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Jaguar XKR victory

With the imminent arrival of the new-generation XK, Jaguar has released a last special edition of its current XK. This 2006 Jaguar XK Victory edition was created to celebrate Jaguar's four championship wins in the North American Trans-Am road racing series.

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With the imminent arrival of the new-generation XK, Jaguar has released a last special edition of its current XK. This 2006 Jaguar XK Victory edition was created to celebrate Jaguar’s four championship wins in the North American Trans-Am road racing series.

It offers the comfort of its big sedan siblings, but brings to the table a sexy, two-door convertible body, and impressive performance. This 390-hp missile is a surprisingly clever car for high-speed and/or long-distance touring. Even though the chassis has been around a bit too long, and is a bit on the heavy side (weight reduction was a big priority on the new XK), the Victory will happily carry you for hours on twisty roads and highways at impressive speeds. Push it to the limit and the Jag cringes, but push it to 9.8 on a scale of 10, and it acts like a perfect British gentlemen, making you smile with its characteristic poise. Some of that composure can be attributed to the impressive 20-inch BBS wheels and Pirelli P Zero rubbers.

Simply put, the Jag is perfect for weekend touring when all you want to do is drive, and perfect also for coddling you when you have other things on your mind. Just one thing, please ditch the carbon fiber trim in the XKR and bring back the warmth of wood.

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