Jaguar XK60 – 2008

The first XK Jaguar — the 120 — was born in 1948 and its 60th birthday naturally couldn’t be allowed to pass without a serious celebration — after all, how many other pensioners are capable of going from 0 to 60 in seven seconds? Jaguar’s idea of a suitable tribute to the iconic XK-engined convertible that wrote Chapter One of the company’s postwar success story was to create the XK60, a limited ‘diamond’ edition of the new XK model that coincided with the 2008 anniversary of the great roadster.

The current Jaguar XK series made a spectacular appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2006, going on sale the following year. The slinky coupe and fabulous convertible were soon complemented by the XKR and XKR-S variants. The XK was a worthy successor to the Jaguar tradition of performance with style, and the XK60 brought its own attributes to the party — a naturally aspirated AJ-V8 engine with continuous variable valve timing, sequential shift six-speed automatic transmission and a pile of extras (at no extra cost) that further enhanced the basic XK’s already impressive specification.

XK60 goodies included big alloy wheels, a brushed-metal gear knob, revised front spoiler and rear valance panel, chrome side vents, bright-metal upper- and lower-grille mesh, custom tailpipes and special appliqués. The XK60’s slippery shape is more than pleasing to the contemporary eye, but the true joy of this beautiful machine is tremendous performance that pays a fitting tribute to the illustrious predecessor it commemorates.

This is a driver’s car par excellence, with all-aluminium construction making it the strongest and lightest car in its class. The outstanding V8 engine bristles with the latest technology, and computer-controlled active suspension management ensures that the XK60 not only offers refined luxury within, but also speed, agility and perfect control. It’s magnificent!

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

UK

FIRST MANUFACTURED:

2008

ENGINE:

4,196 CC DOHC V8

PERFORMANCE:

Electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h); 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.9 secs

YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Perhaps the XK60, Jaguar’s heartfelt tribute to the XK120, has been marginally devalued by the fact that the company managed to think up reasons for creating no fewer than four special editions of the XKR between 2001 and 2005, and the new XK series is already on its third limited edition.

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