Supercars On A $50,000 Budget: A Supercharged British Dream Coupe

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Before there was the F-Type, there was the XKR.

The Jaguar F-Type is an item of desire for car enthusiasts. At $61,400, it's certainly not a cheap ride, but one look at it will make you thankful you spent the money. Unveiled as a 2014 model, early F-Type models have already depreciated below the $50,000 mark that we use on this segment. For less than $50,000, most we found had less than 30,000 miles on them. For that, you will get a 3.0-liter V6 with 340 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Amazingly, if you do enough searching, you can even find an F-Type that is Certified Pre-Owned from Jaguar. The grey model that we discovered in Miami is offered for $49,000 with 32,000 miles on it. Getting an F-Type for less than $50,000 sounds like an amazing deal, but perhaps a 340 horsepower V6 doesn't really impress you much. That is why we went digging for an even more powerful Jaguar for even less money. Located in Pennsylvania, we chose a 2009 Jaguar XKR with just 25,000 miles. The car is being sold by Rayco Eurospec Motorcars for just $38,9000. That is more than $10,000 under our $50,000 budget, and it's not like you're getting less car as a result.

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The XKR was Jaguar's top of the line sports coupe before the F-Type came out. Back in 2009, it came powered by a 4.2-liter supercharged V8 with 420 horsepower. The XKR was more of a luxury cruiser than an all out sports car, but if you think that the F-Type's crazy exhaust might get old after a while, the XKR might be the perfect alternative. Everyone marvels at how good the F-Type looks, but lets not forget, the XKR was quite a looker as well. If the 2009 model that we chose is a little too old for your taste, we also dug up a newer 2012 model painted in British Racing Green with only 14,000 miles and an asking price of $49,995. Now that's what we call a bargain.

The 2012 XKR might be over $10,000 more expensive, but the newer 5.0-liter supercharged V8 produces 90 more horsepower for a total of 510. Throughout its life, the XK was gradually updated and we think that the latter models look amazing even when parked next to the stunning F-Type. If you want an F-Type, but the rather small trunk, lack of back seat, bumpy ride, or obnoxious exhaust have made you hesitant, just remember, there are plenty of pre-owned XKRs out there.


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