It’s been almost 9 months since we have driven the 2012 Jaguar XFR, and the fond memories of endless power still dominate most of our frequent automotive talks. Then the strangest thing happened and we got a call from the good folks at Jaguar Land Rover Group MENA asking us to re-live those moments again on the 2013 model. I fell off my seat when I got the call and behold a dark grey metallic monster sneaked into our garage first thing on a Thursday morning.
2013 Jaguar XFR Review
Let us go with some figures before we go on about translating them on the road. The Jaguar XFR is powered by a 5.0 Litre supercharged V8 thrashing out 503hp and 625Nm at as low as 2500rpm. To put matters into perspective, that’s about the same, if not slightly more, than the figures of the Audi A8L W12. Yes the two cars are not similar but then again we are comparing a 12 cylinder 6.0 Litre mammoth against a supercharged V8 with its crucial loss of kerb weight. By now you must be getting to what we are trying to explain. This Jag’s got the ‘hold on to your socks’ feel that overwhelms us each time we even dare to think about pressing the accelerator.
In terms of both exterior and the interior nothing much has changed. Chrome accents have gone and dark chrome accents replace them now, making the car look more intimidating especially with the dark grey drapery it dons. A V8 badge is put on either side of the XFR now just so that those looking at it know that this is not a regular XF. Interior has been left untouched now but ours came with two-toned red and black interior which happens to be our favorite interior color combo.
There is nothing wrong with keeping it the same, it does not feel or look dated even compared to new 2013 models from other manufacturers. The Jaguar XFR holds its own.
The interior roof lines are trimmed with black alcantara and carbon fibre panels decorates the door panels. But it is the pulsing red light that emanates from the start/stop button that makes our heart race. Fire it up and the un-mistaken roar of the V8 rushes out of the quad exhaust tips at the back. The car is a fire-breathing monster.
Jaguar has kept the XFR true to its core. There are no heads up display or multiple ECU settings for power and countless other suspension settings. What we have is the regular mode and a sport mode which can be found in almost all cars these days.
But they do have a dynamic mode, which is denoted by a racing checkered flag. Press that and start praying because the XFR becomes unchained. It’s pure raw exhilaration. The V8 growl and short bursts of backfire upon heavy downshifts is a motorist’s aphrodisiac. We have to commend on Jaguars transfer of its brute power to the ground, it does it rather well. The chassis is taut enough to lay down the power and point the car to its intended path down any bend. The sharper ones needs a little nudge on the acceleration pedal to let loose the rear end slightly to help its path.
That’s the fun of being in a Jaguar XFR. We felt that we were doing some of the work for a change and not letting the Artificial Intelligence do most of the work and steer for us. They say eyes are a gateway to the soul and one needs to have a look at the big cat’s eyes to know what we mean.
Once in a while we end up testing a car that’s lively and has character. The Jaguar XFR has all of them in abundance. It will always re-kindle the love affair of driving a car and most importantly it makes the driver feel good each time they get out of it. And isn’t that the whole point of driving such a car?
|2013 Jaguar XFR|
|Rated Output||503 hp at 6000 – 6500 rpm|
|Rated Torque||625 Nm between 2500 – 5500 rpm|
|Transmission – type of gearshift||ZF 8 Speed Automatic|
|Fuel Consumption, combined, L/100km||11.3|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.9 s|
|Price (AED)||399,000 (As tested)|
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