These are not easy times for car enthusiasts. Gas prices are up, legislative mandates keep coming, and almost all the good stuff is seriously expensive. Once in a while it's nice to see how someone in the industry still understand and care about us car guys and gals. Mazda did that recently; Now, so does Jaguar, in deep steampunk glory.

If there is one company that gets the idea of soulfulness in a vehicle, it's Jaguar. The big cats are still around because of the company's ability to produce cars that defy rational considerations with pure emotional indulgence. Those terribly elegant rolling manifestations of English style and Le Mans history more than make up for outdated quibbles about reliability.

If this doesn't make you feel a bit better about life and driving, you need to go someplace else.