POSTED: Monday, January 4, 2010 - 10:33pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 11:42am
The latest in a sexy line...
Let’s just keep this between us, but to be absolutely honest, I have been having an affair this week. But when you look at the new Jaguar XF Supercharged sedan, can you blame me?
To me, Jaguar will always be the storied marque that won LeMans and redefined aerodynamics in racing. Then came the legendary models, the XK-120 and the ultimate Jaguar, the E-Type.
Our test car, the XF belongs in their company. Replacing the S-Type in the lineup, it redefines what a four-door Jag is supposed to be. Oh, they were always sporting sedans, practically inventing that category, but now they look like sleek coupes with an extra set of doors in the back.
Inside, though, it is typically Jaguar, with a dose of gee-whiz gadgetry. The ignition is keyless, and when you press the starter button, the gearshift, which is a round dial, rises up. The air vents also swivel out from their positions in the burlwood dash. It’s all very slick and probably expensive to repair.
The best wood, leather and Wilton wool carpeting grace the interior, which is resembles some kind of upscale English gentlemen’s club, no, not that kind, the snotty Lord so-and-so kind.
Under the hood, a 4.2-liter V8 cranks out 300 horsepower in the base model, but add supercharging and that number jumps up to 420 ponies and the 0-60 times drops from 6.2 seconds to 5.1.
The car is glued to the road with adaptive suspension wizardry and huge, 20-inch wheels. All that and it still gets…well it gets pretty lousy mileage, averaging 15 miles per gallon for our week, but admittedly, I had trouble keeping my foot off the “go” pedal.
The base XF starts at around $50,000 and our loaded supercharged model came to 68-large.
Now, to buy a prettier four door, you’d have to look at the Bentley Continental, which costs 4 times as much. That makes the Jaguar XF a positive bargain.