Road Test: Jaguar S-Type R
A sexy beast
Updated classic: The 2005 Jaguar S-Type R edition
By Tara Weingarten
You'd be hard pressed to find a more powerful and luxurious sports sedan than this 390hp beauty. Caution: hitting the gas hard may cause you to lose your lunch
Oct. 4 issue - Jaguar purists still lament Ford's purchase of the venerable British company, but I say the brand still has plenty of panache. The tweaked redesign of the 2005 S-Type has long, curvaceous lines that nod to the badge's halcyon days and little updates that pull the S-Type R edition into the 21st century. I love the (optional) aluminum sheathing over parts of the dashboard and center console. It's an unusual contrast to the rest of the interior's stitched-leather trim, and more updated than tired lacquered wood veneer. But I was disappointed that the windows don't have the one-touch up/down feature, a little surprising for a car at this considerable price.
As for performance, I had to retrieve my stomach from the back seat after sampling the S-Type R's raucous acceleration. With a 4.2-liter, V-8 supercharged, 390-horsepower engine, this cat bolts, nearly popping off the road when I hit the gas from a standstill. Though not a true sports sedan, the car plants itself well enough to the pavement to take tight curves. And with the softer suspension comes superior buffeting from potholes and bumps. In all, an excellent blend of classic beauty and beastly power.
Tip: Choose the 3.0-liter V-6 edition and get all the style for $14,100 less.
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