Yes, I know I have had the Jaguar XF before. And yes, I have had the Supercharged R version before too. So just get over it, I am not going to pass one of these anytime one is available. So now that we got that out of the way – onward!
Actually, I was eager to see what, if any, changes Tata Motors had made since buying the car company from Ford Motor Company. At first glance, I did not notice anything but was aware of recent tweaks to the air intake and the car’s computer. In other words, with little effort, this 2010 XF-R 5.0 liter with 510 horses under the hood is even faster.
In fact, this car on a recent trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats, a stock XF-R hit a top speed of 225 miles per hour. When you drive this car, you don’t doubt it one bit. Zero-to-60 time for this luxury rocket is 4.7 seconds. And the 20” wheels are to die for.
As with all Jags, the interior is FABULOUS. The air vents that close when the car is shut off is a neat feature. The car does not have a shift lever for the transmission; you turn a dial, which is a nice touch. It’s these things that make the XF special and makes you go wow.
The handling is SUPERB with the Adaptive Dynamics that, unlike many cars, truly makes a difference in the ride and driving characteristics. And with this Jaguar, it does it automatically, which is REALLY nice. A button on the center stack lets you go to sport mode, and that takes this car to a whole different level, although very stiff. Some will like the sport mode and the accompanying stiffness, for me the beauty part of this car is the horsepower coupled with a luxury ride. But that is why they make vanilla and chocolate.
My white test Jag is one of the biggest sleepers I have ever driven. The looks of luxury and 510 horses that will go 225 miles per hour is a powerful combination!
What I liked most: The outer appearance. The engine is just a plus.
What I’d change if I could: I’d have the clear title put in my name.
Price as tested: $69,900 MSRP.
Fuel economy: Underrated at 15 City/21 Highway but don’t count on it.
XF-R in a few words: An incredible combo of speed and luxury.