2012 Jaguar XF-R takes its nose job public

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Playing with the nose of a Jaguar always takes a little delicacy; no other brand has quite as much history wrapped up in its front grille. But the rhinoplasty on the 2012 XF-R made things better, mostly.

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The front of the XF-R receives LED headlamps and larger lower intakes, giving it a more cohesive look. The XF-R maintains its 510 hp supercharged V8, but mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. European buyers can also choose a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder diesel with 187 hp, as Jaguar tests the lower bounds of how much power buyers will sacrifice for fuel economy in an luxury sedan.

DISCUSSION

I'd say Rolls-Royce has more history in its grille than Jaguar, partly because it's been exactly the same (varying dimensions aside) for about 100 years.

Anyway, I love the new headlights on the XF, but Jaguars should never be in LOOK AT ME solid red. I prefer darker colours - that's colours, not silver - on luxury cars, however fiery their innards are.