A drive of Jaguar's XF concept, the hot hatch mega-test and the Porsche 911 GT3
23 December 2007

February was Jaguar's month, as Steve Cropley drove the XF concept, and we scooped exclusive details of the revolutionary new XJ.

Meanwhile, the road testers were pitting the new Honda Civic Type R against all the best hot hatches on the market, resulting in plenty of contrasting opinions and one unanimous winner.

Another hot hatch was grabbing headlines, as we revealed Ford's plans to build the fastest Focus RS yet.

February was also a key month for the new Mondeo, as the final production model was revealed.

You'll also have read all about the extraordinary KTM X-Bow, Hyundai's boss was jailed for corruption, the Audi A5 broke cover early, and the Lotus 2-Eleven made its first official appearance.

Finally, the Porsche 911 GT3 underwent the rigours of the Autocar road test, and was awarded a flawless five stars for its "seductive blend of explosive power, raw thrills and everyday usability."

Our Verdict

Jaguar XF 2008-2015

The Jaguar XF is a sublime British executive saloon. It has a tremendous interior and even greater dynamics

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23 December 2007

I take your point about the front end design, and yes, I prefer the existing S front end, but at my age I would approve of an original 3.4 look-alike. There is something of the original XJ about the new, much more modern interpretation on the XF and it is quite pleasing to me. A larger, more aggressive, front has become the norm, thanks to Audi, so let's see how this one fits in with potential buyers. Sales numbers will be a test.


24 December 2007

Why on earth did they not build the concept?

It's better than the Lexus they ended up building.

27 December 2007

I've been fortunate to see the XF (my mate's neighbour works for Jaguar and got to bring a pre-production model home) and i must say it looks stunning, and still has a few styling cues to suggest that it is a Jaguar. The only thing i wasn't keen on were the orange markers on the front lights and the Jag emblem on the rear boot (petty i know!). I have noted however that the front lights appear to mask 4 circular items - did Jag toy with the idea of 4 traditional circular items before incorporating them into one-piece wraparound items? Wonder what the car would like with these 4 indvidual lights.

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