XFR 4dr Sedan
2012 Jaguar XF

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$82,000
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Engine Engine 5.0LV-8
MPG MPG 15 City / 21 Hwy
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2012 XF Overview

This Midsize Cat Discreetly Blows Away its Competitors The spotlight always shines on the superstars. These are the cars with the most powerful engines, largest wheels and most radical bodywork. In the midsize luxury sedan market, the brightest illumination falls on the flagships such as the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, Cadillac CTS-V, Jaguar XFR and Audi S6. These four-doors not only frequently secure the cover shots and garner the lion's share of publicity, they also carry hefty window stickers. But take a look past the flared wheel arches, side skirts and rear decklid spoilers and drop down a big notch in price. There you will find the unexpected sleepers – vehicles that appear much like their standard siblings yet pack serious firepower under the hood and all the proper go-fast equipment to tame it. While not everyone in the midsize luxury sedan segment offers a contender in this niche (Audi and Cadillac only muster six-cylinder power), the BMW 550i, Mercedes-Benz E550 4Matic and this Jaguar XF Supercharged we recently spent a week with are prime examples of four-doors ripe for the discreet enthusiast. Jaguar first introduced us to its XF sedan at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. The strikingly handsome four-door, designed by Ian Callum, replaced the retro-steeped S-Type in the British automaker's lineup when it rolled into North American showrooms as all-new for the 2009 model year. Americans were initially offered a choice between a naturally-aspirated 4.2-liter V8 and a supercharged variant of the same engine – the flagship was a model called the XF Supercharged. There were big changes in 2010 when a 5.0-liter V8 arrived to deliver more power to the upper trim levels. While the XF Supercharged also returned, it was eclipsed by a new flagship model dubbed XFR. The high-performance variant featured more horsepower, oversized brakes, adaptive suspension, 20-inch wheels, limited-slip differential and many cosmetic enhancements. Its target was enthusiast-tuned models from Germany and America. While 2010 was exciting for the XF, the 2011 model year was quiet. The most significant news was the announcement that the venerable 4.2-liter V8 had been discontinued and all models would feature the new 5.0-liter V8. Count 2012 as significant, as Jaguar has treated its entire XF lineup to a host of upgrades. Most obvious to the eye is the new front fascia. The large round outer beams, something of a Jaguar tradition, have been replaced with a sleek integrated light cluster that is designed to "adopt the bold Jaguar design language introduced on the flagship XJ saloon," says the automaker. The facelift includes sheetmetal revisions to the hood, grille and front quarter panels – the reshaped side vents have been designed to give the four-door a more muscular appearance. The new look is undeniably more aggressive and much sleeker. New lighting, front and rear, integrates LED illumination in place of traditional incandescent lighting. The headlamps are bi-xenon, and there are new LED daytime running lights (DRLs) arranged in Jaguar's 'J-Blade' signature pattern. The incandescent taillamps have also …
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2012 XF Overview

This Midsize Cat Discreetly Blows Away its Competitors The spotlight always shines on the superstars. These are the cars with the most powerful engines, largest wheels and most radical bodywork. In the midsize luxury sedan market, the brightest illumination falls on the flagships such as the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, Cadillac CTS-V, Jaguar XFR and Audi S6. These four-doors not only frequently secure the cover shots and garner the lion's share of publicity, they also carry hefty window stickers. But take a look past the flared wheel arches, side skirts and rear decklid spoilers and drop down a big notch in price. There you will find the unexpected sleepers – vehicles that appear much like their standard siblings yet pack serious firepower under the hood and all the proper go-fast equipment to tame it. While not everyone in the midsize luxury sedan segment offers a contender in this niche (Audi and Cadillac only muster six-cylinder power), the BMW 550i, Mercedes-Benz E550 4Matic and this Jaguar XF Supercharged we recently spent a week with are prime examples of four-doors ripe for the discreet enthusiast. Jaguar first introduced us to its XF sedan at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. The strikingly handsome four-door, designed by Ian Callum, replaced the retro-steeped S-Type in the British automaker's lineup when it rolled into North American showrooms as all-new for the 2009 model year. Americans were initially offered a choice between a naturally-aspirated 4.2-liter V8 and a supercharged variant of the same engine – the flagship was a model called the XF Supercharged. There were big changes in 2010 when a 5.0-liter V8 arrived to deliver more power to the upper trim levels. While the XF Supercharged also returned, it was eclipsed by a new flagship model dubbed XFR. The high-performance variant featured more horsepower, oversized brakes, adaptive suspension, 20-inch wheels, limited-slip differential and many cosmetic enhancements. Its target was enthusiast-tuned models from Germany and America. While 2010 was exciting for the XF, the 2011 model year was quiet. The most significant news was the announcement that the venerable 4.2-liter V8 had been discontinued and all models would feature the new 5.0-liter V8. Count 2012 as significant, as Jaguar has treated its entire XF lineup to a host of upgrades. Most obvious to the eye is the new front fascia. The large round outer beams, something of a Jaguar tradition, have been replaced with a sleek integrated light cluster that is designed to "adopt the bold Jaguar design language introduced on the flagship XJ saloon," says the automaker. The facelift includes sheetmetal revisions to the hood, grille and front quarter panels – the reshaped side vents have been designed to give the four-door a more muscular appearance. The new look is undeniably more aggressive and much sleeker. New lighting, front and rear, integrates LED illumination in place of traditional incandescent lighting. The headlamps are bi-xenon, and there are new LED daytime running lights (DRLs) arranged in Jaguar's 'J-Blade' signature pattern. The incandescent taillamps have also …Hide Full Review