Subtle Design Statement - 2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Subtle Design Statement

February 22, 2013

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

One of the outings we made in Phoenix was to Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home, studio and school of architecture. You can just see it in this photo, since Wright wanted it to blend into the desert landscape and only be visible when you were virtually on top of it.

The Jaguar is its own case study in the art of balancing subtlety and statement. Particularly in black, it's not at all showy from afar. But hit the self-leveling xenon HID headlamps and it shines. You can't miss the grill, which is distinctive and contemporary without being a gaping metal maw. And then there is its soundtrack: a growly V8, 470-hp engine. That's about all the statement you need, really.

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

Frank Lloyd Wright loved cars, and I think he would have liked to see our Jaguar parked in the forecourt of Taliesin West. But if it were his car, he would almost certainly have had it painted in Cherokee Red. (The color later morphed into one known as Taliesin Orange, and you can see it on the door in the photo above.)

Wright had his 1949 Lincoln Continental done up in the color, as well as his Crosley Super Roadster and his 1929 Cord L-29. He was fond of the Cord, he said, because "It looked becoming to my houses." We think the Jaguar becomes his desert home as well.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 18, 624 miles

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