrest to the things you've listed!

The Jag controls looks fairly normal adjustment along with lumbar adjustment, which I assume is the button ahead of the backrest adjuster?
franki68

I really disliked the steering when I drove one,but aside from that it was very very  good .
Martin

I really like the contrast stiching on the black seats.
Chip Butty

Quote:
Is it because it has been expensively specced up or a particular combination of options?


The vast majority of company XKs in recent times are equipped with the black pack and speed packs. This is because they are either a free option, or a mandatory option as decreed by company vehicles (as they are under the impression it improves residuals/saleability).

I've never seen a genuine customer car with the black pack - they have all been company vehicles..hence my presumption
PG

It's a real pity that Jag don't do a "body colour" pack as well. I think that would be a lot more desirable.

All "sport" spec Jags used to have that. Window surrounds in black, grille surround, boot trim etc in body colour, grille in chromed chicken wire. Still looks really fresh to me.  


Michael

I recently had a passenger ride in an XKR-S convertible. Very desirable car and fearsomely quick.
Frank Bullitt

PG wrote:
Beautiful. Love that interior colour combo. I just don't know why more people don't spec the tan seats. When you look second hand at XK's and XF's (or XJ's) that could have had them as a choice (basically the higher end ones), tan seats are a rare as rocking horse poo.


I've noticed looking at the XF brochure that the spec differences between various models (excluding the SE which looses quite a lot over the others) is down to different wheels and interior; only the expensive models have a tan or tobaco-ish option; afflicts the RR too but at least you can get Espresso on the Vogue SE (which would be my choice).

As much as I like the colours in that XKR there's something 'cheap' about the design, I think it's the shape of the dash rather than the materials; the recessed sat-nav doesn't look very clever either.
gonnabuildabuggy

Frank Bullitt wrote:
As much as I like the colours in that XKR there's something 'cheap' about the design, I think it's the shape of the dash rather than the materials; the recessed sat-nav doesn't look very clever either.


The dash gives away the age of the car as fashions have changed. Not an issue with a second hand car, but something that might put you off buying one new.

In many ways I prefer the dash of the earlier XK, that has taken on a semi-classic role nowadays.
PhilD

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:

The dash gives away the age of the car as fashions have changed. Not an issue with a second hand car, but something that might put you off buying one new.


The dash was dated when it was new.

FB makes the same point as me. The basic shape/design is very good but let down by poor details - the original aerial for example (bet that still causes Ian Callum nightmares) and the stick on boot spoiler.
Roadsterstu

This car, new, at nearly 90k seems ludicrously expensive but I not in this month's Evo that one dealer has a barely used 2 year old XKR-S with under 6,000 miles for just over 60k.

That could be veeeeeerrrrrrry tempting. If I had 60k lying about, that is.
Martin

Roadsterstu wrote:
This car, new, at nearly 90k seems ludicrously expensive but I not in this month's Evo that one dealer has a barely used 2 year old XKR-S with under 6,000 miles for just over 60k.

That could be veeeeeerrrrrrry tempting. If I had 60k lying about, that is.


I'd be more tempted by an early (2009) 5.0 XKR at about half that.

There's one with 66,000 miles on the clock for £26,995 and a few with lower miles around £30,000, one of which is at a main dealer.  You need to up the budget to £33-35,000 to get a convertible, but a 5.0 Portfolio would get you back under £30k.  However, if you're going down that route, then why not go the whole hog and get the full fat model?!

Not that I've been looking.....
scamper

As said, nice interior, but not keen on the exterior - would fit in well around Birmingham.  Chips `doctor living in Bart Green' spec is the way to go.

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