Friday, January 9, 2009

New Reveal : 2010 Jaguar XFR

Since the Jag XF was out, rumors, speculation and spy shots of a R version twinkled. However, it is all over, because Jaguar have finally said its word. They have just revealed official photographs and information of Jaguar's long-awaited XFR sports sedan that is due to make its worldwide debut at this week's Detroit Auto Show.Because this is a racing-special sports version that competes with BMW M5, Audi RS6 and Mercedes E63 AMG, we start off with the engine. The standard XF has a 4.2L V8. This XFR has an all-new supercharged 5.0L V8 with 510hp and 461lb-ft of torque. Power is channeled to the rear-wheels via an enhanced version of Jaguar's electronically controlled, six-speed automatic transmission.
With more power, and a better gearbox, the new XFR hits 60mph in 4.7 seconds, runs the quarter mile in 13.3 seconds, and reaches to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. However, with all supercharged engines, accelerating in mid-range speed is astonishingly quick. The XFR accelerates from 50-70mph in just 1.9 seconds!
Along with that amazing engine, Jag's engineers worked on making this beauty handle. So the new XFR is enhanced with a Active Differential Control and Adaptive Dynamics. The electronically controlled differential and suspension system work together to optimize traction under acceleration and cornering. The XFR also adds a faster steering ratio and uses larger ventilated disc brakes.
Moving on to the car's design, while recognizable as a performance version of the XF, Jaguar's designers avoided embellishing the model with an exaggerated bodykit and flashiness. The result is a car that balances between sporty and sleek. Compared to the standard XF, the new XFR gains a revised snout with a larger lower grille with black-finished mesh, plus chrome outboard air intakes. The upper mesh grille retains XF's bright finish, while the bonnet carries distinctive louvres, similar to those found on the XKR sports car. The XFR also features new sill extensions, while the rear bumper adds a unique body-coloured lower valance panel incorporating the 'R' signature of four large, bright-finished tail pipes. The new bootlid lip spoiler, the redesigned exterior mirrors with LED side repeaters and the 20-inch Nevis alloy wheels complete the changes.
As for the interior, it still remains amazing with the "pop-up" gear selector and rotating air-vents. The only change from the standard XF are a new 18x14-way adjustable sports seats embossed with the 'R' logo, and the speedometer and the tachometer gained red dial pointers and carry-out the 'Supercharged' word.

Look for the XFR at the Detroit Auto Show next Sunday.

Source: [Jaguar]

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