2012 Jaguar XF: Effortless Power
July 20, 2012
There's no way to describe the Jaguar XF Supercharged's 5.0-liter V8 other than effortless. The audible histrionics of other supremely powerful cars almost imply that the engine is working hard to generate that much thrust. They're big, they're showy, they want to tell the world they're fast rather than demonstrating it. Not the suitably British Jag. It's the epitome of smooth with only a subdued warble serving as a tell-tale sign you're not in something powered by electrons (the rapidly retreating gas gauge being the other). The term sneaky fast most certainly applies. Just twitch your big toe, blink and you'll be going 75.
BMW's new turbocharged V8 is similar in its effortless character, but Jaguar did this smooth operator thing first. The word "character" gets thrown around a lot with the XF, and this is just one of the many reasons it's dripping with the stuff.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 2,474