Smoking gun: Top Gear in the Jag XFR-S
Ollie Marriage destroys tyres in Jag's 550bhp V8 saloon. Yes, it's another of TG's sensible consumer tests
Posted: 08 Nov 2013
So what else can you get for Jaguar XFR-S money, then?
Eighty thousand pounds is a proper chunk of money, not enough for Elton John's monthly florist's bill admittedly, but enough to keep the rest of us solvent for a fair few years. It's also an interesting pricepoint for cars, an amount of money where you get to have your cake and eat it: speed, everyday usability and desirability all wrapped up in one neat box of metal and electrics. That's right, if you're shelling out this much, your choices aren't just limited to four-door saloons...
The Porsche 911. It not only defines this sector of the sports-car market, it shapes the way every car at this price point is viewed. Are they as fast? As good to live with? As great to drive? You could even, at a push, shoehorn your two kids in, plus enough clobber for a couple of days away. That's why the 911 is the answer to so many of life's motoring problems. Or there's the £76,610 Nissan GT-R: same money as an entry-level 911 Carrera (£73,413), with way more speed but also rowdier and more compromised.
The £76,985 Audi RS6 is a mighty, mighty thing. We took the opportunity to figure it while it was at Dunsfold. Audi claims 0-62mph in 3.9secs. It did it in 3.5secs. And 0-100mph in 7.9secs. That's unholy for something that also boasts a 565-litre boot. Quattro traction makes it one of the ultimate all-season point-to-pointers, even if it doesn't have the handling finesse of the Jag and Merc. Unfortunately, it's a rare breed, the super-estate, just this and the £75,535 Mercedes E63, or (if you're happy to shell out more for less) the £83,080 CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake.
It seems weird, but there's more choice of fast SUVs at £80k than anything else. Porsche leads the way, although the all-singing Turbo is a bit over budget at £89,324, so it's just as well our favourite is the more driver-focused £68,117 GTS. Treat yourself to some options. The others are much more closely stacked. The new £81,550 Range Rover Sport Supercharged is the unarguable all-round package, offering seven seats and pukka off-road skills. The £83,655 Mercedes ML63 is almost as demonic as the E63, while, sincethe demise of the X5 M, BMW is keeping up appearances with the £86,220 X6 M. We'd narrow the choice down to the first two...