December 6, 2013
This week is an auspicious week. It is the week in which we celebrate the birth date of me. The family have all descended bearing inappropriate gifts and are huddled around the flickering embers of the central heating. Most importantly of all, courtesy of those nice people at Jaguar, this XFR has turned up:
Now that’s what I‘m talking about. British company you see; they have an innate understanding of the old values and traditions that once made our automobile industry great.
My birthday treat has a 5.0L V8 Supercharged petrol engine; it’s a predator in a smart suit and it sits on the road more purposefully than the regular versions of the XF. Looking closely, you can see clues and hints to what lies beneath. An automotive mixture of style and sporting substance.
There will be much more on this car later but for now I have to go and supplement the Chancellor’s coffers - 25mpg, if I’m lucky. The boss of my local petrol station will be reaching for the holiday brochures when he sees the XFR roll onto his forecourt with steam coming off its haunches like a thoroughbred racehorse on the gallops.
So I’m out driving, if anybody asks. For now, you can read my opinion of this car’s fiercer brother - the XFR-S - here, but, in a nutshell, it is my favourite car. It will be interesting to see how this less aggressive version compares.
PostScript: I have just found a footnote on the Jaguar documentation. It says that they will pick the XFR up at the end of next week. Ah well, I suppose it‘s the thought that counts.
Written by Geoff Maxted @DriveWrite. In a bit of a hurry.
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