It looks like Jaguar’s XK coupe and convertible will bow out of the brand’s lineup this summer after suffering a one-two punch of age and a spot of jealous-sibling syndrome. According to Car, the less expensive, quicker, and far-better-looking F-type has rendered the eight-year-old XK 2+2 almost completely irrelevant. So what’s Jaguar’s plan going forward? Replacing the XK, of course!
Unlike today’s car, which is priced far too close to the sexy F-type, Car says the next-gen XK will sidle up next to pricier bogeys like the Bentley Continental GT and Aston Martin DB9. It will grow both in size and price, as well as move firmly into grand touring territory. While no direct plans have been put forth, it’s understood that the next XK will sit on a stretched F-type platform, but the car’s engine choices are a mystery.
Today’s XK uses a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 (XKR and XKR-S variants get the same supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 available in the F-type), but the next version will need a substantial power gap between it and the F-type in order to justify its higher price. That Jag’s current V-8 is seemingly maxed out in stuff like the limited-production XKR-S could spell trouble down the road—or spur Jaguar to overhaul the eight or create a new engine. We’d be more than okay with Jaguar re-entering the twelve-cylinder arena.