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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Functional Louvers

June 10, 2013

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

When I was a kid, my father once referred to his Impala SS by saying, "Real hot rods have louvers, flames and five spokes."

If you follow our updates on the 2012 Jaguar XF, you've probably seen a dozen pictures of the Supercharged logo on its hood louvers. Many modern cars have bodywork masquerading as performance-enhancing improvements, but this small touch on the Jag appears to be functional.

I took our supercharged Jaguar XF to the movies last week, and my gearhead friends asked me to open the hood so they could look at the engine bay. Sure enough, the louvers on our Jag actually vent from the engine bay. While I'm not sure exactly how much heat they shed, I'm glad they aren't entirely for show.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor

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