You'll Like The 2007 Jaguar S-TYPE If...
If you're shopping for a high-performance sport sedan that also exudes a sense of heritage and prestige, the Jaguar S-Type R is worth a look. It can compete with Germany's best at a far more affordable price.
You May Not Like The 2007 Jaguar S-TYPE If...
For many people, having a car that takes top honors in the horsepower race is every bit as important as the image it projects. If you're shopping for a sedan with the most powerful engine or the fastest acceleration from zero to 60 miles per hour, the Jaguar S-Type R is not the car for you.
A new R Luxury package includes power rear sunshade, Adaptive Cruise Control, soft-grain leather seating with contrasting piping, wood and leather steering wheel and bright exterior trim.
In typical Jaguar fashion, the S-Type R's interior is filled with fine leather, plush carpeting and rich, polished wood, with a large LCD screen prominently positioned above the center console. Used to display the navigation and audio settings, the screen is easy to view but the buttons and controls surrounding it are small, difficult to decipher and look borrowed from a less expensive Ford sedan. We have mixed feelings about Jaguar's traditional J-gate shifter, which is not conducive to enthusiastic driving because it lacks any type of "tap-shift" manual control. Jaguar's thickly-bolstered power-adjustable sports seats, on the other hand, earn high marks for good support and long-term comfort.
From its vintage Jaguar Mark 2-inspired grille and headlamp treatment, to its rounded C-pillar and curved rear windscreen, the S-Type R's British styling remains one of the car's greatest selling points. Though it shares its curvaceous body panels with the other S-Type models, the S-Type R's massaged exterior treatment gives it a more aggressive appearance. In addition to the distinctive "R" badging, Jaguar replaces the chrome grille surround, bumper guards and door handles with matching body-colored trim. An athletic stance is created by lowering the suspension and adding a handsome set of 18-inch, five-spoke Vulcan wheels mounted with wide, high-performance tires, and a modest yet functional spoiler adorns the S-Type R's rear deck lid.
The S-Type R's 400-horsepower supercharged engine delivers the kind of jack-rabbit starts that can instantly create butterflies in your stomach. Despite the absence of a manual shift program, the six-speed ZF transmission performs flawlessly, delivering seamless shifts without lag or hesitation. The strong brakes and responsive steering work hand-in-hand with the big 18-inch performance tires to deliver a sense of confidence and control.
Also worthy of praise is Jaguar's Enhanced Computer Active Technology Suspension, or eCATS, a two-stage sport suspension that automatically adjusts the shock absorber damping to deliver the best combination of performance handling and a comfortable ride. In milliseconds, the system can initiate changes to the shock settings, optimizing the suspension for driving dynamics and road conditions.
With a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $64,000, the S-Type R appears a relative bargain when compared to the BMW M5 ($86,195) or the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG ($87,475). Of course, real-world prices may vary widely, so be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price to see what customers in your area are actually paying. In terms of resale, the Jaguar S-Type R is expected to retain only average marks, well below the five-year projected resale figures of the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and Cadillac STS-V.
Befitting its status as the top-of-the-line S-Type, the R features a number of impressive standard features. Included in the mix are a supercharged 4.2-liter V8 engine, a ZF six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), 18-inch alloy wheels, Enhanced Computer Active Technology Suspension (eCATS), stability control, front and rear head-curtain airbags, self-leveling xenon headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming heated rearview mirrors, leather seating surfaces, heated 16-way power driver's and 12-way power passenger's seats, DVD-based navigation, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, dual-zone automatic climate control, power moonroof and a 320-watt Alpine audio system with a trunk-mounted six-disc CD changer.
The new R Luxury Package includes radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control, leather seats with contrasting piping, power rear sunshade, Burl Walnut veneer, wood and leather steering wheel and bright chrome exterior accents covering the bumper blades, grille surround, mirror caps and side window trim. Stand-alone options include Adaptive Cruise Control, 19-inch Barcelona-style wheels and a two-tone interior.
Adaptive Cruise Control
A variation on the standard cruise control, this optional feature employs radar to maintain a set distance between the S-Type R and the car ahead.
Audible Front and Reverse Park Control
An audible signal alerts the driver when either the front or rear bumper comes too close to a stationary object. This feature is especially helpful when backing up the car, as the S-Type R's high rear end and narrow rear window restrict visibility.
Under the Hood
Jaguar's 4.2-liter V8 engine is paired with an Eaton supercharger, creating abundant reserves of low-end torque and horsepower without sacrificing the silky-smooth operation Jaguar owners have come to expect. The belt-driven Eaton supercharger forces air through two intercoolers and from there into the engine's combustion chambers, where the pressurized, cooled air raises efficiency and output. The result is acceleration that pins you to your seat and keeps you there as the car rockets forward. The S-Type R's engine is powerful enough to accelerate it from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 5.3 seconds, yet efficient enough to escape the government's Gas-Guzzler fuel tax.
4.2-liter V8 Supercharged
400 horsepower @ 6100 rpm
413 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23
For many, the Jaguar name is synonymous with luxury, refinement and heritage. But true Jaguar lovers know the brand also has a long history of performance and racing, and nowhere is this legacy more apparent than in the high-performance S-Type R. Designed to do battle with such proven heavyweights as the BMW M5, Cadillac STS-V and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, the S-Type R faces a formidable challenge. Though its heart is more than willing, the S-Type R's aging platform and suspension may disappoint hard-core enthusiasts. One area where the S-Type R does triumph is price, which, even when the car is fully loaded, can be tens of thousands less than its closest competitor.