Pursuits: A Grand Day Out

A firsthand account of the Colorado Grand: the longest-running and most exclusive classic car tour in the United States. It’s the opening morning of the Colorado Grand (, a four-day, 1,000-mile classic car tour, and because it’s my first time participating in the storied event, I’m chomping at the bit for some action. But the […]

Wheels: Jaguar’s Wilder Side

Seldom does the brand name Jaguar evoke a car suited for unbridled extroverts, a vehicle that is the shameless, attention-seeking life of the automotive party. Yet the designers of the XKR-S obviously intended for this Jaguarto be noticed—not just by drivers seeking a harder-edged GT experience, but by virtually anyone whose path the new cat […]

Autos: Cause for Celebration

Driving the XKR175 is as refreshing as reading a Jaguar review that has no feline references. Jaguars have never been known as hot rods; even the marque’s byword of the XK era—”Grace . . . Space . . . Pace”—shuffles performance to the end of the slogan. But with a new 5-liter V-8 engine spooling […]

The Jaguar XKR Convertible: A True British Beauty

There are very few cars on the road today more handsome than the Jaguar XKR Convertible. Working from the 2009 model, designer Ian Callum added a deeper chin to the front, fender scoops to the jowls, and a functional spoiler plus four exhaust pipes to the rear. And should you choose to reveal yourself as […]

Car of the Year: No. 7 (Tie): Jaguar XKR Convertible

Some see Jaguar’s latest as a lovely luxury grand tourer that is to the British manner born, with all of its breeding and provenance firmly intact. However, several of our judges equated the XKR with a nipped-and-tucked former starlet: It is an attractive car, but it is showing its years. The car seems to lack […]

Wheels: Beating the Rap

Jaguar’s 2007 XK8, the latest in a decades-long line of ever-lithe athletes, has been under indictment since it was presented in its concept-car phase last spring. It had the same old oval grille from the 1960s, the same old power bulge in the hood, and the same old lines from last year, claimed the early […]