The Jaguar XKR was one of Crave's favourite cars of 2008 -- which you'll already know if you watched our video review. A new year is well under way, and with it comes a new version of Jaguar's iconic grand tourer.
The new XKR packs all sorts of gizmos, including a 7-inch touchscreen in the centre console, which lets you control the FM and DAB radios, Freeview TV (while parked), climate control, the 525W, eight-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, and your iPod settings.
Not enough? How about keyless entry, where the car unlocks its doors as you approach? Or adaptive bi-xenon headlights that point in the direction the car is turning? Ventilated heated and cooled seats? Adaptive cruise control and a Forward Alert system that beeps to warn you when braking is needed due to slow-moving traffic up ahead? We could go on listing gadgets for ages, but our hands are sore from typing. Oh, what's that? It also has a soothing, heated steering wheel? And a cup holder?
The new XKR is faster than the old model, thanks to a new 5-litre V8 engine that cranks out 510bhp and 625Nm of torque -- 23 per cent more than the previous unit. It propels the car from 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds, 0.4 seconds quicker than the previous car, and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. If that doesn't sound that fast, consider this -- a fairly standard XFR coupe, which uses the same engine, achieved 225.6mph once unrestricted.
The standard XKR can be bought for £72,400, while a drop-top model can be had for £78,400. The slightly less racy XK coupe can be yours for a modest £59,900.
The 7-inch touch-sensitive display gives you access to most of the car's features. Freeview television, climate control and sat-nav are all at your fingertips.
The audio system is fairly comprehensive. You can access tunes via audio CD, USB port and iPod, as well as DAB and FM radio -- all via the 525W eight-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system.
The red start/stop button pulses gently, inviting you to fire up the 510bhp V8 engine. That little stub in the centre, the Jaguardrive Selector, rises from the centre console. A simple twist is all that's required to cycle between park, reverse, neutral, drive and sports modes.
Adaptive bi-xenon headlights swivel to face the direction in which the car is turning, helping to illuminate dark corners.
That gorgeous rear light cluster has 55 individual LED lights for extra sexiness.