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2011 Jaguar XF - Performance Review

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Erase all those stodgy expectations of how a Jaguar performs; the 2011 Jaguar XF is a serious sport sedan, and the supercharged, 510-horsepower Jaguar XFR brings this Jaguar lineup into cheetah territory.
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PERFORMANCE | 9 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

Steering is well weighted and precise.
Consumer Guide

The XF's variable-ratio power steering is magnificent, rich with feedback, arcing through its orbit smoothly, and transmitting a linear build-up of forces in corners.
Motor Trend

one of the best ride-and-handling balances in its class
Car and Driver

In high-speed corners, the XFR starts to feel lighter and smaller than it actually is, helped by crisp, accurate and well-weighted steering that's significantly better than that of the opposition.
Edmunds' Inside Line

an enthralling blend of power and refinement

Stealthy, gripping performance is the XF's calling card. That said, the XF's powertrain itself is sneaky. This year even the base-model 2011 Jaguar XF gets a 385-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8, while the high-performance XFR and XF Supercharged models get a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8—making 470 hp in the Supercharged and 510 hp in the XFR.

A sole six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters works with all three engines, rocketing the XFR to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds, while even the standard XF can get to 60 in 5.5 seconds. Both of the supercharged models top out at 155 mph.

The rear-drive XF simply gets better with each step up the performance ladder. Despite an almost supercar-like thrust on tap, powertrains are deceptively smooth; the Jaguar XFR feels like an entirely civil car—until you open the throttle and access its full potential. The six-speed automatic transmission that's offered throughout the lineup—operated through a unique dial on the center console, and with steering-wheel paddle-shifters—offers smooth, perfectly muted shifts during relaxed driving but changes personality on full throttle, seemingly making the most of the engine's powerband.

Light, direct steering and capable brakes add up to a joyful driving experience, and with 20-inch tires and electronic systems like Active Differential Control and Adaptive Dynamics shuffling power between the rear wheels and adjusting suspension and steering firmness, the 5,000-pound Jaguar XF out-nimbles some of the less weighty sedans in its class. The steering feels just firm enough in corners—and is weighted perfectly.


Erase all those stodgy expectations of how a Jaguar performs; the 2011 Jaguar XF is a serious sport sedan, and the supercharged, 510-horsepower Jaguar XFR brings this Jaguar lineup into cheetah territory.

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