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Is the grand tourer class dying? With the stopping of production of the Jaguar XK/XKR/XKR-S in July and no word yet on a replacement, the only other grand tourers in the same price range I can think of are the Maserati Gran Turismo and BMW 6 series and possibly a Mercedes SL (though are convertibles with hard roofs grand tourers in the traditional sense?). Does this mean the grand tourer at the Jaguar XKR price point is dying and you have to spend more on a Aston Martin DB9 or Bentley Continental GT to get the grand tourer experience? Is the whole class/segment withering away not relevant anymore?


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Every other car on the road is a ****box hatchback.

Most people buy crap cars. Fact.
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Isn't the F-type a similar class/price to the XKR?
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Isn't the F-type a similar class/price to the XKR?
Some motor industry commentators/media have said the F Type is more of a sports car compared to the XKR, in the F Type you sit further back in the car and it has two seats only even in the F Type Coupe I believe though I may be mistaken. See the autocar video XK Dynamic R v F Type Coupe R video and the article see here http://m.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-...f-type-r-coupe


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Some motor industry commentators/media have said the F Type is more of a sports car compared to the XKR, in the F Type you sit further back in the car and it has two seats only even in the F Type Coupe I believe though I may be mistaken. See the autocar video XK Dynamic R v F Type Coupe R video and the article see here http://m.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-...f-type-r-coupe


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Fair point. I guess people want that power and performance, but with the practicality of a saloon (M5 etc), or they want a full on sports car (F-Type). Those who could afford the XKR may well be able to afford the saloon and sports car now and so don't have to put up with just one car.
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There isn't much of a demand for GTs, as a sports car they tend to be too heavy and bulky and as an everyday car it tends to be too cramped and impractical.
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