• Nov 27th 2007 at 3:27PM
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click above image to view high-res gallery of Jaguar XF-R spy shots

While we've already seen spy shots of XF-R mules in the wild, these new pics from KGP Photography appear to be the first of an actual Jaguar XF-R prototype. The difference between a mule and a prototype is that a mule normally doesn't wear the near-final form of the production car. A prototype, however, gives us a clear view of what we can expect in showrooms, and this XF-R prototype looks fairly menacing in its all-black paint and chrome trim. Visual cues that this is not a normal XF include quad exhaust pipes out back and cross drilled rotors hidden behind 20-inch wheels. The ride height has also been lowered, presumably on a more sport-tuned suspension. The blacked-out grille up front may or may not make production, but we think it should stay. Inside sources say that behind the grille will be a heavily tuned version of the XF's supercharged 4.2L V8 pumping out around 500 horsepower. That should be enough to at least make the XF-R competitive with its rivals from Mercedes, BMW and Audi. Whether or not this cat has the moves to keep up with its German counterparts in the corners will have to wait until someone with a big mouth actually drives it. We humbly offer our own organic megaphones for the job.

[Photos: KGP Photography]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      For having to work with what they already have, I'm fine with it so far. Except for those wheels. The XF's wheels are the worst looking wheels on ANY luxury/near luxury/and even most non lux. cars. I reeeeeeealy hope they get wheels like the xkr.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Compare the production car to the concept car.

      details are different, and the front fascia isn't as deep, the roof is taller, etc. I can understand that.

      But the biggest, most obvious change is the headlights.

      They went from sinister cat-eyes, which I am sure were intentional, to weird up-turned permanently suprised and scared expression, and bright chrome rather than blacked out trim.

      For someone like me who knows what I want, I know I don't want that. It would almost be easier if I hadn't seen the gorgeous concept before this let-down.

      Once you know something's potential, it is more of a disappointment when the potential isn't achieved.

      Now they have put the same black cat-eyes on the design concept for the XJ replacement, we'll see if that charts the same course.

      For the Record, I think the front end of the XK is the let-down of that car, as well. It has nicely tapered fenders that end in a blunt flat nose, and lights that try to be both round and triangular at the same time, not entirely successfully.

      The e-type was never so crudely executed, (even the big-grilled later revisions) and is widely considered to be one of the sexiest cars ever mass-produced.

      Aston Martin has nailed it's design language much more squarely as of late than Jaguar has, especially considering that they are mostly the same designers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How many people are going to trade in their 2008 CTSes for this turd. Sorry Jag you missed again. I really liked the XF in concept form, somehow, this is very ordinary and uninspiring.
      • 7 Years Ago
      introducing: the Jag-xus G
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Type S was old and long in the tooth. It didn't have the lithe look of old Jaguars either. Both the Type S and X Type looked like pretend Jaguars (not low enough in profile(. The XF has real presence and grace. If you hate the headlights, so be it (I like 'em...bold, different), but headlights alone cannot spoil a whole car. This car will sell, but it ain't enough to save Jaguar.
      • 7 Years Ago
      omg, thats the most hideous thing I've seen. That's a jag!?!? from the company that could make something as exquisite as an XJ13 ??? Looks like an Infinity :(

      I hate cars now a days, they all look a like. Same squished, fat, bubbly crap. *cries*
      • 7 Years Ago
      Eh, I don't think it's hideous. But to me it just isnt... "Jaguary". It could be anything with another badge. Jags have always had a distinct look about them, with a slender, low profile, which is noticeably missing from this car. It has no cat-ness about it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow does that scream BLAND.

      it looks like every bland asian sedan around today.
      the average joe mobile.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow, that's perttyyy...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love the Ford Focus vents behind the fenders. Consistency is key! Right Ford!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Everything blacked out except those let-down headlights.

      The previous S-type R had blacked out headlights, at least.

      The headlights, going from sinister to permanent-scaredy-cat look, and not blacked out for the R is the biggest disappointment from the concept to the production model.

      Honestly, how hard would it have been to keep the turned-down corners, and angry line on the concept headlights?

      Meh. I want to like it, but I know what it could have been...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ditto. It's too bad one of the most exciting looking concepts in years had to turn into one of the most disappointing looking cars. I smell a large, rotting corpse of a cat in the future, and I think this is one of the final nails in it's coffin.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why in the hell are you bothering to show SPY SHOTS of a car that we into PRODUCTION yesterday?????????

      Wouldn't it be a lot easier, vastly better looking and CHEAPER to simply Photoshop in the expected changes for the R version????
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