OpenRoad Driver Volume 13 Issue 1 - Page 53

Volume 13 Issue 1 » 53 2016 Jaguar XF » The all-new Jaguar XF exceeds expectations of how a luxury sports sedan should ride, handle, and steer. Comfort and refinement have been taken to a higher level and combined with excellent agility and responsiveness. The light yet exceptionally stiff body now delivers a near 50:50 weight distribution. Redesigned from the ground up using Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture, the second-generation Jaguar XF delivers more interior space and better proportions, wrapped up in a new and highly streamlined form. Compared to the outgoing all-wheel-drive model, there is a significant weight savings of 265 lbs. Taking its rightful place between the all-new Jaguar XE compact sports sedan and the full-sized luxury Jaguar XJ sedan, the latest generation XF mirrors the evolution of the Jaguar design language with its coupe-like profile, long hood with deep power bulge, and a short front overhang. A longer wheelbase means additional rear leg and knee space, while the shorter front overhang emphasizes the car’s sporty rear-wheeldrive stance and outstanding proportions characteristic of all Jaguar vehicles. With a choice of a 340-hp or 380-hp supercharged 3.0L V6 engine and a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, the XF delivers an exceptional driving experience, blending smooth power delivery with seamless shifting. This is the first time that the 380-hp version of the supercharged V6 has been used in a Jaguar sedan, and is reserved for the top-of-the-range XF S. This model is capable of covering the 0-60 mph (96 kph) sprint in 5.1 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 155 mph. First developed for the Jaguar F-TYPE, Configurable Dynamics is also available for the XF S, taking the duality of character of the XF to the next level. This system allows the driver to individually tailor the throttle mapping, transmission shift speed, steering feel, and Adaptive Dynamics settings using the touch screen. Available with Jaguar’s Instinctive All-Wheel-Drive system, the XF uses Intelligent Driveline Dynamics to deliver torque on demand for an optimum balance of performance and all-weather capability. A host of cutting-edge technology is included or optional, including full-LED headlamps, a laser heads-up display, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with queue-assist, lanekeeping assist, and semi-automated parking.