As supercharged grand tourers, not only are the Aston Martin DB7 and Jaguar XKR similar in concept but, due to their joint Ford parentage, they share much below the surface. The pair even arrived around the same time, too. We get an early example of each side-by-side to look at these similarities as well as their many differences.
Packing a punch Jaguar's R Performance Options threw a raft of performance choices open to its customers in the late Nineties and early 2000s. We get to grips with a 4.2-litre XK8, that's just an engine away from being an R
Two limited-edition models saw out production of the X100 and X150 generations of XK – a 2005 4.2-S and a 2014 Dynamic R. With extended equipment lists and improved driving capabilities, they are the best models of each to buy
When Sue Hedley bought an Jaguar XKR 4.0 in 2002, little did she realise that the 2000 coupe had previously been a press car, appearing in several magazines including our predecessor. We revisit the metallic blue GT and talk to Sue about her two decades with the car.
In 2001, Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations revealed a pair of XKR 4.0 prototypes to show the potential future direction for the company and the car. With 400bhp, a manual gearbox and stiffened suspension, the XKR-R was a very different animal to the production model. Two decades later, we give one of these special cars a rare outing at Lincolnshire’s Blyton Park