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I have just been a very lucky missbrowneyedgirl! It is somewhat of a tradition in our family to have Good Friday fish and chips at my Uncle's house, so the browneyed family arrived there promptly at 12:30 and what was sat in the garden but a beautiful navy blue Jaguar XK8! I pointed out to mrbrowneyeduncle that it looked a little messy sat there in the middle of the garden, and he promptly handed over the keys in order for me to take it for a spin, thus removing it's presence from the grass. Well, what's a girl supposed to do?...;) Firstly the interior of the car is spectacularly classy. Cream leather seats and a mahogany finished dashboard really create a feeling of extravagance! One thing I thought was odd about the car was they keys. There is an ignition key plus a remote-control type key for locking and setting of the alarm. Being used to a Mercedes, I thought this was a little odd as the ignition key could easily be mistaken for a Ford key. However, I didn't let it put me off and soon I had the big cat's engine purring. One thing that really surprised me about this car was the responsiveness. My experience of automatic cars has always been slightly sluggish yet the Jaguar is far from that! In fact I positively flew out of the driveway after putting my foot on the accelerator. Another nice feature of the Jaguar is the hybrid gearbox. This means that it will function as a manual gearbox, alongside an automatic, offering 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears. This is really useful for country roads as removing your foot from the accelerator leads the car to slow down as a manual car would. Also, I did get a chance to really put my foot down on an open road whilst using the automatic gears and it really has to be experienced! The feeling of that engine dropping two gears then hurling you away is one I will remember for a very long time! As I have mentioned, I am quite used to driving both the Merc
edes C and E class automatics which are both big cars, Although the Jaguar isn't quite that big, it is quite deceiving as the bonnet is very long yet the back of the car is short. I think this would take some getting used to although I am willing to give it a good try! The driver and passenger seats are roomy and comfortable and as you would expect adjust to any driving position. It is however a little cramped in the back and wouldn't really be suitable for transporting more than two adults on a regular basis. All in all, I am completely sold on this car after just one hours drive. All I need to do now is find the cash to buy myself one! Seriously, if you get the chance, do give this car a test drive. Jaguars have a terrible reputation of being old man's cars (probably because you can't afford one until you are old!) and this model really is the exception to the rule. Next to the R1, I can't think of anything I would rather drive!
Having owned my XK8 for over six months and covered 8000 miles, I still have nothing but praise for this automobile. What a shame we couldn’t make this product without help from over the water. The car looks and drives fantastic. I opted for the CATS suspension (as fitted on the XKR) and am impressed how such a large car handles. Still not as nimble as many two seater sports models but as a grand tourer, not much betters this machine. Build quality is faultless. The car in meteorite silver looks gorgeous and classy only beaten by the racier red big brother XKR. I was worried the facelift model would date this present model but am relieved having just viewed a 2001 model that the changes are very subtle and unnoticeable to any other than a car enthusiast. My only concern with the marque is the soon to be announced BMW 3 series competitor. Whilst I am sure the new car will be a class leader, I do not think it will do the long-term Jaguar image any good. (Could you imagine Ferrari announcing a model to compete with say a £30000 TVR?) I like the fact that even in Britain Jaguars are not common and have a degree of exclusivity. If Ford dilutes the Jaguar image, it may never manage to restore it.
I used to have one of these, it was beautiful. This is the nicest car that I have seen before. It was a convertable, and when it was sunny the top was always down. If you have ever been in this car you will know why I feel the way I do about it. It has got to be one of the sexiest looking cars around especially with its top down. The drive is brilliant. The girls all love you in it. Also, it has speed. It is not as fast as the 'Jaguar xkr' but it is still fast. If you get one of these then you will probably see yourself cruising anywhere just to drive around in it or to show-off. The bad thing about this car is that the back seats are very small, I don't know why they put them there. Also the insurance is very high on a car like this. It cost me £1000 a year for it. I recommend this car to anyone who has the money and has the attitude to go with the car.