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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 27th 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Jaguar refines the sleek XF I T might not look it from the outside, but Jaguar has been quietly honing its XF sedan. Recent improvements to the 2010 range have focused on performance, economy and re- finement. Thankfully little has been changed about the XF’s classy lines. The big news is that buyers now have a choice of two all- new direct-injection Gen III 5.0-litre V8s and a twin-turbo V6 turbo-diesel. For those Jaguar buyers hunting in AMG and M terri- tory they also now have a high- performance supercharged XFR. The newest XFs are expected to continue the modest resurg- ence for the brand locally since the stylish sedan arrived here late last year. Since the XF’s launch the average age of a Jag buyer has also dropped, according to Ja- guar Australia general man- ager, Chris Lidis. ‘‘The average age of the XF buyer, is 44, and this has helped drag down the traditional Ja- guar buyer profile, which has fallen from 55 to 49 across the brand,’’ he says. More than 500 XFs have been sold and the car has single- handedly underpinned Jaguars local sales. The four model line-up opens with the volume-selling 3.0-litre petrol V6, which remains large- ly the same andmuchof theXF makeover has been reserved for the powertrains. All are mated to six-speed sequential automatics with the SPEEDY: The 2009 Jaguar XF shows off its classy lines. V6 petrol developing 175kW at 6800 revs and 293Nm at 4100 revs. The V8s are almost all new. Just two carry-over parts remain from the 4.2-litre, a cylinder head bolt and super- charger tappet. The XF’s chief program engi- neer, Kevin Stride, says the engines were solely Jaguar- designed and developed and have nothing in common with the latest V8s coming out of Ford in the United States. It is the 3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel S and new V8s that are sure to ignite interest. The 3.0-litre turbo diesel re- places the previous 2.7-litre engine. It is 33 per cent more power- ful than the smaller diesel but also 10 per centmoreeconomic- al with a combined fuel econo- my figure of 6.8 l/100km. Importantly too, the engine emits 179 g/km CO2 emissions, which is 10 per cent than the 2.7-litre engine. The 3.0-litre diesel is a devel- opment of the trusty PSA- developed 2.7-litre turbo-diesel but light-years ahead in refine- ment and performance. The engine will also appear in various Land Rover models, including the new Range Ro- ver. The diesel develops 202kW at 4000 revs and 600Nm from 2000 revs, just 25Nm shy of the supercharged 5.0-litre V8. Jaguar has managed to ex- tract the performance through two parallel sequential turbos, which deliver seemless power at both low and high revs. The aim is to eliminate any turbo- lag at any speed. The new 5.0-litre super- charged V8 XFR replaces the previous range-topper, the supercharged 4.2-litre V8. Both V8s employ direct injec- tion with the naturally aspir- ated version delivering 283kW at 6500 revs and 515Nm at 3500 revs while the supercharged engine ups the ante to 375kW at 6000 revs and 625Nm from 2500 revs. According to Jaguar’s fig- ures, the naturally aspiratedV8 delivers 11.1 litres/100km with a CO2 figureof 264g/km while the supercharged engine deliv- ers 12.5 litres/100km and 292g/km. Zero to 100km/h in the natu- rally aspirated V8 is dispatched in 5.7 seconds, while the XKR small torque Jaguar XF Price:V6petrol $109,450; DieselS$116,250;V8 $147,900;XFR$208,450. Engines: 3.0-litre petrol V6, 3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel S, 5.0-litreGenIIIV8and 5.0-litreGenIII V8. Transmission: Six-speed sequential ZF automatic. Power: 175kW at6800 revs,V6petrol;202kWat 4000revs,V6Sdiesel; 283kWat6500revs, 5.0-litre V8;375kWat 6000revs, 5.0-litre supercharged V8. Torque:293Nmat 4100 revs,V6petrol;600Nm from2000revs,V6S diesel;515Nmat3500revs, 5.0-litre V8;625Nmfrom 2500revs, 5.0-litre supercharged V8. Fuel economy: 10.5 litres/ 100km(combined)V6 petrol; 6.8 litres/100km (combined)V6Sdiesel; 11.1 litres/100km (combined) V8; 12.5 litres/100km (combined)XFRV8. does the same sprint in 4.9 seconds. The big surprise is the turbo- diesel, which is no slow coach. It hits 100 km/h in a respect- able 6.4 seconds. In keeping with the XFR’s extra grunt, Jaguar has speci- fied a faster steering ratio and larger brakes. NEIL McDONALD —11 on the road THE engineering of the XF is proven and typically Ja- guar. There’s an all- encompassing ride, a level of quality that befits the brand. In fact, the quality and equipment of the XF is helping lift Jaguar’s reputa- tion to levels unseen in recent years. With the new V6 turbo- diesel and naturally aspir- ated V8s, the XF enters a new league. The diesel is showing the type of torque numbers that were once the pre- serve of high-performance V8 petrol engines and the supercharged XFR will keep the Germans honest. With 600Nm the diesel is just25Nmshy of the super- charged petrol V8, yet de- livers its peak torque lower in the rev range. According to Jaguar the diesel’s primary turbo has 61 per cent more torque at 1500 revs than the 2.7 while the secondary turbo has 32 per cent more power at 4000 revs. The diesel shows the right stuff at overtaking speeds. From 80km/h it provides the surge needed to stay out of harm’s way.
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