The brand new 2012 Jaguar XFR
This 2012 Jaguar XFR is one finely dressed assassin. With elegant white paint that shines and looks sporty and a dark, leather-laden interior, this XFR is spot-on as to how I would spec out a Jaguar-if I ever have the means to acquire one.
I was supremely impressed with the cabin, which has pleasing touch points everywhere. I mean, everywhere. The leather on the doors, the headliner and the white stitching made a Mercedes-Benz that I drove recently look pedestrian. Add in the carbon-fiber veneer that bisects the dash, and you have one stately interior. It’s hard not to like a sinister, jet-black interior in an athletic-endeavoring luxury sedan. It makes the correct statement that this is expensive, but it’s there to be driven. Just in comfort.
Speaking of that, dialing up dynamic mode from a button in the center console adds a bit more response to the car, though it’s fine in the base setting. This supercharged V8 is a rocket, achieving irrational speeds effortlessly. The transmission is generally smooth, though the kickdowns can be a touch unsettling. With tornado warnings in the area on the night I piloted this Jag, the ground was generally wet, which meant some outrageously fun tire spinning for me.
The XFR is a big car, and it handles well. Personally I like large, rear-wheel-drive sedans, so this luxury liner’s dynamics are tailored my tastes. I’ve been impressed with Jag’s styling, with the raked C-pillar, subtle curves and elegant styling cues such as the quarter-panel vents and tasteful yet bold grille. This is a smart, contemporary look for Jaguar. Add in the dark wheels, and you have a sporty look with a slight sinister streak.
The negatives? It does enjoy fuel. And the electronics can be a bit challenging to pick up during a one-night stint, though I did figure out the climate and audio expeditiously enough.
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