Last month, we looked at the 2010 Jaguar XKR, the sporty luxury coupe from the car maker, and it turned out to be quite impressive. Now, we look at that car’s sedan sister, the 2010 XFR. It has the same powerful engine, but the suspension has been downgraded to provide a comfortable, steady ride instead of the more racing-inspired chassis of the K. The verdict? It looks like Jaguar is adding another great model to its lineup.
The engine of the new XFR sedan is the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 as the XKR, which produces 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque. Also, just like the K, the engine has been tuned to have the same 15 mpg city / 23 highway as the outgoing 4.2-liter V8 engine, so even with the extra power and engine displacement, both cars avoid gas guzzler tax penalties.
That’s a lot of power for a luxury sedan, so in order to keep this new Jag on the road, the engineers have implemented what they’re calling an Active Differential Control system. What this essentially is is an electronically controlled system that monitors whether or not the rear wheels are slipping. If one is, the system will reduce the amount of power sent to that wheel and increase the power of the other to make up for it. This differential system, while being great for road stability and safety, also has an added bonus: it makes the XFR corner with ease.
When you go into a tight corner, the inside wheel has less distance to travel than the outside wheel. So, the inside wheel needs less power going to it, and the outside wheel needs more. The differential system that keeps you safe in wet and slippery conditions also accounts for this and sends the requisite power to the outside wheel. This keeps your tires planted firmly through a hairpin turn and will put a giant smile on your face as you eagerly await the next corner. Further aiding this handling ability is the car’s Adaptive Dynamics system. This monitors the roll and pitch of the chassis, and adjusts the suspension to compensate. For example, if you were going through a tight turn, inertia would cause the cabin to roll to the outside. The system senses this, and strengthens the suspension resistance on the outside, thereby helping to neutralize the inertia and keeping you pointed in the right direction.
As far as styling goes, the XFR takes a few cues from the XKR. The hood sweep is aggressive, with notched vents, and the 20 inch wheels enhance the car’s stance. Inside is the requisite array of fancy gadgets and satellite navigation. Don’t worry about working that sat nav though; this is a car that you’ll love to get lost in, just so you can keep driving it for a few more hours.