The 2012 Jaguar XFR doesn't have enough ratings to earn a valid Total Car Score. However, for those who have driven it, they marvel at how Jaguar has managed to contain mighty engine power within a highly capable yet perfectly comfortable vehicle, while slathering on many luxury features.
The most driver-oriented XF model, the XFR stands out from the pack with extra aerodynamic appendages and 20-inch wheels. It also has a firmer suspension. But such traits are welcomed into the overall experience rather than considered a wrong move.
Top speed is pegged electronically at 155 mph, but the acceleration from zero to 60 mph is fun for all its 4.7-second duration. Impressive for a car that weighs 4,306 pounds.
Some critics are more outspoken than others regarding rear passenger space, but the general feeling is that six-footers (and above) will prefer the front passenger seat. The navigation system's touchscreen also seems a little slow to act. At least the general build quality has been raised from the time when Ford used to own Jaguar.
The XF range debuted four years ago, so the 2012 model year sees a mid-cycle sprucing. This entails subtle styling changes to both ends, plus upgraded materials in the cabin, remodeled seats and controls, and a new touchscreen (yes, the slowish one).
The five-seat 2012 Jaguar XFR is part of a wider range of XF premium midsize sedans.
A 5.0-liter V8 engine is supercharged to produce 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission (with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters) sends that output the rear wheels. There is no option for all-wheel drive.
As the flagship of the range, the XFR has virtually every automotive bell and whistle, including its own suspension setup, a power rear sunshade, voice activation of major functions, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, split/folding rear seats, navigation and a 17-speaker 1,200-watt Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system.
Adaptive cruise control is optional.
Standard safety equipment includes traction and stability controls, a rearview camera, parking sensors and six airbags. The antilock brakes are beefier than those of the lesser trim levels to better cope with the high level of power. A blind spot alert system is also available.
EPA estimates for the 2012 Jaguar XFR are 15 mpg city, 21 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined.
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