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.
Battle of the Bimmers: BMW M3 v BMW 135i v BMW 335i
Before you start sending us flaming e-mails complaining that a comparison
between the 2008 Audi S5 and the 2008 BMW M3 Coupe is an obvious mismatch
from the get-go, you should know a few things.
Our first full test of the $53,000, all-wheel-drive 2008 Audi S5 was a bit
of a revelation. With a 354-horsepower version of Audi's
direct-injection 4.2-liter V8 under its hood, the voluptuous Audi S5 ran a
13.3-second quarter-mile at 104 mph, just 0.1 second and 2 mph shy of the
420-hp 2007 Audi RS4 sedan. What's more, the S5's slalom speed is within a
couple mph of the harsh-riding RS-spec sedan. "It ran a 13.3? With that
kind of speed, who needs a $67,000 RS4?" we asked ourselves.
We believe so strongly in the 2008 Audi S5 that it earned our Inside Line's
inaugural Editors' Choice Award.
So we acquired (hastily perhaps) another 2008 Audi S5 and set it against
the new 2008 BMW M3 Coupe, a car now fortified with V8 power for the first
time. Speed-reading the specifications sheets of these two cars, they seem
like natural rivals: the 354-hp, all-wheel-drive 2008 Audi S5 measured
against the 414-hp, rear-wheel-drive 2008 BMW M3.
But as it turns out, we gave the 2008 Audi S5 a bigger challenge than we
had initially intended.
Top 5 mid-sized luxury sedans reviewed
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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.
2012 Audi A8 L versus Jaguar XF Mashup Drag Race Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2012 Audi A8L and the 2012 Jaguar XF are two
of the best luxury cars that you can purchase today. They both have
powerful V8 engines that put out about the same amount of power. but which
of these premium luxury cars is the fastest in a straight line. It is the
German flagship Audi or the British newcomer Jag. Watch this TFLcar mashup
drag race review to find out which car wins the drag race.
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?
2014 Audi A6 TDI vs. 2014 BMW 535d xDrive
Diesel luxury sedan shootout
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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
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Jaguar XF Review and Drive
The Jaguar XF is a exceptional vehicle that has many great features. Even
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2015 Ford F-350 & F-450 Super Duty: Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know
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Power Stroke Diesel pickups are the most powerful trucks in their class.
With best in class torque Ford has upped the ante above both the Ram
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finds out almost everything you ever wanted to know about the new 2015
Ford F-350 & F-450 Super Duty pickups.
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The Jaguar XF-RS HATES tires
The Smoking Tire finds a remote corner of the Mojave desert to test the
fastest four-door Jaguar money can buy, the XF-RS. It has a 550 HP
Supercharged V8, a sticky set of tires, and a giant wing, but is that
enough to unseat the M5, Audi's RS7, or the E63 from the top of the sedan
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Jeremy Clarkson races the new Jaguar XJ against something even bigger and
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Bugatti Veyron vs BMW M3
An airstrip drag race between a Bugatti Veyron and Dutch racing driver
Ho-Pin Tung in a new E92 M3.
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