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 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 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.
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.