Imagine driving a very cool new car for a distance between 9 to 25 miles, getting out and then into another very cool car for another 9 to 25 mile leg and then repeating the same routine through 23 cars in a two day period.
Welcome to the 2010 NWAPA (Northwest Automotive Press Association) Run to the Sun held recently in western Washington.? After 23 cars and more than 450 miles of smiles, here are our quick impressions of the Jaguar XFR.
Twenty years from now we are going to look back at 2010 and think, we were there when Jaguar was blooming.? Jaguar has found its niche and is making world-class sedans and sports cars that compare favorably with anything on the road.? The XFR we drove at the ?Run? is an amazing luxury sedan, slotted as their midsize entry.? The distinctive styling, elegant interior and top-level performance make it a winner in everyone?s book.? The new 5.0-liter Jaguar V-8 is smooth and quiet around town, or cruising down the highway, but stomp on the accelerator and it becomes a cat on a mission.? The XFR gets the supercharged 510-hp version that growls when pushed and leaps from a dead stop to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds — not bad for a 4,300-pound luxurious sport sedan.? The base model has a 385-hp version that?s probably more to our liking, and is probably still quicker than 98 percent of the cars on the road.? Three XF variations start at $53,000 and peak with the XFR at $80,000.
See the other 22 ?Run to the Sun? Cars here.