Jay Leno isn’t the only one lucky enough to get behind the wheel of the 510 HP Jaguar XF-R, thanks to our local Jaguar fleet service Top Speed has just received a brand new Indigo Blue version of the now Indian automaker’s high performance four door. The crown jewel of the XF-R is the new 5.0 Liter supercharged V8 that makes over 500 ground pounding horses and takes the XF from 0 to 60 MPH in as little as 4.7 seconds and can complete the standing quarter mile in just over 13.0 seconds.
The XF-R sets itself apart from lesser XF models thanks to Jaguar’s aero performance design that includes a new lower hanging front bumper with a larger mesh grille and functional cutouts in the hood to allow a little hot air to vent. The sides of the car sit lower to the ground thanks to a set of restyled side skirts and out back the XF-R receives a subtle trunk mounted spoiler to go along with the distinctive R badge. One of the nicest touches included by the Jaguar design team are the 20 inch Nevis alloy wheels that clearly spell out that this XF is something special.
On the inside our XF-R is a step up from the standard model. There is the same familiar wood grain, but this time the seats are much more bolstered and are covered in a combination of London Tan and Charcoal leather that makes a set of seats that are as nice to look at as they are to sit in. Jaguar has kept the familiar dial style gear selector, but we have a hard time imagining it in any other setting aside from Sport. If you have ever been inside of an XF you know just how plush and luxurious the cabin can be, the XF-R takes it a step further and adds in a little taste of sport.
It is no secret that Jay Leno rides amongst a distinct group of automotive enthusiasts who is privileged enough to experience some of the best vehicles in the world. It appears that when the late night television comedian stopped by to unveil the latest generation Jaguar XJ luxury limousine that the self proclaimed president of the more money than brains club decided that he wanted to try out the company’s latest high performance sedan, the Jaguar XF-R.
It is only fitting that Jay, being such a gear head, persuaded the Jaguar PR folks to let him get behind the wheel of a 2010 XF-R powered by a supercharged 5.0 Liter V8 making an astonishing 510 HP. Now Mr. Leno is no stranger to big horsepower numbers, his turbocharged tank car is evidence enough of that, but it could be the added luxury and comfort that come along with high performance machine that the late night host was really eager to experience. That is one of the benefits of being a world renowned celebrity, all Jay had to do was spend a little time entertaining the XJ crowd and then he got to enjoy the XF-R all he wanted, and we thought our jobs were good.
When Jaguar introduced their replacement for the now defunct S type with the new XFthe only thing they were missing was the blower, well the now Indian automaker has solved that problem with the Jaguar XF Supercharged. From our test car’s Radiance Metallic red paint, to the stylish 20 inch rims, the exterior of our XF Supercharged is an eye catcher. The interior features a few new tricks that are promised never get old. Te seats are comfortable and the ride is smooth, but what sets this 420 HP Jaguar apart from the rest is its supercharged 4.2 Liter V8 engine that when combined with the six speed automatic transmission, allows our XF to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.1 seconds. Can Jaguar sell enough of these high performance sports sedans to up and coming car shoppers starting at around $63,000 in order to keep a good thing going, we can only wait and see.
Watch out British bad guys, because the fuzz is after you, in style. Jaguar has just released their first ever, police spec XF. With an average fuel economy of 42 MPG, this diesel powered Jaguar XF is the perfect vehicle for outlasting criminals in a high speed pursuit. The 3.0 Liter turbo diesel V6 makes around 270 HP and is enough to launch the police cruiser from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.9 seconds. The police spec XF was chosen due to the vehicle’s very high level of performance and handling, as well as safety and comfort. Geoff Cousins, UK Managing Director for Jaguar Cars, said that “Police forces are looking for vehicles that represent value for money, have good environmental credentials and deliver the power and performance required of a pursuit vehicle.”
Our friends from the English magazine AutoCar have put the factory hot rod, Jaguar XF-R, to the test around the Millbrook circuit. They have tested the vehicle’s top speed, straight line acceleration, handling and even the Jaguar’s ability to leap, no seriously, check it out.
When Jaguar first started showing off its 2010 XKR and XFR earlier this year, we were pretty excited. After all, both cars would now get 90 extra horsepower stuffed into bodies we already liked for their the handsome British looks.
We weren’t the only ones. Most of the press seemed to latch on to the new 5.0-liter V8 engine and didn’t pick up on the other improvements that make these two R-cars all-around performers. Jaguar has picked up on this and is going across the country to give the XKR and XFR a proper introduction.
It’s a seven-city journey called the Jaguar Legendary Performance Tour. This invite-only occasion allows Jag owners as well as owners of competitor cars to come out to local raceways across the country and put the R-cars through the ringer. Didn’t get your invite in the mail? Don’t worry Jaguar let us smoke the tires on the 510 hp XKR and XFR at Palm Beach International Raceway before the guests had a chance to flog them.
What?! Jaguar is going to ruin the the XF’s beautiful lines with a wagon?
Yup, and it makes sense too.
While many U.S. consumers see the the station wagon body as some form of castration, much of the rest of the world has embraced the functionality of the “estate” body. This is especially present in England, and since that’s Jaguar’s home turf, the XF is a likely candidate to replace the departing X-Type wagon.
Jag will show off the XF wagon at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September to gauge the public’s reaction. To sweeten the deal a little more, the car that will be at the show will likely have the 510 hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8 from the XFR. In that form, this wagon can take on the likes of the Audi RS6 Avant and BMW M5 Touring.
We just saw the updates to Jaguar’s XF and XK lines last month in Detroit, and now they are about ready to hit the streets. Jaguar had just announced 2010 pricing for the U.S. on both lines.
The XF will now start at $52,000 (up about $2,025 from 2009) and top out with the fastest Jaguar ever, the 510 hp XFR at $80,000. For the XK line, the coupe will start at $83,000 and convertible goes for $89,000. Change the engine to the 510 hp supercharged XKR and pricing goes up to $96,000 for the coupe and $102,000 for the convertible.