A replacement, then, is on the cards - albeit a little way off, meaning lovers of grand tourers like me will have to wait longer. How tedious. If you're impatient, like me, you might be tempted to take the plunge on a late example of the last-generation model. Oh, sure, these feel a little dated now, but they're still just as comfortable and satisfying to drive as they were when they were released; indeed, there are few grand tourers that combine such elegant looks with such comfort - not to mention, such accessible prices.
OK, so if you want something new-ish, you'll still need to stump up quite a bit of cash. £37K, for example, gets you into this admittedly very tasteful 2013 Portfolio, with just 16,000 miles and a full history. But that feels a bit steep when an XKR with barely any more miles can be had for similar money - assuming you're willing to settle for something a couple of years older.
well shy of £15,000, which seems to me like a lot of car for the cash. However, I'd stretch myself a little more to get hold of one of the first 5.0-litre cars; this one, with reasonable miles and a promising-sounding history, is nibbling its way south of £20,000.
The advantage of going for one of these XKs is that you get the significantly improved AJ133 engine that later formed the basis of the cracklingly angry lump sitting in the nose of the F-TypeSVR. Of course, here it's rather tamer; nevertheless, 385hp is not to be sniffed at, and while the XK is still a bit of a slusher, that 62mph comes up in just 5.2 seconds suggests it's still quick enough to provide plenty of entertainment. It sounds better than the older 4.2, too.
Still too rich for your blood? How about an earlier XK8, then? I'm a bit biased here, as an XK8 was the first half-decent car my old man bought, but I think they're pretty cars despite that slightly lumpy back end. And while, of course an '8 is not as quick or as good to drive as the later cars, it's still a lovely old tourer, with that 'Spitfire wing' slab of wood giving the interior the impression of an old country pub.
decent-looking example; in my book, that's a bit of a bargain right now, as it can't be too long before the numbers thin to such an extent that the values start to climb again.
The Jaguar XK, then, is alive and well in the classifieds. And while none of these iterations will give you the last word in handling dynamics, all of them have an appeal that only a big Jag can offer. Fingers crossed the same can be said of the new one (and, ahem, that it depreciates quickly enough that we can all afford one soon).