Our fictional bumper-switched Jag XKR is a bargaining Nissan Z alternative

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There are reviews for the 2023 Nissan Z, and they are burning like a foundry furnace. We also know that the Z will start at just 39,990, but from that base version each car will share some Punchi 400 hp (406 PS) bi-turbo V6. All we have to do now is sit back and wait for our orders to be fulfilled.

This is going to take a little longer than expected due to production delays, but North American Z fans should start getting their cars by the end of the summer. Although in Europe, where I am based, we are not getting Z at all. And while we get Nissan’s eternal rival, the Toyota Supra, it’s not cheap.

An entry-level 2.0-liter, four-cylinder UK-spec supra priced at £ 47,505. That’s the equivalent of 59,400. And the 3.0-liter six-cylinder car translates 55,880 to $ 69,850. Sadly, this is nothing new. Most cars on this side of the Atlantic seem to be more expensive, but Jaguar is not used. There are mountains of things here and they are dirty cheap with 2006-2014 XK coupe.

Remember the second generation XK? It looked like an Aston Martin DB9 because it was designed by former Aston designer Ian Callum. It was launched in 2006 with the naturally ambitious 4.2-liter V8 making 296 hp (300 PS), but things got even more interesting in 2007 when the Jag added an R to the badge and a supercharger to the motor, increasing the power to 414 hp (420). . PS).

Related: 2023 Nissan Z starts at 39,990 in US, lowers Supra 3.0 by 12,925

I piled miles on these cars when they were new and great to drive, especially the XKR, which according to the car and driver can reach 60 mph (97 km / h) in its original size in 4.5 seconds and 4.0 in 2009 the engine was 5.0-liter and 503 Second flat after upgrading to hp (510 PS). However, you can buy a starting car in the UK for no more than £ 10,000 (equivalent to $ 12,500).

Concerns about the Jaguar electric Gremlin (even the new cars were bad for it) you may not want to do this. But you’ll probably see that awful front end with a 70-year-old and a big Beatles-era closing. XK has been around since the time when Jaguar had just begun to get out of retro design with cars like the X-Type, S-Type and XJ, and the process was as frustratingly slow as the design boss column. To see the rest of us.

The XK was a fairly crisp, modern-looking GT until you get to the front end of the hood, when it suddenly came out in the 1960s with an oval grille that didn’t fit the car perfectly, but was conceived to keep the jags old, conservative buyers happy . Facelifted cars looked a bit better after 2011, but it was still an awkward mix-mash of style, with bumper paint underneath the limited edition XKR-S GT (pictured above) in an attempt to distract you from the Oval Grill. Black was only partially successful.

Fix the grille with the bumper, I always thought, and you can fix the car. And I’m not the only one who thinks this. A UK company called Grantly Design will transform your XK into something that looks a lot like an F-Type, but is a fairly involved method for removing new headlights, bumpers, fenders, seal covers and £ 10k ($ 12.5k) from your bank. Need. Account

That could be one-tenth the cost of buying a David Brown Automotive Speedback, an XKR modernized Aston DB6, but it’s still a lot of money to spend on a relatively inexpensive used car. So how about a simple bumper conversion that captures real lights and fenders? Something bold, modern and boxy that brings XK up to date? Well, the grills don’t get more boxer than the new 2023 Nissan Z (above).

Related: The Jaguar XKR-S was a British version of a muscle car

Or if a little Too much Try it with the front bumper from Square, Toyota GR86 (pictured below) or adapt the existing bumper to take the grill from Jag’s own F-type (pictured below), which we think works really well.

Obviously, a new nose doesn’t solve all the other problems with the 10-15 year old Jag Coupe, including the awesome infotainment system, ugly steering wheel and small rear seats (although none of the Z’s). And in the US, where used XKR-S starts at around 20k, Jag is not a bargain. So we’re not proposing an XK with a ton of fiberglass bolts on the front end that is a real alternative to the brand new Nissan Z. This simple change, however, will certainly help bring a serious underrated, but unfortunately rather unhealthy, GT up to date. . And don’t forget, there was also a convertible version.

Think you can design a good bumper conversion for the forgotten XK? Show us your work! Or maybe you think of some other one-time great car that can be saved from obscurity with some light remodeling. Let us know in the comments.

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