The 2009 Jaguar XF super-sedan will be officially premiered in Frankfurt at the IAA motor show. Replacing the retro-styled Jaguar S-Type that, despite its somewhat awkward appearance managed to stay in production for long eight years, the new XF is daringly modern both in its exterior design and numerous interior features that make a driver’s life a lot easier.
Although intensively quoting styling queues from Lexus, BMW and even Aston Martin, the new XF will possibly become a milestone on the road to the new generation of Jaguar’s sedans.
The car is built around a steel chassis but there are lots of composite, magnesium and aluminum parts used in order to decrease the vehicle’s weight.
With a wheelbase of 2909mm, the Jaguar XF weighs from 1749kg for the naturally aspirated V8 to hefty 1842kg for the supercharged version, which is about 200 to 300 kg more than the class average.
So, expect superb soundproofing and low level of engine vibrations.
The 2009 Jaguar XF, set to replace the obsolete Jaguar S-Type series, will be presented in four versions depending on the engine installed.
The flagship Jaguar XF SV8 will be equipped with a 420hp supercharged engine, which is powerful enough to accelerate the heavy sedan from zero to 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds.
The next model in line will be offered with a 300hp 4.2-liter V8 that enables a 0-60mph time of 6.2 seconds.
The least expensive Jaguar XF will come with a choice of either 240hp 3.0-liter V6 or a 210hp 2.7-liter turbodiesel taking about 7.9 seconds to jump to 60mph.
All XF models, except for the diesel version, will have a top speed electronically limited to 155mph. The oil-burner will have a Vmax of only 143 mph.
Price is not yet announced.
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See also: 2008 Jaguar XJ-Series