HomePick of the DayElegant supercar Jaguar XK-JR can transport you to perfect moments

Elegant supercar Jaguar XK-JR can transport you to perfect moments


It’s funny but certain cars make me want to be doing very specific things in very specific places. I am in Arizona this week for the yearly auction-week mayhem, and was taking an after-dinner walk with my friend Nick through Old Town Scottsdale where we spotted a Jaguar coupe.

I said, this is the kind of car in which you want to go cruising at night while listening to Massive Attack or some other British trip-hop band. “You are absolutely right,” he replied.

The XK-RS can perform along with the most-exotic supercars

The Pick of the Day is one of those cars, a 2012 Jaguar XK-RS coupe, which imparts a certain kind of quiet elegance that, when mixed with the right music and location, can make one of those perfect moments behind the wheel.

This RS finished in White with Charcoal leather interior seem to embody that elegance better than almost any other modern GT car. It has covered only 41,800 miles from new, according to the LaVergne, Tennessee, dealer advertising the Jag on ClassicCars.com.

The coupe features every option that was available at the time, including contrasting interior stitching, 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, parking sensors, bi-xenon headlights, a Bowers & Wilkins audio system, heated and cooled seats, satellite radio, touchscreen navigation, bluetooth, electronic stability control, corner brake control, electronic brake-force distribution, and understeer logic control.

The interior is sumptuously furnished and equipped

The XK is powered by Jaguar’s wonderful 4-cam 5.0-liter V8 that produces 550 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 502 pound-feet of torque, which allows this supremely elegant car, styled by the master Ian Callum, to arrive from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and cover the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds, with a top speed that is electronically limited to 186 mph.

This is a serious car that has all the performance you could want mixed with the best of Jaguar elegance, and a bit of boy racer thrown in for good measure. If Simon Templar from the TV show The Saint were driving a Jaguar, it would likely be this one.

The interior is the best ever in any Jaguar XK. It has an actual leather headliner, and race-inspired leather sports seats look stunning looking and are very comfortable.

The Jaguar is gorgeously styled

Now, here is one of the best parts about this XK-RS. When new, a car kitted out like this one would cost in excess of $132,000, which still was considered a bargain supercar when new. This car is being offered for $45,995, making it look like a fantastic deal for a low-mileage, limited-production Jaguar supercar.

Think of it as an Aston Martin DB9 at a bargain price. Heck, the same chap designed both the Aston and the Jaguar.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


  1. I replay enjoy reading articles from classiccars.com. I am a classic car enthusiast. Unfortunately, today’s pick of the day was very disappointing. The vehicle featured today is not a classic car and does not fall under the classic car definition. It is a modern Supercar of 2012. I have no problem with supercars, because I love them as well, but they have no place and this type of form.

    • You have the right idea, but the music you chose to go cruising with is really bizarre! There’s a whole other world of music out there, sir. Check them out, please. Don’t need any more minds damaged by grung, metal, rap, and some country. They’re are some great country songs, it’s just not my 1st or 2nd choice to listen to, Now this metal, grung or whatever you want to call it very fhard to hear & understand. One has to find the words & try to listen to it again.
      And this Aston Martin is NOT a Classic Car. A Great Car but not a classic at 2012 model is not classic.
      Songs are like friends, they’re always in your mind & on our hearts.

    • No, no- the intent is to spotlight future classics. This is that and more; a friend of my boss wanted to stretch my ’04 GTO. I always drive manuals, he had never (in his 40’s, never drove a stick!) done so. Given the opportunity to drive any 2dr Jag, I traded to try his evil looking slapshift, death black on black, leathered up/computerized/buttons-for everything Jag XKRS…
      If this thing had a REAL clutch manual, it’s quite possible that I might have achieved a hands-free orgasm.
      It was, in a word, stunning. I am absolutely without words.
      But I revel in the sometimes crunchy interaction between me and the Tremec transmission. I like my aftermarket stereo, and love being able to tell the car’s admittedly primitive computer EXACTLY what I want- including using my programmer to do things that couldn’t be done with a modern car (you want "carbon footprint", I can diddle the computer to force my aftermarket 408 LS1, stock exhaust, original LS1 intake, with a McLeod clutch, to push my 3800 pound Holden/Pontiac, with my 260+ pound fat ass aboard, to run an [email protected] 116mph on ten inchers- gots the busted rear axle cv joints to prove).
      Also, the Jag could have lost 1000 pounds of "luxury/convenience" crap I would never use, and still be overloaded and underserved.
      Bottom line for me is that the Jag is not only a viable alt to an Aston Martin, it’s a modern classic and a legit collector’s item, but. Where my GTO rides like a log truck and often seems ’70’s-ish, the Jag has so much intervention and "driver’s assist" that, for me, it feels one step removed from what I want; at least for the one I drove for all of an hour. Do I want a limo, I’ll call a service.
      Like the F-types, it has a beautiful form and aggressive face. But the complexity and insurance costs attached to the Jaguar name would stop me from purchase. The sound of the engine, when the computer opened the exhaust? Jeez-us wept.


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