|Reviewed By||Paul Duchene|
|Price as Tested||$66,675|
4.2-liter V8 cranks out 420 horsepower. 0-60 sub 5 seconds, ¼ mile at 106 mph. 6-speed auto is quick, with paddles, brakes excellent, steering firm. active suspension handling predictable. Flip-up vents dazzle first-time passengers, also parking camera and blind spot monitor impress.
Unrecognizable as a Jaguar. Seems like a driver’s car, but where’s the 6-speed and full gauges? Silly pop-up console shifter right beside cupholder – oops, sorry about spilling my latte into the electronics. Cramped back seat, garish orange leather, faux “machined” plastic dash. Custom Volan mags frighteningly unprotected from curbs. Dismal rear visibility.
Anonymous contender in hotly contested market delivers no bragging rights. Let’s hope the new Indian owners have a lot more style. For now, I’ll take the faster, better-looking, 6-speed Pontiac G8 GXP for $40,000 and a first-class, round-world trip for two.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
|Zero to Sixty Time||under 5 seconds|
Jun 01, 2009