The Jaguar XF is proof that retro is mostly a crutch. Ultra-modern, gorgeous, and more than a little extravagant, the XF looks like no Jag before it, and patently, doesn't need to.
There's more than a touch of Lexus or Audi in the way the XF slips through the air cleanly, but it's an instantly identifiable theme all the same--one that goes in lockstep with Jaguar's past without bowing down to it. It's more a visual onomatopoeia. It looks like its brand name incarnate, with a catlike stance and an intense pair of eyes set off by the mesh of its grille. Call it an affordable take on Aston Martin if you want, it's sophisticated from almost every angle. And it's only subtly changed up when the XF gets amped up into the XFR league--only some black mesh and grille trim, hood louvers, and some badging flags the 510-hp version for the faithful.