• Jan 13, 2011
Jaguar XK spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Our elusive spy photographers have captured the first glimpse of the facelifted Jaguar XK coupe out testing near the automaker's development center in Coventry. This doesn't appear to be a major overhaul, with the exterior only changing minimally, including a new front fascia with revised headlamps, larger side sills and a very slightly touched-up rear fascia, including a small wing on this prototype. (We don't expect that to be commonplace on all XKs, as it's not exactly the most attractive element on the coupe.)

This may not be an all-new version of the XK, but our spies suggest that some changes might be on tap for what's underhood, mostly in an effort to keep the coupe fresh for a few more years. We don't take issue with the current range of naturally aspirated or supercharged 5.0-liter direct-injected V8 engines – both engines are relatively new, after all – but some dynamic tweaks would indeed keep the XK at the front of our minds for years to come.



[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      much needed facelift. Too many cars have come into the world with a durr face in the last decade.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just noticed that they put BARN DOORS on this car as side mirrors... Another one bites the dust.

      When will that regulation STOP?

      They are dropping MPG when they get that huge... not to mention blocking lateral forward sight-lines. Making side mirrors huge doesn't make people ignore them any less... they just get broken that much more often, by being so huge. they'll have to start widening parking spaces, if those things get much bigger than this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will always like the look of the Aston Martin inspired Jags.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Must be a lot of Brits on this particular thread. I too am a fan of the Jaguar brand, and is disappointed in what they have become.

        Jaguar sedans used to be lithe, athletic standouts, their XK-E was to die for. Now the XJ is more bloated than the new Buicks, and though well executed, it is quite a ho-hum design.

        Marking my post down is not going to change that. Maybe if you raised your voice, Jaguar might get the message.

        • 3 Years Ago
        the headlight shape of this one just doesn't do it for me
        this update should have included redesigned headlights form the XJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        Isn't the DB9 designed by Henrik Fisker? At the very least, he finished the design. The biggest design flaw of the DB7 (but not the DB7 zagato) and the Vanquish was the wonky rear-end, and those were Callum designed.

        The profile of the XK is DB9-like, but the front and rear and just never looked quite right to me. I vastly preferred the design of the old XK. Actually, I know what puts me off with the XK: the front reminds me of the Hyundai Tiburon and the rear... I'm still not sure what's wrong with the rear.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I like how the headlight shape doesn't sag down, but tapers upward. More Aston Martin-like, which is nice. Really like the XK design.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Toyota built this car 10 - 12 years ago, they called it the Supra. I can't believe how underwhelming and ordinary Jaguar have become. Its like they're having an identity crisis. Used to be when a Jaguar rolled by the world knew it was a Jaguar. Today, they make "nice" safe bland designs.

        Last car Jaguar made that said Jaguar was the original S-Type.
      • 3 Years Ago
      this reminds me of a mk4 supra a bit
        • 3 Years Ago
        I was thinking mid-nineties Celica.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not bad. I hope the fascia face lift included rounding the front bumper beam a bit... it was flat-blunt before.

      The headlights look nice.

      I've always liked the V8 2+2, 3-door format... which distinguishes this from the Aston Vantage, which only has 2 seats, or the DB9 that doesn't have the liftback.

      But this thing needs a dual-clutch in the worst way, since it doesn't have a stick shift option.

      An interior makeover from the XF would be nice, too. The dial gearbox selector is nice, plus some paddle-shifters, and that is all you would need for a dual-clutch automated gearbox. Move beyond the torque converter.

      An XK-R so equipped, with a supercharger, black trim package, and painted Kyanite Blue would be such a sweet GT car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Surprize! It's an Audi! I wish Jag would camoflauge their cars like BMW's again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tata seems to a great custodian of Jaguar.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course doesnt need a major redesign! Current model is 4-wheeled porn!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Facelift? Too bad it still has the same old Taurus, open fish mouth grille
        • 3 Years Ago
        Uh Jaguar had the open mouth grille WELL before the 3rd generation Taurus had it. You might want to take a look at the E-Type and 1st generation XK.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Something has to wear it


        • 3 Years Ago
        Jaguar had look first dummy. I guess it shows how much you know about cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I never liked the current headlights, but now it looks like a DB7. Just single road headlights (or something that approximates them) please. Needs more E-type.
      • 3 Years Ago
      finally they are fixing the headlights...they were the only bad thing on the car
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