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MINICOMPACT A BALANCE OF GRACE AND GUTS

They kept getting it wrong, which is all right.

The 20-something guy putting his golf clubs into a van first though it was a Ferrari. The elderly gentleman passing by in a parking lot wondered if it was an Aston Martin. Given the kind of first impression the Jaguar XK coupe makes, a regular case of mistaken identity is understandable.

CNET.COM SAYS: "A beauty from the outside. Sleek, elegant lines with a raked roof combine with a pugnacious nose to strike a balance between grace and guts."

YOU OUGHTA KNOW: The federal Environmental Protection Agency classifies it as a minicompact, though it has a 300 horsepower V-8 and is 15 feet 7 inches long. A super-charged engine is an option.

WHAT YOU'LL LIKE: Keyless entry and ignition, and you don't even need to take the fob out of your pocket or purse to get things going. The doors unlock when the driver approaches and the engine growls to life with the push of a red button.

IT CAN FLY: This car is capable of serious speed. It scoots from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and covers a quarter mile in 14.4 seconds, due in part to an all-aluminum frame and body, making the new model lighter and roomier than the previous one.

ONE, TWO, THREE: The sequential six-speed transmission can be used three ways: The normal park to drive mode provides the smoothest shifting and best fuel economy; flip the shifter to the left into sport mode, and the tachometer springs to life. The lower gears come into play for engine braking and the downshifting going around corners is more noticeable. The third mode lets the driver get on a Formula One groove. Shifting paddles are on both sides of the steering wheel.

CONSUMER REPORTS SAYS: "Blends traditional wood-and-leather luxury with surprising athleticism. Handling is quite nimble, especially considering the comfortable and gracious ride."

About the car

Price: $74,835 base

Engine: 4.2 liter 300 hp V-8

Transmission: 6-speed automatic with three shifting modes

Brakes: 4-wheel antilock

Miles per gallon: 18 city/21 highway

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