For Jaguar enthusiasts, the pairing of the letters ‘X’ and ‘K’ has long heralded excitement.
And today is no different: the Jaguar XK Convertible remains one of the most beautiful, desirable and dynamically impressive sports convertibles available anywhere in the world.
More than 65 years ago, Jaguar redefined sports cars with the 1948 XK, clothing a big engine and big performance in bodywork that was svelte to the point of sensuality.
The firm has been offering much the same Jaguar XK formula ever since, if with the occasional change of emphasis. The original Jaguar XK was succeeded by the legendary E-type, known as the XKE in America.
Jaguar’s most famous car, it was a sensational looker and a monolithic landmark in the development of the sports car – the first production car that Autocar ever tested to exceed 150mph.
Gradually, through the Jaguar XJS and Jaguar XK8, the Jaguar XK Convertible concept has evolved away from being an out-and-out sports car and more towards being a refined grand tourer. The Jaguar XK now has to fill dual roles as a cosseting grand tourer at one end of the model range, and a full-blown hardcore sports car on the other – that role admirably taken by the unhinged XKR-S model, the most powerful car in the company’s long history.