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Jaguar XKR: Marriage of woeful tech with ample curves

Jaguar XKR: Detailed review

Jaguar XKR with its ample curves, a stunning design and a voracious engine can still be bogged down by its woeful cabin tech that seems to murder the overall experience of driving this otherwise magnificent racing beast.

Jaguar XKR with its ample curves, a stunning design and a voracious engine can still be bogged down by its woeful cabin tech that seems to murder the overall experience of driving this otherwise magnificent racing beast.

Jaguar XKR can be rightly described as a luxurious sports coupe which is up there among the likes of BMW 6 series, Maserati Gran Turismo and Porshes’ 911. Driving it can be a thrilling and overwhelming experience, the only negative point about it being its tech, which is ancient at best.

Sporty Cabin
The cabin of the XKR is cool, it’s unique and sporty and gives you the feeling of custom made just for you. In fact, the cabin design simply screams about the dynamism and power of the vehicle and Jaguar has done a pretty decent job in designing such a classy cabin.

Since it is a racing vehicle, you would not mind absence of rear passenger seat at all! But the outside noise will bother you for sure. The convertible top can be raised or lowered in only 20 seconds, which is kind of impressive.

Car tech – simply not there
A slow, 7 inch LCD panel greets you in the name of an infotainment system. There are no buttons except home and power, while you expect that every single function has a dedicated button for it. You have to go back to the Home screen every time you want to switch between different functions, which is kind-of irritating.

The woes simply don’t end there: there is no Bluetooth streaming (yes, you heard it right!!) and the stubborn system doesn’t stream well with apps like Pandora. You can listen to great quality music on its impressive 525-watt Bowers and Wilkins audio system using your iPod, though.

Ample curves and a mighty engine
The curves are stunning. Period. The exterior design is good enough to make jaws drop and heads turn. Its grand, curvaceous body can be even compared to that of juicy Kate Winslet. Okay, that went bit far. But the crux of the matter is that it is too stunning to avoid getting noticed.

Jaguar XKR is a great, curvy and mean racing machine with a ferocious V-8 engine that delivers 550 hp and 502 lb-ft torque. It zooms from 0 to 60 mph within, guess what, 4.6 seconds!! Well, that is terrific. But its goofy tech lets down an otherwise a splendid car.