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 — for now.
Can Jag Beat BMW? Jaguar XF vs BMW 550i @ the Track
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Last May, the newly introduced Jaguar XF surprised us. It went head to
head with the best midsize luxury sedans from Germany and came out on top.
It was fast, comfortable and surprisingly competent through turns, but of
course, that was the top-of-the-line supercharged model.
For 2010, the Jaguar XF gets a pair of all-new 5.0-liter V8s: one normally
aspirated in the XF Premium, the other supercharged in the new XFR. We'll
test an XFR soon, but today Inside Line is the first to take the new
non-supercharged 5.0-liter-powered 2010 Jaguar XF Premium to the test
track. Rated at 385 horsepower and 380
pound-feet of torque it's not quite as powerful as the former 4.2-liter
supercharged V8, but it's close.
To see just how close, we brought back a 2009 BMW 550i to see how the new
Jag stacks up when it's not getting help from a Supercharger. Given that the BMW is giving up 25
hp and 20 lb-ft of torque, we expected a close contest - and got one.
Euro-Clash: Mercedes E550 Sport vs. BMW 550i Sport vs. Jaguar XF Premium
2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Sport vs. 2009 BMW 550i Sport vs. 2010 Jaguar XF
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Building an ideal executive-style luxury sedan is not an easy task for a
carmaker. If the car turns out too soft and isolated, you lose enthusiasts
who aren't quite ready to retire in a Lexus. Too complex or high-strung and
you risk alienating your technology-challenged, soft-in-the-middle buyers
who expect a measure of mindless comfort. Get the balance just right, and
your five-passenger $60,000 midsize sedan will both impress with remarkable
dynamics and indulge with palpable comfort.
We've gathered three such vehicles for this comparison: the 2009 BMW 550i,
2010 Jaguar XF Premium and 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Sport.
The 2009 BMW 550i is widely regarded as the benchmark among sporting luxury
sedans with its imposing modern design, 360-horsepower 4.8-liter V8 and
legendary sporting dynamics. For a car that's been around for five years,
its reputation remains consistently impressive.
All-new in '09, the Jaguar XF now is available in a midlevel model, and
this Jaguar XF Premium includes not only a new 385-hp direct-injection
5.0-liter V8 but also more standard features. Riding a 1st-place finish
from the last time we collected four similar cars in 2008, the Brit car
should be taken seriously.
The new-generation 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Sport stands a very good chance
of improving on its previous 3rd-place finish. Sure, the 382-hp 5.5-liter
V8 is a carryover item from the outgoing E-Class, yet Mercedes-Benz has
spent a considerable sum to refine this ninth-generation E-Class into a car
meant to define this segment of sedans.
Nissan Beats Porsche? 2009 Nissan GT-R (U.S.-Spec)
For a few seconds, you give in to the spectacle of driving a 2009 Nissan
GT-R. This car attracts its own entourage and then takes you along for the
ride. It's not just the Skyline mystique, either. It's the fact that even
in production sheet metal, the R35 GT-R looks like a one-off concept stolen
from a Southern California design studio. It has as many hard contours as a
Porsche 911 has soft curves. You have the key fob, and still you ogle it.
Soon, though, you point the GT-R down an on-ramp and plant the throttle.
The effortless brutality with which the 2009 Nissan GT-R gathers speed is
what you'll describe to your friends — once everyone's tired of talking
about the styling, that is.
What you won't tell them is that you suspect your supercar might be a
sociopath. It doesn't flow around corners like your E46 BMW M3 did, nor
does it transmit feedback through the steering wheel for the sheer pleasure
Instead, the 2009 Nissan GT-R bends asphalt to its will. When it talks to
you about tire grip, you get the feeling it's only bothering because you're
part of its great plan to break free of the Earth's orbit. Should it ever
achieve this, you imagine that its conversation will cease and it will
simply expel you into the airless void. Until then, though, you have the
BMW & Benz Rev Up @ the Track - BMW 750Li and Mercedes S550
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These are the big guns from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Well, not the biggest
guns, but with prices near or above the $100,000 range, they're big enough.
The BMW 750Li is all-new for 2009 and looking better than ever. Its 400-horsepower twin-turbo V8 makes it the closest thing to a
"Motorsport" 7 Series we have ever seen. The Mercedes-Benz S550 is getting
a face-lift next year, but the current model has held up well. And with a
of its own, it doesn't give up much to the new BMW.
One look at the track numbers and you'll be amazed what these 2.25-ton
sedans can do. From 13-second quarter-mile sprints to 110-foot stops from
60 mph, these two sedans are perfect examples of what can be accomplished
when money is no object. Full details after the jump.
Top 5 mid-sized luxury sedans reviewed
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) What's the best mid-sized luxury sedan that you
can buy today? We at TFLcar are lucky to drive a different car every week
so we've had the chance to drive many (if not most) the best mid-sized
luxury sedan on the market. Here are the top 5 mid-sized sedans that we've
driven in 2011.
2013 Lexus GS350 vs Jaguar XF Mashup Review: And the best sport luxury sedan is...?
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2013 Lexus GS350 is all new and completely
redesigned from the ground up. Gone is the stodgy car of old replaced by a
much more passionate and sporty Lexus. The 2012 Jaguar XF has gotten a
minor facelift but the heart of the car remains the same with a 385 HP V8
under the hood. Both of these cars drive for that perfect balance of sport
performance and opulent luxury so which one is better? Check out another
unique TFLcar mashup review as we compare the two luxury sedans to see
which one deserves to be called the best sport luxury sedan.
2012 Audi A6 versus BMW 535i review: And the best luxury sedan is...
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The new BMW 535i has almost always been the
benchmark for all other mid-sized luxury sedans. But for 2012 the all new
Audi A6 is taking direct aim at the BMW buyer as well as the 535i. The Audi
brings to the table a 310 HP supercharged powerplant, an 8 speed automatic
transmission and of course Quattro all-wheel-drive. But to not to be
outdone the BMW has all of the same stuff but instead of a supercharged
engine it comes with a turbo. So which
one is the better car?
2012 Audi A7 vs. 2011 Jaguar XJ vs. 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550
Meet the 2012 Audi A7, 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550, and 2011 Jaguar XJ -- the
automotive equivalent of haute couture. We take the three luxo sedans out
to determine which one is the best all-around sedan.
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New Supercharged V6 Jaguar XF and XJ First Drive AWD Tech Demo and Review: 2013
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The newly revised Jaguar XF and XJ may look the
same for the 2013 model year but it's what under the skin that makes them
all new. First and foremost is a new super charged 3.0L that produced 340
the previous generation of both cars in the United States you can now have
your Jaguar with a V6. But perhaps what's more important to Jaguar is that
both cars now feed power to all four wheels instead of just the back two.
This means that Jaguar can directly compete with cars from other premium
brands like Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. In this exclusive TFLcar video we
are hosted by Jaguar in snowy Quebec to see just how well the newest
awl-wheel-drive Jaguar handle the snow and freezing rain of the Great White
2013 Jaguar XF 2.0T - WINDING ROAD POV Test Drive
Read our thoughts on the 2013 Jaguar XF 2.0T here:
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headphones. The audio in this video was recorded with binaural microphones
that, when played back through headphones, give the feel of 3D sound. Trick
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2014 BMW M5 Competition vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Model! - Head 2 Head Ep. 44
On this episode of Head 2 Head Jonny Lieberman is joined by Mike Shaffer
and two extremely potent hyper sedans, the 2014 BMW M5 Competition and the
2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Model. Between the two of them, these two
mighty Germans produce 1152horsepower and 1092
pound-feet of torque. On paper. After a day of horsing around/testing
Shaffer and Lieberman grow suspicious of each twin-turbo V-8's actual output. So, they take them to
the Dyno gurus at K&N
engineering to learn what's what. The results very well may shock and amaze
you. However, the boys come to the conclusion that numbers are only exactly
that: only numbers, and numbers only matter so much. One true test of a
super sedan is how it handles a twisting stretch of tarmac. The other is
how much you yearn for the car after you've walked away from it. How much
the keys itch in your pocket. While the results are definitive, this Head 2
Head is much closer than most. Have a watch!
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Audi A6 3.0 TDI vs BMW 530 d vs Mercedes E 320 CDI
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Audi A6 3.0 TDI vs BMW 530 d vs Mercedes E 320 CDI BMW has released a 40
second teaser video for the Concept X1 compact sport activity vehicle
(SAV), which makes its debut later this week in Paris. Produced with
elements of skateboarding, graffiti and hip hop beats, BMW is clearly
trying to reach young urban individuals. No longer considered rebellious or
anti-establishment, these sub-cultures have a firm hold on mainstream and
pop-culture around the world. Sure, these types of trendy marketing tactics
always make us cringe, but BMW seems to have identified the once wielding
skateboarders from the turn of the millennium as potential clients. With
consideration to their new position in the workforce and potential
disposable income, we tend to see BMW's angle.
Back in early August we showed first spy photos of an SLR McLaren Roadster
722 prototype just outside of AMG premises in Germany, and now Mercedes has
announced its world debut in Paris this week. Based on the SLR Roadster
with a 722 Edition upgrade, the fabric soft top super car is limited to 150
units, and will be built in the same facilities, McLaren's Formula 1
workshops in Woking, England, as all previous
compare it! Audi A6 - BMW 5 - Mercedes E-Class | drive it!
Luxury cars were easier to choose back in the past. Earlier, people who
wanted comfort and class bought a Mercedes. Those who preferred a more
sporty, but still comfortable car went for a BMW. Now, Audi has entered the
luxury race as well, with the A6. Can it beat the long-time top-class
leaders from Stuttgart and Munich?drive it! compares the Audi A6, Mercedes
E-Class and the BMW 5, all equipped with similar 6-cylinder 300 horsepower engines. Watch
drive it! to find out which of the luxury sedans gets the checkered flag.
2007 Audi A6 4.2 Review
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the 350hp 4.2l V8 taken from the S4. It's brilliant black on ebony leather
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