BIG CAT keeps ri­vals in check

PETER BARN­WELL takes a quick squiz at the new Jaguar XFR.

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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

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