The launch of the new XF was a real success for Jaguar: the first real sports sedan launched by the company caught everyone’s attention starting the very first day.

The XF’s hard points come from the S-Type, which it replaces. But Jaguar is using the V-8 engines, suspension, subframes, six-speed transmission, propeller shaft and differential from the upmarket XJ sedan and XK sports car.

Despite all the parts scrounging, the XF has little in common with the rest of the Jaguar lineup or its predecessor. This could be the car that carries Jaguar into the modern age and out of the wood-and-leather ghetto.

The wheelbase is the same as the S-Type, but the XF is longer and skinnier. Unlike the elegant aluminum structure of the XJ and XK, the XF has a steel shell.

The 4.2-liter V-8 is shared with the rest of the lineup but is slightly retuned for different driving styles. The six-speed automatic transmission from ZF Friedrichshafen is the same as in the other Jags, but gear shifts occur 15 percent faster in the XF.

The base XF’s estimated 0-to-60 time is 6.2 seconds, with a sub-15-second quarter-mile time.

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Source: Automotive News

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