It was code-named X100 and it was to be Jaguar's latest sports cars, featuring both coupe and convertible coachwork. It was to have an all-new V8 engine and it was to replace the XJS. It would also ultimately have the most powerful forced-induction engine of any production Jaguar road card and it had a lot riding on its success. It was the XK8 - a sleek, purposeful grand tourer in the Jaguar tradition.
Graham Robson, one-time Jaguar apprentice and a motoring historian with several other Jaguar books to his credit, tells the story of one of the twentieth century's most beautiful sports car, from its conception to the end of the line for both it and the factory it was built in.
Jaguar XK & XKR (1996-2005) - The Essential Buyer's Guide
For anyone with an interest in, or who is thinking of buying, one of the already classic Jaguar XK sports cars from the 1996 to 2005 period, this Essential Buyer's Guide is a vital requirement. All the models are covered, from the early 4.0-litre models with the infamous Nikasil engines, through to the very last and highly sophisticated 4.2-litre S, with mention of the special editions available in selected markets.
All models are looked at in detail, and analysed for their strengths and weaknesses to provide the best possible advice on what to look for and how to buy the best car you can afford. A handy pocket-sized guide, that will always be at your side for constant reference.
Features: - Like having a real marque expert at your side - benefit from years of real ownership experience - Where and how to buy a Jaguar XK - Advice on choosing the right model and condition - Key checks - how to spot a bad car quickly - Comprehensive inspection guide - In-depth analysis of strengths and weaknesses - Discussion of desirable upgrades as well as modifications to avoid - Market and value data, predicts which models will become the most sought after - Details of club back-up and support organisations.