While looking like a car that costs at least twice as much, the 2006 Jaguar XK Coupe (starts at $70,500) brings the luxury sports car goods at a semi-reasonable price. This ride comes with Automatic climate control, a 320-watt Alpine premium sound system, and 12-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger standard — and it doesn't skimp on power, either, featuring a 294-horsepower 4.2-liter V8. We could definitely see Bond driving it in his next adventure — that is, if they ever get around to making it.
The first car we featured on Uncrate was a Civic Si, the 2005 hatchback model. Honda has only had time to improve the formula since then, and the result is the 2006 Civic Si Coupe ($TBA). With a 197 horsepower i-VTEC engine, 17” alloy wheels, a 350-watt 7-speaker sound system, aluminum and leather trim, and safety features such as front, side, and side curtain airbags, it’s the best Si yet. Sealing the deal for us, however, is the optional satellite-linked navigation system and iPod adapter — now we just have to hope Santa brings us one when they become available in December.
We really only have one thing to say about the new Pontiac Solstice (starting at $20,000) — this is hands down the most beautiful car you will ever see at this kind of price. Pontiac won't be able to make them fast enough. The rear-wheel drive roadster has body styling to die for, a wide stance with sports suspension, and a 2.4 liter Ecotec 4-cylinder engine that delivers 177 hp. It's also got an Aisin short throw 5-speed manual transmission, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and an available Eurostyle two-tone leather interior. The word Solstice should mean value from now on.