2012 Jaguar XJL Supersport: Review notes

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The supercharged V8 in the Jaguar XJL Supersport is rated at 510 hp.

By: Bob Gritzinger on 12/27/2011

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EXECUTIVE EDITOR BOB GRITZINGER: That solid shove in the rear isn't now the built-in seat massager--that's come again? 510 hp and 461 lb-ft determination do for you. It's sufficient to provide you a wonderful, temperate feeling--oh, wait, that's the seat heat. Whatever.

Here's the thing: If you desire or require a big lavishness liner by means of all the extras, correct downward to the fold-down tray tables for by means of back-seat passengers, and grave authority and performance, petroleum wild 2012 Jaguar XJL Supersport kitty is a physically powerful contender. Pricey, but after that it's a supercharged, maximum-performance Jaguar sedan. If you desire to save a number of green, there's the house-trained XJ at merely $82,000 in the Portfolio trim, by means of the normal 385-hp of course aspirated 5.0-liter V8 beneath the hood. So tame.

Though I've supposed in the history I'm a pushover for Jags of old, counting the box-on-box XJs, petroleum styling is preliminary to actually produce on me. It's sleek yet strong, edgy yet elegant, all as of the similar flowing sheetmetal. Maybe it's the plan stretched in excess of a longer wheelbase so as to helps--that's a query for Ian Callum after that occasion we see him.

Regardless, there's amazing concerning petroleum Jag so as to inappropriately class--first-class, all the way. From the moment you resolve eager on the vented leather driver's seat and punch the hors d'oeuvre button, there's drama. The shifter knob rises as of the middle console, as,at the same time as the steering wheel adjusts quietly eager on ideal heavy position. We've complained sufficient concerning too a lot of functions existence form embedded in the touch-screen system, so I'll leave so as to for one more day. Suffice to say, if you'd just use the additional cash for a driver, you might ride in the power-adjustable back seats and by no means contain to be worried by means of genuine intricacies.

But if you're heavy yourself, you'll desire to clack the shift knob to "S," tap the checkered flag to set the chassis to lively mode, grab primary cog via the paddle shifters and prepare to launch. The car split off the row by means of authority--maybe additional supposed a number of strength prefer, particularly if by means of tea cup isn't correctly enclosed and secured. Out on the road, the XJ is one steady ship, cruising at pace with no actually existence form worried by the daily bumps in the road. That's not to say all is complete in isolation--on the contrary, there's plenty feedback to the driver, and in game mode, the engine and steering responses are markedly quicker. There's now not a lot of untoward exterior noise intruding to distress the calm of the cabin.

Are present improved lavishness sedan choices for by means of $120,000? Sure, and you be hypothetical to sample the big Audis, BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes, not to mention come again? Lexus and Infiniti strength contain to offer. But create certain you at smallest amount get a ride in the XJL Supersport. It might contain you saying, "Home, Jeeves."

How can you put a limit on learning more? The next section may contain that one little bit of wisdom that changes everything.

2012 Jaguar XJL Supersport

Base Price: $118,575

As-Tested Price: $120,875

Drivetrain: 5.0-liter supercharged V8; RWD, six-speed automatic

Output: 510 hp @ 6,000-6,500 rpm, 461 lb-ft @ 2,500-5,500 rpm

Curb Weight: 4,220 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 17/17.5 mpg

Options: Accessories by means of higher EBA wrap up counting adaptive cruise manage and higher emergency-brake help ($2,300)



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