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Blogsite Suffers From Premature Release: Jag XFR jpegs Hit Net

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2010 Jaguar XFR unleashed.

By Gunnar Heinrich

WELL, somebody had to do it.

Despite a “strict” embargo that no Jaguar XFR pictures were to be released in advance of the car’s Detroit Auto Show premiere, some snarky bloggers @ 4WheelsNews went and did the unthinkable: they let the cat out of the bag.

I’m sure that the Jaguar press team in true Captain Renault form is shocked! Shocked! to find image leaking going on here.

And so there is. Pics of Jaguar’s supercharged, M5 chasing, Hail-Mary went live all over the internet like some feral cat finding freedom from captivity.

Wisely, Jaguar sought fit to feature the sports version of its mid-size saloon a color (or colour, if you like) that wasn’t predictable-technology-silver nor pensioner’s-sick-bag-green. In midnight black, with those new bumpers and chrome matrix ventilation ducts, the XFR is actually sharp.

Five hundred and ten horsepower with 460 torques all pump through a relatively modest five liter AJV8 that lets a supercharger do all the dirty work.  Judging from the delicious sound that Jaguar’s supercharged V8s have made in past models, this cat is sure to purr at idle and roar at speed.

Zero to 60 bounds right alongside the performance Audi-BMW-Cadillac-Lexus-Mercedes competition at 4.7 seconds.

But just so the record’s straight – the concept, that is the C-XF, remains far better looking. Still, the XFR’s rakish new looks has put the XF line back on the road to redemption.

And thanks to some snarky bloggers, the cat’s got a head start on that journey.

January 10, 2009
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About the Author: Gunnar Heinrich is publisher of Automobiles De Luxe online and is executive producer of the Automobiles De Luxe Television series on PBS member station CPTV.

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