BIG CAT keeps rivals in check
PETER BARNWELL takes a quick squiz at the new Jaguar XFR.
styling equipment and performance upgrades lift it to a 0much higher level.
AREAL autobahn express, the new Jaguar XFR has to contend with a couple of hot-shot V10s in the Audi RS6 and BMW M5 (also the V8 powered Benz E63AMG out soon).
But the Jag does so effectively with its supercharged 5.0-litre V8. Giddy-up.
No need for more poke from the supercharged, 5.0-litre, direct injection V8 with a hairy chested 375kW/625Nm output.
Acceleration at any speed is blindingly quick, boot it and look out. A 0-100kmh sprint takes 4.9 seconds.
Engine also boasts variable valve timing, low friction internals and a twin vortex supercharger with twin intercoolers.
They help it attain 12.5-litres/100km fuel economy. Drive goes to the rear wheels through a slick shifting six speed auto with paddle shift.
The XFR has tricky electronic differential and adaptive damper control to sharpen up ride/handling/response.
The quicker steering ratio and bigger brakes are right up to the task, allow pin-point accuracy and sure stopping.
The XFR rides on huge 20in tyres with machine-like alloys.
Even though it doesn’t get dual mode exhaust, it has a lovely exhaust rumble but is not loud enough in my books.
Basically styled as a four door coupe, it seats five at a pinch.
The large boot is welcome, and overall features are extensive.
Inside the XFR is a big step away from traditional Jag treatment – moving into modern idiom with metal and leather fascia, suede roof lining, blue backlit instruments, killer audio with integrated iPOd, funky pop up dial for gear selector, push button start and touch screen controller.
Our test car had gorgeous cream leather and sporty seats in striking blue.
Body enhancements include a rear spoiler, side sills, larger air scoops at the front and mesh grille. Four exhaust tips hang out the back.
The XFR weighs in at 1891kg, about 150kg more than XKR with which it shares powertrains.
It provides an impressive drive with quick reflexes, dynamite brakes and awesome get out of corners.
Rapid in tight point and squirt driving, it is blistering on the open road.
This car is the second generation of the XF range with styling equipment and performance upgrades that lift it to much higher level. It can be driven sedately just like a luxury limo – smooth, silent, sophisticated.
Despite the longish body, it has a smaller cabin than expected but it still looks impressive from all angles, particularly the side profile and front three quarter. VERDICT: Superb driver’s car, looks imposing, goes like a shot, tidy handling, generous-size luxury kit, thousands under direct competitors.
Sophisticated: The second generation Jaguar XFR