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The vehicle that best sums up the current state of the art at Jaguar is the XK. Whether coupe or convertible, XKR or XKR-S or "base" two-door, the XK's one of the best-looking vehicles on four wheels in production today. And it certainly doesn't hurt that the XK lineup--especially in XKR and XKR-S form--is full of stunning performers.

From about $85,000 to more than $125,000, the XK gives British form to the grand touring concept, with performance and fine finishes comparable to much more expensive cars from Bentley, Maserati and Aston Martin. The GranTurismo, Benz SL and the Aston Vantage are competitors with the XK on speed, with the top XKR-S challenging the likes of the Porsche 911.

The basic XK begins with a 385-horsepower V-8 gained a hot guttural bark when Jaguar bumped its displacement from 4.2 to 5.0 liters in the 2010 model year. Like all the XK cars, it's coupled to a six-speed automatic, which shunts power to the rear wheels. On the XK coupe, Jaguar promises a 0-60 mph...

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UPDATE2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible: 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show

Only 25 2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertibles will be brought into the U.S., each priced from $138,000. Read Update

UPDATE2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible Headed To 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Jaguar Land Rover will debut the 2012 Jaguar XKR-S at the upcoming L.A. Auto Show, and will also highlight the C-X16 Production Concept, the Land Rover DC100 and DC 100 Sport. Read Update

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