Jaguar claims that ADC offers increased traction while avoiding the negatives of a fully mechanical differential such as increased understeer. Jaguar says that in dynamic mode, the dampers are stiffened and with the stability control switched off, ADC allows controllable power oversteer and improved off-throttle stability. We can't wait to see how these new systems work on the road.
Visually, the XFR gets the logical upgrades. Twenty-inch, twin seven-spoke alloy wheels are standard. The front fascia gains a larger lower grill and chrome outboard air intakes. The hood also features louvers. The XFR also features sill extensions and a new rear lower valence. Finally, a new exterior mirror design with integrated LED blinkers is used. Inside, new leather and 18-way adjustable sport seats (14-way for the front passenger) are fitted. Unique dark oak veneer with dark mesh aluminum trim is also standard.
We're excited to drive the new XFR. Orders begin in Europe in February and we expect to see cars on sale in the U.S. this summer. But the XFR isn't the only change in the XF model line for 2010. Replacing the 4.2-liter supercharged engine is a normally-aspirated version of the XFR's 5.0-liter V-8. This 385 hp, 380 lb-ft engine utilizes direct-injection as well and fits in nicely between the XFR's 510-hp powerplant and the carryover 300 hp, 4.2-liter V8. Other notable changes include the availability of a Portfolio model with more luxurious interior appointments and an upgraded navigation system available on all XF models that now includes turn-by-turn instructions in the message center between the speedometer and the tachometer. It's nice that Jaguar isn't leaving one of our favorite mid-size luxury cars alone despite it being only a year old.
The big news for the 2010 Jaguar XFR is its engine, the snappy sedan gets a new 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 with a BMW M5-conquering 510 hp. Read the full story on the 2010 Jaguar XFR sedan featured at the 2009 NAIAS Detroit Auto show at Automobile Magazine online.
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