We recently received the sad news that the Jaguar XK is ceasing production by the end of the year, but what better way to bid it farewell than with some big, smoky powerslides? The retirement of the sporty GT isn't actually the topic of the latest video from Evo – it's on hand to compete against the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG to see which is faster around a track. Still, we can think of it as a wonderful sendoff for the Jag.

Both convertible grand tourers get their laps around the course, and they couldn't be more different. Driver Jethro Bovingdon gets some grins out of them both, but absolutely giggles while behind the wheel of the XKR-S convertible. The SL63 AMG is the more powerful of the two, but as we know, that doesn't always matter at a racetrack. You'll just have to scroll down and watch the video to see which of them is actually the winner.


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      NightFlight
      • 9 Months Ago
      Not surprising in the least that the SL won this. There is a reason why it is the benchmark in this class...
      Awhattup
      • 9 Months Ago
      Give me the MB thanks.
      Archie
      • 9 Months Ago
      The comment that I feel that should be made is that neither of these cars were designed for track use. They are luxury convertibles that are made for cruising and enjoying the ride. Both companies make vehicles that are more suited for a race track. For street cruising, though, I'd take the Mercedes.
      LW
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why did the XKR-S lose? I thought the only criteria for any british reviewer is how frequently the cars can go sideways. With the Jag, they can even make it go sideways at every corner on those rare days when it is not raining.
      Hazdaz
      • 9 Months Ago
      Couldn't be more disinterested in two cars than these. Both utterly pointless vehicles for old men with more money than sense looking for something that they think looks youthful, but to everyone else looks just pathetic. Ugh.
        WraithSKA2
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Hazdaz most certainly drives a Prius with a comment like that. Can you say Jealous! If you are so disinterested in those two cars why are you watching this?
        Sean
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I'm just glad they make these so I can see them on the road. Why you heff' to be mad?
      waetherman
      • 9 Months Ago
      I will never buy an English car. No matter how many hp it has or how good it looks in blue.
        Bernie Kressner
        • 9 Months Ago
        @waetherman
        Well, I think you should take a look at the F-type with V-8: it's a nice piece of work. This XKR-S was clearly outmoded, and this was not a fair comparison. But then again the AMG 63 seemed to need a little polishing up, too. But I'd like to see how that German car stacks up to the new Corvette Z06 around the same track. -------------------
        Trevor
        • 9 Months Ago
        @waetherman
        Pfffffft if I had the money I would get Mclaren P1 or older Mclaren F1 in heart beat. Bentley and Rolls Royce will always be classics and would I definitely get one. Hard to beat a range rover's interior for a SUV.
          waetherman
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Trevor
          All great cars in some way, but none* have been able to shake the maintainable issues that have plagued British car manufacturers since...well, since cars were invented, really. *i actually haven't heard anything bad about Mclaran so I don't want to lump them in, but it would be put of my price range anyway
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is a contest? SL all the way. XK doesn't have the panache or prestige of the SL.
        churchmotor
        • 9 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Well then, Who knew a Jaguar didn't have "prestige" or "panache". Thanks for clarifying there is NO contest between an SL and a Jaguar.
      eeenok
      • 9 Months Ago
      the XK is obviously less of a racing car, but i think it neatly epitomises what it means to be a GT car, which is having way more power than you need and the whole thing being a bit of a hoot. the initials go all the way back to the early 20th century tradition of wealthy car owners making a "grand tour" of europe in cars that were incomparably more powerful than what normal people could afford. no there was no equivalent to the mustang GT then. as i see it, racing was less of an issue than having enough power in any imaginable situation, although this was probably 10% reality and 90% dick swinging, just as the fantasy of needing a fast car generally is today. a large gt imo means ok you want a large comfortable car, but you always want the option of lighting up the tyres regardless of how silly the dynamics are, as long as it's more fun than scary. face it; as good as the benz is, neither of these cars is being sold for racing, and the jaguar sensibly matches the GT idiom for some people even though many people can't imagine why you would pick it over the benz
      jamsbong
      • 9 Months Ago
      Reminds me of the Jaguar's eat mercedes ad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PQS8SFWNQw So in ads. Jaguar eats Mercedes Chicken. In reviews, Mercedes eats Jaguar for breakfast.
      Trent
      • 9 Months Ago
      Hands down I would take the SL but would only use it as a GT car. Track use for either of these cars is crazy.
      Feurig
      • 9 Months Ago
      Thro'le.
      Darnell Morgan
      • 9 Months Ago
      This comparison surprised me. At least the Mercedes Benz did. The SL is not known for its sport handling. That is a luxury GT car with tons of power. MB has done a very good job in this current iteration. The Jag did not surprise me, as the XKR-S is known for being an oversteering monster. That isn't really a bad thing, and I can say having driven one in Las Vegas its one of the few super euro cars I'd buy with my own money. Take one on a canyon road and the XKR-S is marvelous. Just not as good at the limit...you need the XKR-S GT for that. Hats of to MB and magic body control. The SL really is impressive given all the things it can do well.
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