Jaguar XF Coupe ready to rumble

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

The latest Jaguar super coupe is a two-door sports car ready to go into unfamiliar territory by competing with the Bmw 3-Series Coupe and Audi A5. Increasing the superbly successful XF series, the latest coupe will merge attractive appearance with genuine driver appeal by putting in a theatrical body to the saloon's athletic substructure. 

It was reported by Auto Express in its Issue #1,039 that the XF Coupe is a major portion of a latest model plan by Tata, Jaguar's parent company. The list of sporty machines will comprise a drop-top Roadster version and a two-seater counterpart to the Porsche Boxster.

While the two-seater is still quite a distance from showrooms, both the Coupe and Roadster will be available for sale in 2010 with a pledge to offer other prestige companies some stiff competition. Observed from world exclusive photos, the eye-catching XF Coupe could very well successfully compete with Audi's TT.

Taking a large part of its motivation from the original C-XF concept car by design expert Ian Callum, it brags a daring metal grill, powerful LED headlights and raised hood bulge, which gives a clue to the power hides there under. The total effect is a tough visual distinctiveness, providing the car a much ferocious face than the XF saloon.

The high waistline gives further sturdiness in profile, and when merged with a sharply raked rear window and raised bootlid, it appears beefy and sporty. In the interior, the passenger compartment is set to be taken from the XF saloon's, with touchscreens, a glove box which unlocks at the wave of a hand and a concealed gear selector.

That raised rear end should mean a big trunk, while there will be liberal space for two adults in the rear. Power will be supplied by an updated range of gasoline and diesel units, which will first be introduced in the XF in 2009. These consist of a 3.0-liter dual-turbodiesel and a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 for the lead vehicle.

The V8 will also feature in the upcoming XFR. It generates about 500 hp, and should run the XF Coupe from 0-60mph in just 5 seconds, making it an appropriate rival for Bmw's M3 and the Audi S5. All engines will be joined to Jaguar's 6-speed automatic.

Put in a more athletic rear-wheel-drive set-up than in the XF, and it will be one of the most coveted Jaguars ever. The Jaguar will be on sale in 2010, with price tags beginning in the neighborhood of £35,000 ($53,820 or €41,390).

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