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Jalopnik: Jaguar Pusses Out Of Jalopnik Vs. GM Race [Jalopnik Vs GM]

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500x_locat_4.jpgJaguar PR just called saying they've withdrawn their pledge to let Wes race the XFR Thursday against GM's Bob Lutz in a Cadillac CTS-V. Apparently, not because they're afraid to lose, they're afraid the XFR just can't take it. Pussies.

It's true. Stuart Schorr, Jaguar's main product PR man, told us flat out he expected the XFR would lose to the CTS-V, so it's not that he's afraid to lose to "Maximum" Bob Lutz.

Instead, they're afraid the XFR can't handle the strain. Specifically, the brakes. Without better brake cooling, Schorr tells us his folks are concerned the XFR just cant put the necessary laps in.

So what does this mean for us? Well, it means we're still racing Lutz — except now, since Mercedes and now Jaguar weren't willing to stand by their product for five laps in a time attack race versus the CTS-V, we're beginning to believe the CTS-V is the only production luxury sedan on the market wiling to stand by its lofty claims of performance cred. So we'll race against Lutz using his own CTS-V — and probably the Evo we'll drive up there in.

Unless, of course, some other automaker's less feline than those we've already tried. Any automaker want to put their fast four-door where their mouth is — e-mail me.

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ocnblu    719
Well it was a perfect setup... pussy = cat, jaguar = cat. It's beautiful and it fits.

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Drew Dowdell    4,828
I know it's ugly, but why don't they try to get a Panamera to race against the Cadillac?

I don't know who said it, but I quote:

"If it takes Porsche $60k more to beat the CTS-V using the Panamera Turbo... then I say 'Mission Accomplished'"

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Camino LS6    866
Well it was a perfect setup... pussy = cat, jaguar = cat. It's beautiful and it fits.

I agree, and it made me laugh.

But I doubt Jalopnik will have any friends at Jaguar any more.

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Camino LS6    866
I don't know who said it, but I quote:

"If it takes Porsche $60k more and a flogging with the ugly stick to beat the CTS-V using the Panamera Turbo... then I say 'Mission Accomplished'"

Fixed :AH-HA_wink:

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pow    106
I don't know who said it, but I quote:

"If it takes Porsche $60k more to beat the CTS-V using the Panamera Turbo... then I say 'Mission Accomplished'"

By that logic, if it takes Cadillac $20k more to beat the Holden Maloo-Bathurst-HSV-Waltzing-supercharged-Matilda-whatever using the CTS-V... :lol:

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CaddyXLR-V    3
By that logic, if it takes Cadillac $20k more to beat the Holden Maloo-Bathurst-HSV-Waltzing-supercharged-Matilda-whatever using the CTS-V... :lol:

And by that logic, Evos have beat Corvettes before....

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smk4565    292

Car and Driver just tested these cars, the Jaguar has better braking than the CTS-V and E63, and tied the CTS-V in 0-60 and 0-100 time. The E63 had the best acceleration. I doubt the Jaguar would have won, but they should have tried anyway. The problem with the XFR in races like this, is it is built for luxury first and sport second, it is a softer car than the AMG and M models. But its weakness in racing, could be a strength for people that want a sports car that is calm and soft when they their looney toons headgear off to quote Clarkson. The XFR is way too heavy though, the aluminum chassis is needed badly on that car.

The Porsche Panamera turbo would beat all these cars though. 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, 11.7 second 1/4 mile, 193 mph top speed, those are GT-R type numbers.

Personally, the Jag is my favorite, it looks the best inside and out. I don't care if it is slower, just like I'd take an XK over a 6-series or 911 any day.

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cletus8269    69
Car and Driver just tested these cars, the Jaguar has better braking than the CTS-V and E63, and tied the CTS-V in 0-60 and 0-100 time. The E63 had the best acceleration. I doubt the Jaguar would have won, but they should have tried anyway. The problem with the XFR in races like this, is it is built for luxury first and sport second, it is a softer car than the AMG and M models. But its weakness in racing, could be a strength for people that want a sports car that is calm and soft when they their looney toons headgear off to quote Clarkson. The XFR is way too heavy though, the aluminum chassis is needed badly on that car.

sometimes endurance counts as much as performance... at least thats what she said...

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Drew Dowdell    4,828
Car and Driver just tested these cars, the Jaguar has better braking than the CTS-V and E63, and tied the CTS-V in 0-60 and 0-100 time. The E63 had the best acceleration. I doubt the Jaguar would have won, but they should have tried anyway. The problem with the XFR in races like this, is it is built for luxury first and sport second, it is a softer car than the AMG and M models. But its weakness in racing, could be a strength for people that want a sports car that is calm and soft when they their looney toons headgear off to quote Clarkson. The XFR is way too heavy though, the aluminum chassis is needed badly on that car.

The Porsche Panamera turbo would beat all these cars though. 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, 11.7 second 1/4 mile, 193 mph top speed, those are GT-R type numbers.

Personally, the Jag is my favorite, it looks the best inside and out. I don't care if it is slower, just like I'd take an XK over a 6-series or 911 any day.

So... just to be clear. It's ok to make excuses for Jaguar, but not Cadillac.

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Nick    31
Car and Driver just tested these cars, the Jaguar has better braking than the CTS-V and E63, and tied the CTS-V in 0-60 and 0-100 time. The E63 had the best acceleration. I doubt the Jaguar would have won, but they should have tried anyway. The problem with the XFR in races like this, is it is built for luxury first and sport second, it is a softer car than the AMG and M models. But its weakness in racing, could be a strength for people that want a sports car that is calm and soft when they their looney toons headgear off to quote Clarkson. The XFR is way too heavy though, the aluminum chassis is needed badly on that car.

The Porsche Panamera turbo would beat all these cars though. 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, 11.7 second 1/4 mile, 193 mph top speed, those are GT-R type numbers.

Personally, the Jag is my favorite, it looks the best inside and out. I don't care if it is slower, just like I'd take an XK over a 6-series or 911 any day.

I'm not sure where you are getting your figures from, but reading through every review shows the CTS-V outperforms the XF-R in every way, including braking (with the CTS-V consistently outbraking the Jag by 3-4 feet) and acceleration. Even C&D's review of the XF-R says this.

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PurdueGuy    72
Car and Driver just tested these cars, the Jaguar has better braking than the CTS-V and E63, and tied the CTS-V in 0-60 and 0-100 time. The E63 had the best acceleration. I doubt the Jaguar would have won, but they should have tried anyway. The problem with the XFR in races like this, is it is built for luxury first and sport second, it is a softer car than the AMG and M models. But its weakness in racing, could be a strength for people that want a sports car that is calm and soft when they their looney toons headgear off to quote Clarkson. The XFR is way too heavy though, the aluminum chassis is needed badly on that car.

The Porsche Panamera turbo would beat all these cars though. 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, 11.7 second 1/4 mile, 193 mph top speed, those are GT-R type numbers.

Personally, the Jag is my favorite, it looks the best inside and out. I don't care if it is slower, just like I'd take an XK over a 6-series or 911 any day.

because brakes that might not hold up contributes to a softer car?

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z28luvr01    170

Jaguar admitted the CTS-V is the better car and backed out. No excuse from smk can explain that.

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smk4565    292

The Jag isn't as much of a racer as the CTS-V or M5, but it beats both in styling and interior. A Mitsubishi Evo can beat a CTS V6 around a track, is the Evo a better overall car than the CTS? Jaguar never claimed their car was the fastest sedan, style and luxury are their top priorities.

I got my numbers from the Dec. 2009 Car and Driver. CTS-V and Jag both did 0-60 in 4.3, 0-100 in 9.5, and 1/4 mile in 12.6 seconds. The Merc was slightly faster. In 70-0 braking, the Jag was 160 feet, CTS-V, 162 ft, and the Merc was 168 ft. The XFR had the lowest skidpad at .88 g, the E63 had the highest at .92 g.

I take issue with the CTS-V's ad that says it is the fastest V8 sedan in the world, because the Panamera does 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 193 mph, which are both faster than the CTS-V.

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smk4565    292
Jaguar admitted the CTS-V is the better car and backed out. No excuse from smk can explain that.

So what if Jaguar were to challenge Cadillac to a luxury features and interior materials contest with the XJ? Cadillac would back out. Jaguar does some things really well, and some things not as well as other brands. Although, I wished the XFR was in this race, because I think it would be close.

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