The beauty of this R package lies in its subtlety. Inside, all 4 seating positions bear headrest “R” logos, but they’re so discrete as to be barely noticeable, thanks to tone on tone graphics. There’s a small “supercharged” moniker on the face of the 180mph speedometer, and a couple of supercharged embossments in the hood mounted air vents. Even the wheels testify inconspicuously to this machine’s special status, with “Supercharged Jaguar” lettering sunken into the circumference of the Nevis alloy hubs. But the “R” pageantry is so muted and skillfully incorporated into the XF’s overall design that no one will shy away from ownership due to brazen braggadocio.
In keeping with its stealth appearance, the XFR is perfectly capable of passing itself off as just another luxury sedan when bidden to do so. You don’t have to drive at full tilt to derive pleasure and benefit from this vehicle. There’s 17 cubic feet of space available in the trunk, so a long trip for 4 is definitely on. It can even be a ski trip, because the rear, foldable center arm rest converts into a ski sack if needed.
On the open highway, the XFR returns over 20 MPG, so a full run on the 18.4 gallon tank will net you close to 350 miles before refill time. The Jag’s low fuel warning light illuminates when you’ve still got 1.5 gallons left to burn. Bowers & Wilkins, the company which sponsored the pole sitting car at Indy this year, makes the XFR’s 14 crystalline speakers. The entertainment system puts out 440 watts, provides Sirius and HD radio, and reads through a 7 inch dash screen that also controls the DVD-based, voice-activated, navigation system. One of the niftiest features of the cross-hatched aluminum dash console is its set of 4 AC/heat vent covers which slide open whenever you activate the HVAC system. After all, you can’t sell an $80,000 car without at least one good parlor trick.
2011 JAGUAR XFR
- ENGINE: 5.0 liter, 32 valve DOHC V8, supercharged
- HORSEPOWER: 510 @ 6,000rpm
- TORQUE: 461 lb.-ft. @ 2,500rpm
- TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
- 0 – 60 TIME: 4.7 seconds
- FUEL CONSUMPTION: 15 City MPG/21 Highway MPG
- PRICE AS TESTED: $80.475
David Colman has been writing vehicle tests for 25 years. His work has been featured in AutoWeek, the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, and Marin Independent Journal. In 1987, he helped start Excellence, The Magazine About Porsche, which he edited for many years. He has been an active participant in racing and Solo events since 1961.
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