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2016 Jaguar XJR review notes: Superfast and superluxe – Car Business on the Job

IN JAG PARLANCE, R ALWAYS STANDS FOR ROLLICKING GOOD TIMES

The Jag XJR is England’s version of the S-Class AMG, or the full-blown 7-Series from BMW. I haven’t driven the S63 since the latest version came out, but I have driven Bimmer’s latest and I have to say I think the XJR will trounce them both, overall. The Mercedes’ interior is a little nicer, but if I’m going with a six-figure imported luxury sedan, like Jeremy Clarkson, I’m taking the Jaaaaagg.

As with my last review of the six-cylinder-equipped XJ Portfolio, the XJ exterior design remains right on point. This one is cocaine white with black wheels, one of my favorite combinations, with just a touch of chrome ($500) that sets it off nicely. I was at a party on Sunday, and a handful of people remarked on how nice it looked (one also remarked on the open can of Mountain Dew I had in the cupholder, noting that I may be the only person in history to bring one of those into an XJR). It looks super-long, though this one isn’t a long-wheelbase model.

Inside, our XJR sports dark brown leather with black trim, which looks good with the white exterior. I haven’t decided if I like the carbon trim package ($1,575), which runs on the doors and around the front of the dash, though it does have the “R” logo in the center, which I do like. I’m still not of fan of the googly-eyed A/C vents, but the functionality is great. You just have to grab the centers and point whichever way you please. The A/C works great, and it was hot the weekend I had the XJR, so the new baby and I were appreciative. Speaking of, it was a little harder than I expected to slip a child seat behind the passenger seat. I moved it up a half foot and it fit, but it took about half the front passenger’s legroom away. With all that length, I would have figured I could toss it right in there. Oh, and the frickin’ latches for the seat base were nearly impossible to get at. I gave up on Saturday, but succeeded on Sunday. On the plus side, the radio and infotainment touchscreen is way better than the last generation’s, both in looks and functionality.

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2016 Jaguar XJRPHOTO BY AUTOWEEK

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Obviously, the best part of this beast is its supercharged five-liter heart. I said the supercharged V6 in the last one made it “plenty quick.” This car is a bean bag with a jet pack, or a memory foam mattress with a space shuttle attached. I couldn’t even really put the pedal down on surface streets — it’s too frickin’ fast. Getting on the expressway, though — holy smokes. It’ll hit triple-digit speeds while the other guys are still lacing up their shoes. It sounds great, too. And for a little tail-out fun, feel free to put the traction control in TracDSC mode, and it will swing wide.

Upshifts at full throttle, or using the paddle shifters, are super-quick — this automatic transmission one of the best non-dual-clutch gearboxes I’ve experienced. Shifts in this Jag have just the right amount of kick for a super-luxury cruiser. Now, there were a few times that I wanted a downshift or a double-downshift and didn’t get one, but I could have just been in the wrong range. Power is basically on tap everywhere, as long as you put it to the floor and hold on. The brakes are a little finicky, though — they’re sensitive but soft, so if you don’t have good ankle control you could really get some whiplash

 

Because of the aluminum body, nuclear-reactor motor and touchy brakes, the XJR doesn’t feel like a heavyweight, especially for its dimensions. It does feel planted around cloverleaves, and over road imperfections, but not sloppy at all. Steering gets relatively quick in sport and race modes, but still, I bet the brakes would be working hard after a few laps at the track.

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2016 Jaguar XJRPHOTO BY AUTOWEEK

The suspension, like that on the XJ Portfolio, is the right mix of sport and comfort. It’s probably a little softer than the BMW and a little sportier than the Mercedes. Those parts of the road that have been cold-patched a hundred times? They only register as a quiet rumble in the cabin. There isn’t much lift or dive either when braking or accelerating hard.

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As for the sticker, it’s surprisingly fair. The S63 AMG starts at $144,000 or so, and the Audi S8 starts at $115,000, both before options. The Jag has what I call more “flava” than those two, more style. The purchase also tells your fellow drivers, “I could afford the clean lines, tight gaps and techno wizardry of the Germans, but I prefer the English.”

Options: Carbon fiber veneer ($1,575); 20-inch gray wheels and performance tires ($1,500); XJR Chrome Package with gloss black radiator grille, chrome front bumper side air intakes, chrome side window finishers, chrome side power vents ($500)
Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/car-reviews/2016-jaguar-xjr-review-notes-superfast-and-superluxe#ixzz4G7VteYVM

 

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