MUR­RAY SCUL­LION

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driven -

STAFF WRITER

What’s it like to drive? Fast – ad­dic­tively so. It’s a car that re­ally hides its speed well, co­coon­ing you in leather and wood, lur­ing you into a false sense of se­cu­rity, only al­low­ing you to un­der­stand just how fast you’re go­ing by the blur of cars you’re pass­ing. I’m not a huge fan of au­tos – but Sport mode in the Jag is just per­fect, div­ing head first into its 7000rpm red­line when you mash your foot hard enough to the floor. Slip the lever across the J-plate and it’ll let you stir the cogs your­self if you’re re­ally feel­ing brave.

The driv­ing po­si­tion’s spot on too – it re­ally feels ev­ery bit the low-slung coupé it is. The glo­ri­ous V8 en­gine de­vours roads for fun, although the sound is a bit muted for my own taste. As is the steer­ing – it’s got very lit­tle feed­back or feel but that’s the price you pay for the op­u­lence, com­fort and power the XK8 de­liv­ers. The 4.0-litre V8 has 290bhp and ea­gerly gets you to 60mph in less than 6.5 sec­onds and is as solid as a rock no mat­ter what you do, as long as the trac­tion con­trol’s on. An ab­so­lute corker.

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