• Jul 20, 2009
Click the image above to watch the video after the jump

While the BMW M5 has topped Top Gear's list of four door sports sedans for what seems like forever, the Bavarian bombshell suddenly has plenty of competition, the newest of which is the Jaguar XFR. TG wanted to see which vehicle was better on the track and around town, and naturally, Jeremy Clarkson volunteered to work as judge and jury.

Clarkson spent all of his time behind the wheel of a right hand drive XFR, and he seemed surprised and delighted at the Leaping Cat's power and handling. Clarkson calls the cushy ride of the XFR "so soft and it's so absorbent, it's like sitting on a fat dog." But this plump puppy has 503 hp, and "80 more torques" than the BMW, while both vehicles' weight is about the same. Hit the jump to check out the comparo, and try to guess which sedan finished the Top Gear lap faster.

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Why don't they show that actual lap of the two cars competing, instead of what looks like a drifting competition.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sweet. I try to catch all the episodes I can, but being a full time student/ half-time workin' man makes it difficult.

        I remember noticing what you're talking about on one of the first episodes of Top Gear that I saw. At first it bugged me, but then I figured out that it's not really a car review show with entertainment. It's an entertainment show with cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I watch nearly every episode...it just stood out more in this one than in the other comparisons it seems like.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You don't watch very much Top Gear, do you?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Had Jaguar had the money to make the XF in all aluminum like the XJ, this would not have been a contest. The XF would have had a 300 pound weight advantage and would have roasted the M in every way.

      BTW, Jag was supposed to have the ZF 8 speed for the new XJ but ZF is still working out the kinks to handle that level of torque.
      • 5 Years Ago
      First, must state that I'm a huge Top Gear fan. Had to get that out of the way. After having just read a comparo between the XFR and the CTS-V, I feel compelled to mention that a 3-way comparison with more head-to-head info would have been much better. The Gen-2 CTS-V needs no help from anyone as far as being able to defend itself. While Mr. Lutz's comment about it being able to send the M5 back to it's trailer, may have been a little over the top, it was close enough to give Cadillac fans plenty of reason to be proud.
      As far as the M5 vs. the XFR, IMO, the M5 while being the benchmark in it's class, is WAY down my list of potential purchases (yes, Venom, I could afford one).
      Personally, I think the BMW is ugly, inside and out. I'd be far more likely to be looking at Cadillac, Jaguar, and Audi.
      And a personal note on Jaguar quality: Being an ASE technician (retired) with well over 20 years in the repair business, I can tell you that Jaguar product was MUCH improved after Ford took it over.
      • 5 Years Ago
      On more than one occasion I have been driven around the BMW Performance Center track in M5's, piloted by hoolegans who like to keep the tail out and the tires spinning...I smile whenever I think about it. That the XFR can play in that league is good for all. BMW's engineers will make sure the next M5 pulls further ahead...the game is afoot, and we all are winners!

      BTW Top Gear videos rule!
        • 5 Years Ago
        the next m5 is gonna be twin-turbo v10 torque monster

        its the ctsv that they have to beat
        • 5 Years Ago
        BMW doesn't care about the ctsv , that's a cheaper car , it doesn't compete with the M5, even if it's fast. most probably the next M5 will get the 4.4l turbo V8 from the X5M.
      • 5 Years Ago
      06 V owner here (FTW! [snicker]) - the 04/05's have worrisome diffs, there were some improvements in 06/07 but all that is gen1. Gen2 (08+) is entirely different and, most importantly, no diff issues.

      Considering this is, what? gen4 or 5 for the M, I'd say the current V not only spanks it on paper and the street, but did it in less that 6 years of development while BMW took what, 20 years?

      The real question is that, if Caddy could produce a true world beater in such a short amount of time, why has BMW been hosing people for decades?

      Alas, with the V group disbanded within GM, no plans for gen3, and GM now focusing on lean and green, I fear the brilliant gen2 V was a once in a lifetime event, now we'll go back to our regular programming of Euro dominated performance vehicles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I had to choose one of these cars, it would be the XFR fairly easily. It doesn't have to be quite as fast as the M5, being almost as quick and far more attractive is enough for me.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I love that XFR.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Jag looks gorgeous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I second that. They'd NEVER do it though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And here we go again: crippled aspect-ratio.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't believe that the Jaguar doesn't have the ZF 8 speed auto.

      http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/112_0910_2009_cadillac_ctsv_jaguar_xfr_comparison/specs.html
      With the 8 speed auto, Jaguar could make the axle ratio taller. Top gear 45mph per 1000
        • 5 Years Ago
        The new 750Li was to have that box also, but it has been delayed. I wonder if it can't handle the torque.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's if the rear axle would stand up to the punishment, let alone anything else on the GM POS.
      X- CTS-V owner.
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