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With the new XF we set out to design, develop and build the definitive Jaguar sports saloon. Now with magnificent new petrol and diesel engines, representing the very latest in advanced power and technology, the 2010 Model Year XF is even more thrilling to drive." Mike O'Driscoll, Managing Director, Jaguar Cars.
The new XF is already acclaimed as a key element in the revitalisation of the Jaguar brand, with its new generation of beautiful, fast cars. But now the car that newly defines Jaguar sporting luxury is even better, with major powertrain changes and a wider range of models - including a stunning new, supercharged XFR and a high-performance, high-efficiency diesel.
The 2010 Model Year XF - available to order from January 2009 - features all-new 5.0-litre direct-injection V8 petrol engines and a new 3.0-litre V6 twin-Turbo diesel with a choice of two power outputs. There are also significant trim and specification changes - including many new features unique to the new XFR - and the introduction of new Portfolio derivatives.
When it was introduced last year, the XF was recognised as a dramatic expression of a bold new Jaguar design language. It also soon became apparent that here was a car where the driving experience exceeded the expectations created by the striking appearance. Now, the new XFR takes this experience to new levels, shifting the balance even further towards dynamic performance while still retaining the XF's core values as a refined and luxurious sports saloon. Power comes from an all-new 5.0-litre direct-injection supercharged V8 engine delivering 510PS and 625Nm of torque. Immediately recognisable, the new XFR sports a new front-end design with revised chrome air intakes, 'Supercharged' bonnet louvres, four polished exhaust tailpipes, an aerodynamically functional boot lid spoiler and side sills, unique new 20-inch wheels and discreet 'R' badging.
The new XFR features Active Differential Control and Adaptive Dynamics - technologies being introduced for the first time on this and the XKR sports car. The electronically controlled differential and suspension system work together to optimise traction under acceleration and cornering - highly appropriate for a car that offers an electronically limited top speed of 155mph and reaches 60mph from standstill in just 4.7 seconds. The XFR also adds a faster steering ratio and uses the XF's largest ventilated disc brakes - although every version of the XF with the new, more powerful engines features uprated braking specification.
"The new XFR is the ultimate Jaguar sports saloon. The all-new, AJ-V8 Gen III R supercharged engine delivers a massive 510 horsepower and the advanced Active Differential Control and Adaptive Dynamics suspension make sure that the driver can use it." Mike O'Driscoll, Managing Director, Jaguar Cars.
The attributes that marked out the XF at launch are still very much new and in the public eye. The four-door XF has the visual excitement of a coupe, but room inside for five adults to enjoy an interior wholly contemporary in style, yet uniquely Jaguar.
Simplicity and clever use of space are key to the XF's interior design and this is unchanged in the new generation. For the driver, this is centred on the compact packaging of the JaguarDrive Selector transmission interface. The cast alloy Selector has already gained recognition for its part in the distinctive XF 'welcoming handshake'; a sequence in which the illuminated stop/start button pulsates like a heartbeat until pressed, when the JaguarDrive Selector rises into the driver's hand and the rotating facia vents silently open.
Features such as this have already attracted more than 30,000 customers to the new XF nine months after the start of customer deliveries - and now, in many instances, they have been enhanced even further. The combination of aluminium dashboard, satin or gloss wood veneers, tailored instrument panel and door panels with twin-needle stitching as standard, plus Phosphor Blue halo illumination and interior mood lighting, set the XF's cabin as far apart from its competitors as its exterior styling.
Customers seeking luxury appointments should look to the new Portfolio specification. Available with either Naturally Aspirated V8 petrol, 3.0-litre V6 petrol and V6 diesel engines, the Portfolio model includes ultimate craftsmanship details such as contrast stitching on leather trim, Jaguar Suedecloth Premium headlining, deep-pile carpet mats with embroidered logos, wider veneer and colour choices and ventilated heated and cooled seats.
But it is the new powertrain options that are at the heart of the changes for 2010 model year. The all-new 5.0-litre AJ-V8 Gen III engines - in 385PS/515Nm Naturally Aspirated and 510PS/625Nm supercharged 'R' guise - add an entirely new, even more sporting dimension to the XF range. And don't think for one moment that the new 3.0-litre Turbodiesel engines are any less impressive than the new V8s. These new engines are Jaguar's most advanced and most efficient ever. They deliver performance at a higher level across the board. In the case of the 5.0-litre supercharged engine, compared to the 4.2-litre V8 that it supersedes, power has increased by a remarkable 23 percent and torque by 12 percent.
The result in the new XFR is a 0-60mph sprint time of just 4.7 seconds (0-100kph in 4.9 seconds). More relevant in everyday driving, an excellent indicator of XFR's great flexibility is the time it takes to accelerate from 50-70mph - just 1.9 seconds.
The AJ-V6D Gen III engine - available in either 275PS/600Nm 'S' or 240PS/500Nm form - sets new standards of performance and refinement for the XF diesel customer. Featuring parallel sequential Turbochargers to help deliver the high levels of power and torque seamlessly and with effortless flexibility, this engine is perfectly matched to Jaguar's sophisticated six-speed ZF 6HP28 automatic transmission.
The more powerful 275PS engine in the Diesel S gives the XF outstanding levels of performance. 0-60mph is despatched in just 5.9 seconds, 1.8 seconds quicker than the 2.7-litre model it replaces. In-gear acceleration is equally impressive, with a 50-70mph time of just 3.2 seconds. Maximum speed is electronically limited to 155mph. And these great performance leaps are achieved with combined average fuel consumption in both models of 42.0mpg - an improvement on the 2.7-litre engine of over 10 percent - and a CO2 emissions rating of only 179g/km. For Jaguar and the new 2010 XF, the high-performance diesel has truly arrived.
The 240PS engine also offers new levels of performance, allowing the XF to reach 60mph in 6.7 seconds - a full second quicker than the 2.7-litre model - and its 50-70mph time of just 3.7 seconds is only fractionally slower than the 275PS Diesel S model. Maximum speed is 149mph.
The comparisons for the Naturally Aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine are equally impressive. Power is increased by 29 percent and torque by 25 percent. The benchmark 0-60mph acceleration time is 5.5 seconds (0-100kph in 5.7 seconds) - some 0.8 seconds quicker than the 4.2 XF. Better still, these improvements are achieved with comparable fuel economy and better emissions performance. The new engines also meet EU Stage 5 and US ULEV II/Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions regulations - two years ahead of the legislative requirement.
Dependent on market, customers will be able to order the latest 3.0-litre V6 petrol, new 275PS/600Nm 3.0-litre V6 Diesel S and Naturally Aspirated V8 petrol versions of the new XF range from January 2009. The 240PS/500Nm V6 Diesel and 510PS supercharged V8 XFR will be available to order from February 2009.
"There are two new XF V6 diesels, both offering superb performance and excellent fuel economy. The new Diesel S model sets the pace, with acceleration from 0-60mph in less than six seconds and a maximum speed of 155mph, and 42mpg, and CO2 emissions of 179g/km: Truly the best of both worlds!" Mike O'Driscoll, Managing Director, Jaguar Cars.
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