Jaguar is not messing around this time. For far too long the leaping cat has been playing fifth fiddle in the race for supremacy as far as styling, power, after-sales service and residual values. Lagging its German counterparts in these areas for the better part of 20 years, Jaguar has suddenly become hot property again thanks to the XF.
The year 2009 will see an additional two models added to XF alongside the existing naturally-aspirated petrol 3.0-litre V6, 4.2-litre V8 and supercharged 4.2-litre V8 SV8. First off the line is the pictured XF Diesel S with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel of not one but two turbos for a maximum power output of 202kW (271bhp) and mammoth torque rated at 600Nm! Its nearest competitor is the twin turbo diesel BMW 535D (not sold in Mzansi) that produces 580Nm, 20Nm short on the snazzy kitty. On take-off Jaguar claims a 0 – 100km/h time of 5.9 seconds for the British diesel saloon.
First driving impressions on the Jaguar XF Diesel S and hopefully the superformance XF-R will come in March 2009 after we put the two through their paces. These are some of the highly anticipated Jaguars expected in 2009, including the all-new, radically-designed super executive sedan, the XJ.