Friday, 9 March 2012 1:22 PM
We never knew numbers could be so sexy until we started to closely examine the specs of the new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Those specs were pure pornography. The other showstopper of Geneva, albeit for slightly different and less trouser-arousing reasons, was the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. More detailed specs are going to be released from Castle Bromwich a bit closer to the UK on-sale date, expected in the third quarter of this year.
But in the meantime, here are a few more specs we can share. They're not quite as sexy as the Ferrari specs, but a Jaguar estate is being marketed more for versatility and practicality than power lust.
There's certainly plenty of room inside with maximum load volume at 1,675 litres with the seats folded down. With the rear seats up, boot space is at 550 litres. To allow for the estate body, it's a tad heavier and bigger than the XF saloon on which it's based. It is just 5mm longer than the saloon and around 70kg heavier. In the back seat, there's an extra 48mm of headroom
The rear suspension is self-levelling air suspension system to improve driving dynamics and this means that it's a great tow vehicle - yes, we do indeed expect to see this one rather than the F12 Berlinetta pulling horse floats along the motorway.
It's powered by a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder diesel or a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel and it's mated to an eight-speed gearbox. It won't necessarily be a thriller - although that said, your correspondent did get the biggest speeding fine of her life while driving the saloon version of the XF late at night on a lonely road in the Middle East, so you never know what sort of mischief could result from the Sportbrake version, albeit in a sensible body.
By Georgia Lewis
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