2012 Jaguar XFR Review

By on April 13, 2012
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British thoroughbred at its finest.

Good: Insane power, intoxicating sound, sufficiently luxurious, adaptive cruise control and lane change assist, multiple audio inputs.
Bad: Doors have to be literally slammed shut to be properly closed, dial knob for gearbox somehow feels inadequate.
Price: AED 409,000 (base)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The 2012 Jaguar is powered by a 5.0 liter using a twin vortex supercharged engine; the same AJ-V8 Gen III used in the Range Rover Sports Supercharged. As such, this Welsh made muscle makes 503hp @ 6,500 rpm and 625Nm @ 2,500 to 5,500 rpm. This propels the almost 2 tons XFR from 0 to 100kmph in mere 4.9 seconds.

At highway speeds you need only gently press the pedal as going from 100kmph to 180kmph happens with 4 to 5 seconds. The ease with which you can overtake anyone is absurd. And not to promote aggressive driving or anything, but the sound of that supercharged V8 engine as you’re pushing it is just intoxicating. Once you start driving the XFR you really don’t want the journey to end.


The torque in the XFR is so much that the slightest throttle on a turn will immediately startle the traction control system which will actively start throttling the power to the rear wheels so things don’t get out of control. Indeed you can activate “TracDSC” mode where the computer nannies allow you to have a little bit of fun (read wheelspin) before cutting in the fun. If you really want to go wild, hold the DSC button for 10 seconds and traction control will be completely turned off.

Beware, though, as turning off traction control (plus engaging the “Dynamic Drive” mode) will unleash the true power of the XFR and it’s easy to lose control if you’re not sure what you’re doing. Take it the Dubai Autodrome or the Yas Marina circuit and you’ll be having the time of your life.

And that’s the beauty of the XFR, you can enjoy it as a daily drive, having little bout of fun here and there with sudden acceleration and hearing the engine roar, but you can also get serious (or completely mental depending on how you’re feeling) on a race track. The entry price maybe high, but know that every dirham spent on it is well worth it because outside of the ridiculously expensive M5, nothing on the roads is this much fun, scary and still respectable as the Jaguar XFR.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

  • Sanjuanita Asher

    All in all, the XFR doesn’t look as gentlemanly as the regular XF or indeed the British Prime Minister approved XJ.

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