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BMW 650i Races Past Jaguar XK8 in the Edmunds' Inside Line "Battle of the Luxury Coupes" Comparison Test
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — July 7, 2006 — Inside Line, Edmunds' high-speed online car magazine, today announced that the BMW 650i won its latest comparison test of luxury coupes, which is described in full at 2007 Jaguar XK8 Coupe vs. 2006 BMW 650i Coupe.
The tested Jaguar XK8 has an MSRP of $86,125 and is equipped with a standard 4.2-liter, eight-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. The Edmunds.com True Market Value® (TMV®) price of this XK8 model is currently $86,125. The tested BMW 650i Coupe has a sticker price of $81,140 and is equipped with a 4.4-liter, eight-cylinder engine with 360 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. The 650i currently has a TMV of $81,140.
"The BMW performed much better than the Jaguar," recalled Inside Line Executive Editor Scott Oldham. "It also costs less, is much quieter, has a more usable backseat, offers a significantly larger trunk and is built with superior fit and finish."
Oldham also noted, "The Jaguar is a drop-dead gorgeous machine that performs well and offers a high level of comfort. If its lines have you in a magnetic tractor beam, write the check. This car will make you happy."
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Edmunds.com is the premier online resource for automotive information. Its comprehensive set of data, tools and services, including the industry's largest collection of automotive photographs and online videos, is generated by Edmunds.com Information Solutions and is licensed to third parties and used by over 15,000 cars dealers including 98 of the 100 dealers named to the Ward's Dealer Business "e-Dealer 100" list. Perhaps the most popular consumer product, Edmunds.com True Market Value® pricing, is relied upon by millions of people seeking market-reflective valuations for new and used vehicles. The company also supplies content for the auto sections of NYTimes.com, AOL, CNN.com and About.com; provides weekly data to Automotive News; and delivers monthly data reports to Wall Street analysts. In addition, Edmunds.com publishes Inside Line, a free high-speed online magazine for auto enthusiasts, and CarSpace, an automotive lifestyle social networking Web site for anyone with an interest in automobiles. Edmunds.com was named "Best Car Research Site" by Forbes ASAP, has been selected by consumers as the "Most Useful Web Site" according to every J.D. Power and Associates New Autoshopper.com StudySM, was ranked first in the Survey of Car-Shopping Web Sites by The Wall Street Journal and was rated No. 1 in Keynote's study of third-party automotive Web sites. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and maintains a satellite office in suburban Detroit.