"Buteo Lagopus" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Re-hi Jaguar folks!
> It's been awhile since my California "Road Trip" post. But I landed in
> Orlando, FL, Yesterday morning and rented the '05 XK8 convertible. I
> put on approx. 200 miles from Orlando to Ocala and back.
> It was another "magic carpet" ride. Although it was raining and I
> didn't get to suntan my way up to Ocala and back, it was fun.
> It was amazing driving at 70+ mph speeds (probably up to 95mph in the
> rain with the feeling of complete traction and control.
> The front end looked great and in the fast lane got the same "get out
> of the way respect" that the XJ8 got at high mph.
> The only downside with the convertible is that with the top up, there
> is a dramatic blindspot in the driver-side rear, to the point where I
> had to severely peek out over my shoulder to see what was clear.
> Naturally top down would be great.
> Didn't listen to the stereo since I didn't where I was going and just
> didn't really need to after listening to the iPod on the flight anyway.
> It had the same feel as the XJ8. Just smaller and sportier, with maybe
> an added year of technology updates and the same transmission with the
> manual throw shifting for fun!!! Especially came in handy since I never
> knew that Florida actually had hills.
> The rear seats are really just for insurance purposes (that put it in a
> lesser sports car class), imho.
> I'd agree with another poster that the XKR would be a nicer ride for
> the money, but for a one day road trip testdrive, again, I loved every
> minute, except not putting down the top and some morning and afternoon
> commute traffic, but, hey... into each life, some rain must fall!
> And it did.
> All the best,