Jaguar XF The Driving Dynamics
Delivering the highest levels of driver enjoyment is a must for any Jaguar, so it is essential that the XF’s driving dynamics live up to its powerfully athletic looks. Underpinned by the stiff platform, wide track and finely resolved suspension, steering and brakes, the XF’s dynamic flavour combines the comfort and refinement of a luxury saloon with the grip, balance, responses and stability of a sports car. The result is a dynamic character that delivers real driver involvement, as far removed from the premium saloon crowd as are the XF’s bold looks.
Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity Mike Cross explains the development processes behind the new car:
“Two key objectives defined the XF’s dynamic flavour – firstly that its driving abilities should match its sporting coupe-like looks, and secondly that it should have Jaguar’s unique balance of ride, handling and refinement. The XF succeeds on all counts and the result is a very special experience.”
Every XF model uses Jaguar Sequential ShiftTM transmission control, allowing manual gear selections in the automatic transmission via ‘paddle’ switches mounted on the rear of the steering wheel, in either Drive or Sport mode.
But sporty is only half the XF driving dynamics story – refinement is equally important, and equally impressive. With its stiff shell, smooth powertrains and extraordinary attention to acoustic management (including a secondary bulkhead and dual-isolated subframe on all versions), the XF has outstanding NVH performance to match the best in class. At 30mph (50kph), for instance, the interior noise level is only 65.6dB, below its nearest BMW 5 Series rival, even when the XF is on larger wheels. Special attention has been paid to the V6 diesel, whose sound quality is so impressive it is hard to tell which engine lies beneath the bonnet. The V8 XF takes lessons from the XK with an exhaust system tuned for an overtly sporty sound quality, especially when accelerating hard – again, just as the looks promise.
The Jaguar XF in Summary
The new XF is a milestone for Jaguar. In every respect it signals the future of the marque – and yet it remains true to the essence of what has always made great Jaguars the cars they are.
The new XF is more than just a strikingly beautiful Jaguar. It also appeals from a rational perspective to buyers of all ages who expect value for money, even from a luxury marque. XF pricing is extremely competitive throughout the range, in spite of rich standard feature specifications and extensive use of advanced technologies.
And XF buyers can look forward to enjoying continued fiscal benefit. Anticipated strong residual values will appeal to those using the XF as a ‘business’ car, while the V6 diesel in particular has competitive emissions levels, with the accompanying tax advantages for company car users and fleet buyers.
As one of the most visually striking, technically sophisticated and driver-oriented saloon cars that the company has ever produced, the XF is synonymous with the forward-looking focus that now defines the Jaguar brand. Its design language is entirely new, its performance and dynamic flavour support – even eclipse - its sporting looks, and intelligent use of advanced technology and innovative control interfaces set the XF far apart from any other premium sports saloon. This is the future, now.Published 28 August 2007