Big-bonus cars: Jaguar XKR Coupe

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Jaguar XKR Coupe
  • Jaguar XKR Coupe

  • Bonus: $100,000 plus
  • Price: $97,500
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 15 mpg
    • Highway - 22 mpg

For those of us who have to balance our checkbook before taking the family out to dinner, it may not look like it, but the Jaguar XKR is a bargain in the world of high-performance, high-end luxury coupes. However, qualifying as a value doesn't translate into subpar. This is one fine automobile.

A 5-liter supercharged V8 delivers 510 horsepower to the rear wheels by way of a driver-shiftable six-speed automatic transmission. Jaguar claims the XKR can sprint to 60 mph from a stop in 4.6 seconds, making it one of the best cars to let your hair down.

Only the constraints of the small rear seat will prevent neighbors from trying to invite themselves along on routine trips to the grocery store and post office. The cabin is opulent and intimate. Among the standard features are leather seating; hand-stitched, leather-covered door panels and instrument panel; 16-way power-adjustable front seats; heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel; heated and cooled front seats; and a 14-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system with an in-dash, six-disc, CD changer, high-definition radio and iPod interface.



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