If you don’t have $280,000 to spend on a Vanquish, Jaguar offers an epic consolation prize in its XKR-S. With a 550-hp supercharged V-8, the XKR-S does 186 mph – actually a bit faster than the Vanquish. It is a surprisingly raw machine, a snarling, stiff-riding thug that would really be happier on a track than on Ocean Drive. Its styling evokes more than a slight Aston vibe, which makes sense considering Jag’s design director, Ian Callum, created both the XK and the previous Vanquish. It isn’t as exotic as a Vanquish, but at $132,000 for the entry level Coupe, it’s close enough. [From $132,000, jaguarusa.com]
See also: Aston’s Timeless Cool.
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