First Test Drive Of The 2015 Lincoln MKC
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Jaguar v Germany Dust-up: XF v BMW 550i v MB E550 v Audi A6
We regret to inform you that the era of the V8-powered midsize luxury sport
sedan could be over. Gas prices aren't the problem; instead, it's the
impending federal fuel-economy standards that could spell the end of these
luxurious street sleepers.
So this meeting of the 2008 Audi A6 4.2, 2008 BMW 550i, 2009 Jaguar XF
Supercharged and 2008 Mercedes-Benz E550 might represent the end of an era.
Under the new rules, shoving big V8s into midsize sedans will become a
questionable prospect even for luxury brands. Without massive price
increases, only the most expensive flagship models will be able to offer
thirsty eight-cylinder engines, leaving the smaller sedans to get by with
six cylinders or worse.
With that prospect looming, we figured a comparison of the current crop of
V8 midsize European luxury sedans was in order. They may not have much of a
future, but they offer some of the best combinations of luxury, prestige
and completely unnecessary horsepower you can get —
Jaguar XF 2010 - AutoWeek Review
Jaguar XF 2010 - AutoWeek
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AutoWeek Associate Publisher, Dutch Mandel takes us on a tour of the Jaguar
XF. The XF is Jaguar's new luxury sport sedan.
2010 Jaguar XF Supercharged
Base Price: $68,000
As-Tested Price: $68,000
Drivetrain: 5.0-liter supercharged V8; RWD, six-speed automatic
Output: 470 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 424 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm
Curb Weight: 4,306 lb
Fuel Economy: (EPA/AW) 17/19.8 mpg
Even after being around for a couple of years, the XF hasn't lost any of
its street appeal. Back when we had our long-termer, I would constantly get
stopped and asked about the sexy cat at grocery store parking, gas stations
and everywhere else. And why wouldn't people ask about it? I mean, look at
it! The car is gorgeous.
Sure enough, when I got gas last night I was once again asked about the
slick looking feline. This time it was a slightly tipsy gentleman who
stumbled out of the pub next door to purchase some cigarettes from the gas
station. Maybe it was the beer goggles that made the car look 300 pounds
lighter, but he stood in front of the car stunned and continually told me
how beautiful it was. He asked about the price, how it drove and how much
horsepower it had.
Speaking of horsepower, this test car is
packing a more potent punch compared to our long-termer. For the 2010 model
year, Jag slid in a new engine under the hood of the XF. Replacing the
previous 4.2-liter supercharged V8 is a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 for an
increase of 50 hp to 470 and small bump in torque of 11-lb-ft to 424. The
lightning quick ZF automatic gearbox remains, which is a good thing.
The extra power is noticeable from the first throttle mash and pushes the
car well past posted speed limits in short order. The car remains light on
its feet with quick response to steering inputs and the suspension keeping
the car well planted in all situations. Brakes return instant grab.
I'm still mildly entertained by the handshake at start-up with the opening
vents and raising shift knob from the center console. What I still don't
like much is the center touch screen that controls functions navigation,
sound, heated/cooled seats and steering and etc. Going between menu screens
still includes a screen wipe that saps precious seconds from your life that
you will never get back, and it requires you to sometimes have pinpoint
accuracy when using it. It's not something that would make me not recommend
the car, but it's an annoyance.
The New Jaguar: 2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged by Inside Line
Bruised and bloodied, Jaguar's fate now rests in the hands of Indian
automaker Tata. The only certainty of its future is that it is uncertain.
Now forget about all that. Turn your attention to the product, which is
ultimately the most critical aspect of an automaker's success. Here we have
the 2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged, purportedly ready to do battle with the
big German sedans like the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class,
cars that know the luxury sedan game.
Only time will tell the story of Jaguar as it enters the next phase of its
existence, but we can peek a few pages forward simply by testing the fruits
of its labor.