Jaguar XKR Convertible, one more nice weekend in Chicago


When I learned that I was going to be able to test drive the Jaguar XKR Convertible, I was excited. A 5.0-liter, V-8 engine and 510 horsepower at my fingertips. And throw in a pretty little drop top. Heck, yes, I was downright giddy with delight.

Then I remembered it was October. In Chicago.

But who says 58 degrees is too cold to take the top down? Not me. I have to tell you, I've driven with the top down every day this week. And this weekend should head well into the 60s. Perhaps there's even a short topless day trip in my future. At the very least a trip to the grocery store. In Wisconsin.

And get your mind out of the gutter.

Particular faves on the XKR:

  • Comfy leather seats
  • Reverse stitching on seating surfaces
  • Simple, yet elegant dash
  • Swirling, circular automatic gear shift
  • Heated steering wheel and front seats

There are, however, a couple of black marks, too. The navigation system
and central command system are outdated and poorly designed. And, every
other time I take the top up and down, I hear a large amount of exterior
noise leaking into the cabin. It's almost as if the top is having a
hard time making the proper seal. Not what you want from a car that
costs, $102K.


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  • What a beautiful car! Hopefully they with upgrade the navigation system and central command system to the standards of the cars of today. Always loved the Jaquar.

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