The 2012 Jaguar XFR is one fashionable, and one very hungry cat. The sharp sport design of the XFR with the plush leather that covers every inch of upholstery makes this Jaguar one very attractive car.
When we took the Jaguar XFR for a spin, we were not surprised by the growl that this cat possessed. The Supercharged V8, 385 horsepower engine and 380 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 RPMs, brought a huge smile to our faces, like we were up to something mischievous. We have driven the XF model before, and with no major changes from the prior model – we knew exactly what to expect. Better yet, we were anxious to watch this big cat sprint. Specifications state that it can hit 60 miles per hour from a standstill in just under 4.5 seconds, we didn’t have the luxury to test this statistical value – but just by opening it up on the freeway mid-day, the acceleration was clean, and without a hiccup.
This large rear-wheel drive Jag can reach impressive speeds without a challenge. Even with all that power under the hood, some of the most impressive features of the Jaguar XFR is its styling, its sleek design, and subtle curvature. The quarter panel vents help to distinguish the large Jag as a high-performance sedan. Then the grill is bold, daring – but incredibly tasteful. The look of the design meets the contemporary necessity for aerodynamics. Even with this design, the one downfall of this kitty is its thirst for gas. It isn’t the most fuel-efficient large sedan, but if you aren’t concerned about the pumps, and want to just have a sedan that is an enjoyable ride, then the Jaguar XFR is always a great choice.
Even for just the means of test driving a Jaguar, we highly recommend it. We were provided a test drive by the folks at Reedman Toll Jaguar, just outside of Philly. If you are in the area, we recommend checking them out at www.reedmantolljaguar.com, and take any of the Jaguar sedans for a quick spin.
Jaguar has released more information on their all electric super car, known as the C-X75. Debuted at the Paris Auto Show, the all new slim lined super car promises heart stopping acceleration, to the tune of 0-60 in 3.4 seconds. So let’s look at how Jaguar achieved supercar performance from an all electric vehicle, a goal trying to be reached by major car manufacturers, like the Lamborghini Electric Super Car and the 700 HP Porsche Hybrid.
The C-X75 is powered by four separate motors, each providing the go juice to a single wheel, to the tune of 200 horse power. So, if my math skills from 2nd grade still hold up, that means the Jaguar electric super car is pumping out a total of 800 hp. Even more amazing is the total torque of over 1,100 lb ft.
Although the Jaguar C-X75 is considered all electric super goodness, it does have the ability to extend it’s electric only range via the use of 2 gasoline turbines. The turbines produce enough electricity for the C-X75 to travel over 550 miles. None of the power to the car ever comes directly from the gasoline turbines, rather the power produced goes to the batteries in the Jag and then to each wheel. Without the aid of the gas turbines, the C-X75 is only capable of about 68 miles.
With the speeds this super car is capable of, the all electric max distance may take just 20 mins to run out of juice. Ha! Count me in.
Trying to compete in the market place with other luxury brands, Jaguar has announced a Free Maintenance program for 2011. Dubbed ‘Platinum Coverage’, the free maintenance program was designed to help compete against the idea that Jaguar maintenance is more expensive than other models. It’s certainly a legitimate concern of consumers and this program will cover routine maintenance costs and offer roadside assistance for 5 years or 50,000 miles.
Unlike most add-on car warranties, the Jaguar Platinum Coverage offers free replacement of normal wear items. Items like oil, filters, brakes, brake pads, fluids, and even wiper inserts will be covered for free. These items were added in response to complaints about the last free maintenance program offered by Jaguar, where parts were not part of the deal.
Jaguar’s Platinum Maintenance Program will only be available on 2011 model year vehicles, which will hit first on the Jaguar XJ models in May. Expect the free maintenance program to roll out fully into the other models sometime in June, when the other 2011’s hit the show room.
Hard to believe, but on average Jaguar only sold about 65,000 vehicles per year. This makes Jaguar a small company, but one dedicated to creating a unique vehicle, elite, with keys being hold by only an elite few. However, some industry experts believe that Jaguar got away from it’s roots in recent years, perhaps a reason why Ford sold them off last year. Now, the company you used to love is now being run by an Indian company known as Tata. (not see you later. -ed)
There are some automobile journalists that have recently driven the all new 2010 Jaguar XFR and believe despite it’s new ownership, this is Jaguar’s return to it’s roots. The 2010 XFR is the answer to start selling more than 65,000 vehicles per year.
Without question the 2010 Jaguar XFR is a sexy beast. It’s an orgy of over 500 horsepower, 460 ft lbs of torque, mounted to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Basically owners will be the fastest to their 8 o’clock Tee Time or basically fastest to wherever. Enjoy the fine lines of the 2010 Jaguar XFR below and be sure to chime in on what your first impressions are.
Upper class rejoice, over paid CEO’s start clapping, and the rest of us, well just look stunned that there was such an award. What Car? is Britains biggest car buying guide and as such hosted their latest Awards ceremony last night in London. The Jaguar XF ran away with the award for the second year running.
WhatCar? editor, Steve Fowler, commented: “Jaguar’s XF is a deserving winner once again – and it’s about to get even better with new, greener engines. The XF is all about style, poise and pace – driving one is always a special occasion and the interior is one of the most dramatic of any car at any price.”
Dramatic is right, considering in the US the Jaguar XF holds a price tag of around $60k, loaded with toys. Most reviewers never tire of the latest 09 XF gadgets like rotating vents and rising gear selectors. For a common man like myself, these options just feel like something else that could break. However, I am not the target audience, it’s the executives and they have to impress their friends some how.
The 2010 XF will be available for ordering now, but dont’ expect to get your money smelling hands on them till around March.
Jaguar rolled out their latest speed demon at the Paris Auto Show, somehow without alerting the neighbors…or the media for that matter. The Jaguar XKR-S is the fastest Jaguar on the road, except for the Jaguar super car XJ220. Which means the XKR-S is capable of 174mph and a 0-60 time of 5.2 flat.
There will be an extremely limited number of the Jaguar XKR-S manufactured, at only 200 this is an elite only car. Also, if you aren’t in the US don’t even worry about finding one, this is a European market only production. Pfft, stupid Paris.
Check out the pics below of the new Jaguar XKR-S.