Jaguar XF S 

  • 2008
  • 420 HP 4.2L
  • 155 mph
All the controls are quick and beautifully progressive, so it's easy to be smooth and get the generous best from it, whether you're tiptoeing through town or charging over the hills.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)
Body roll is amazingly well contained.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Jaguar XF S

Top speed

Jaguar XF S
155 mph
253 mph
220 mph

Data points Key details of the Jaguar XF S


Jaguar XF S
420 HP
987 HP
750 HP


Jaguar XF S
410 ft-lb
922 ft-lb
Nissan 350Z
275 ft-lb

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Just as a car this big and heavy makes demands on the engine, you feel - when you're hauling down from big speeds - that the brakes have got a job on their hands.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)
I don't usually make such a fuss of the transmission, but there you are, this control solution is one of the XF's main novelties.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)
Mercedes is developing its Diesotto variable-compression engine.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)


So though the Jag V8 is a lovely engine, it's a long way from the bleeding edge.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)
And the way the engine and box co-operate to get the best out of each otheris one of the car's several dynamic stand-outs, too.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)
At a cruise, as in town, the engine noise dies away nicely, and wind roar isn't an issue, even at really big speeds.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)


Jaguar says it'll get to 62mph in 5.4 seconds.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)
And yet here's a weird and rather magical thing, another of the shining attributes of the car: if, when accelerating or braking, you always feel its weight, when you arrive at a tight corner - better still a series of them, with challenging dips and crests thrown in - much of the weight seems to disappear.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)
All sounds a bit toe-curlingly aggressive, but really it's more like a muffin orlittle soufflé arriving at done-ness.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)


The ride is sublime and so is the quietness of the suspension and tyres, even on the S/C's standard 20-inch hoops.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)
It's a small wrist-flick movement, because it's by-wire control for the six-speed auto.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)
It's called the JaguarDrive transmission selector.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)


Straight-line stability is remarkable, given the agility through bends.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)
The suspension is very closely related.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)
And on the back of this terrific handling has arrived another miracle.
by Top Gear (Dec, 2007)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Jaguar
Year 2008

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.67 lb/hp
Maximum hp 420 HP @ 6,250 RPM
Maximum torque 410 ft-lb
Steering system Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 4,061 lb
Width 73.9 in
Height 57.5 in
Length 195.3 in
Front track width 61.4 in
Wheelbase 114.5 in

road tests

Top speed 155 mph


Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears


Displacement 4,196 cc
Cylinders V8
Air compressor Supercharger
Fuels Gas
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves
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