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2006 Jaguar XK Series Mid-Size Luxury Coupe and Convertible

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Description: Mid-Size Luxury Coupe and Convertible
Base MSRP Range: $69,830 - $87,330
Invoice Price Range: $63,546 - $79,471
Where built: England

Jaguar's two-door personal luxury cars resurrect styling cues from the 1960s icon XK-E, thanks to that extended hoodline and aerodynamic prow. Only change between coupe and convertible occurs with the latter's retractable lid.

Both vehicles use naturally-aspirated and supercharged versions of the 4.2-liter V8 found in XJ and S-Type cars, as well as the ZF automatic six-speed shifter. The natural plant slips into XK8 coupe and convertible. The supercharged V8 goes to racy XKR.

Trims multiply in 2006 with special checkered-flag Victory editions commemorating Jaguar's success in Trans-Am road racing. In the cockpit of XK8 Victory, grained elm wood veneer replaces burl walnut, while on XKR Victory the burl walnut gives way to carbon fiber veneer. XK8 Victory rolls on 19-inch chromed wheels with Brembo brakes and XKR Victory shows 20-inch two-piece BBS wheels plus cross-drilling of the Brembo brake discs.

Sensuously styled sedans, coupes and convertibles badged by Britain's classy Jaguar coachmaker leap into 2006 with powerful engines and sophisticated safety systems plus new features added for comfort and convenience. Models include the X-Type all-wheel-drive (AWD) sedan and sport wagon of compact dimensions, the elegant XJ series of full-size and stretched flagship sedans, sporty XK mid-size coupes and convertibles, and curvaceous S-Type mid-size sports sedans. Newest Jaguar is also the rarest -- XJ Super V8 Portfolio, a plush yet powerful luxury sedan on a stretched wheelbase and available strictly in limited numbers.