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      02-16-2009, 04:15 AM   #1
vulcan747
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Check out this Clarksonesqe article on the new XF-R Jag

Saw this glowing and humorous review by Tom Ford in The Times online.
An interesting car that while not looking like an M competitor sure
has the engine (510bhp + 461 Ft/lbs) with direct injection technology to be more than a match. It does all this while getting a combined 22.5 Mpg.
Also thought the interior is quite a change from the long in the tooth BMW concept. Dealer is telling me it should come to the states at around 70K.

"....when the road clears and you snap the accelerator to the floor, the realisation is that under the thick veneer of sophistication the car is completely bloody bonkers.
The change is quite extraordinary; somewhere along the lines of your local vicar suddenly brandishing a Desert Eagle handgun and addressing the problem of littering on the village green with extreme prejudice. Indeed, if you were to drive the XFR gently, you might never even tap the well of extreme dynamic violence that it is blatantly capable of. But when you really go for it, the huge reserve of deep-chested power becomes a very real, colourful thing; the supercharged fishing rod that you can use to reel in the horizon."
"It accelerates spectacularly from rest, but itís on a sweeping A-road or motorway where the big Jag will really bare its teeth. Flick the paddles behind the steering wheel to select third gear, stamp on the throttle at 50mph and an enormous 461 lb ft of torque will shunt you forwards with supercar pace, pinning your body back into super-comfortable seats. You know the bit when an airline pilot guns a jumbo and you surge up the runway? Itís like that. Except slightly more scary. Suddenly that beautifully crafted English brogue turns out to have a steel toecap ó and itís perfectly capable of using it. "

"The BMW M5, for example, is horrendously clever, and takes a lot of perverse pleasure in demonstrating exactly how much cleverer than you it actually is. There are way too many settings for human comfort, lending it an air of technological brilliance that somehow fails to connect at an emotional level. Itís like trying to have an affair with a calculator.

The £65,000 M5 also uses a naturally aspirated and extremely revvy V10 engine that unfailingly encourages you to drive like your nether regions are on fire ó all of the time."

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/dri...ffset=0&page=1