Word from Jaguar is that a fourth iteration of the XF sedan will be heading to dealers in October. While it's a bit less intense than the range-topping XFR, which features a new-for-2010 supercharged 5.0-liter Gen III AJ-V8 that cranks out 510 horsepower, the XF Supercharged will still pack a formidable 470-horse punch. Jag says that's sufficient muscle to hustle this impeccably appointed sport sedan from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds -- a mere 0.2 second off of the new XFR's pace. With a base price of $68,000, the XF Supercharged also costs $12,000 less -- a bottom-line consideration Jaguar expects many potential buyers will find equally appealing.
Like the XFR, the XF Supercharged receives a host of functional upgrades including Jag's computer-controlled Adaptive Dynamics continuously variable damping, Active Differential control that allows up to 90 percent of the available engine power to be transferred to the outside rear tire in high-load cornering conditions, upgraded vented anti-lock disc brakes and 20-inch alloy wheels with performance tires. Inside, the XF Supercharged gets distinctive trim bits, including exclusive Rich Oak wood veneer, a Jaguar Suedecloth Premium headliner and a heated steering wheel as well as a 440-watt Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound audio system with HD radio.
Anchoring the 2010 XF lineup will be two naturally aspirated models. The $52,000 base XF with a 300-horsepower/4.2-liter Gen II version of the AJ-V8 and the $57,000 XF Premium that now gets its motivation from a 385-horse version of the new 5.0-liter Gen III V8 used in the two force-fed variants.