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    XF V6 3.0 Diesel s portfolio or XF 5.0 V8 Supercharged?

    Hi I'm wanting an XF around 2012, either V6 Diesel S Portfolio or the XFR Supercharged.

    Wondering about reliability and repair/maintenance costs and which would be easier on the wallet!
    The diesel can be easily remapped to get 100Nm more torque than the V8, so should feel much more responsive.

    Your views would be much appreciated...cheers

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    Boring answer is it depends on how many miles you are driving. Diesel best for longer trips as better mileage and keeps DPF healthy. I have the V6 XF S and was amazed by the power when I first drove it. The low end torque is great and overall the car will go as fast as I ever want it to go. The petrol probably sounds better if you want noise, the diesel is quiet and understated. Road fund licence is more on the V8 I believe and you will probably have to pay a lot more for a petrol car over the diesel as there are fewer around. Someone will know more about the petrol, but my diesel is great and if the journeys you use it for are not all short, it may be the cheaper option. There are other threads on what to look for on a used XF, most of which apply to both vehicles, so worth reading up on that too.

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    Why anyone wants to remap an XF beats me.
    Especially if your talking about the XF 3.0 D S.
    I have driven most cars at one time or another including "supercars", and my XF 3.0 D S is way more than enough in today's road conditions, and you can engage dynamic mode when wanted anyway.
    Plus....how many who remap remember to tell their insurance companies.
    If the worst happens your insurers will not pay up.

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    I've wanted to remap my S only once. After a bit of a road rage incident, trying to out accelerate a clearly chipped Vauxhall something or other that was right up my *&%! up a steep motorway hill. I got to 130mph and it ran out of steam (was pulling away from him quite steadily by then). So yes, I found myself in need of a bit more power and no, it was probably for the best that I didn't have it!
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    Simple - V8 if you want a proper Jag or the diesel if money is tight or you are towing a caravan.
    Currently: 2010 XF 3.0 Petrol - Premium Luxury
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    My heart says V8 and I can always change it after ownership!

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    Torque in the XFR and the diesel XFS are similar. If you use one of those simple tune boxes that trick the ECU into thinking conditions are different, then they will report similar gains across the board. Therefore XFR and XFS will on paper produce roughly the same gains. In reality, results may vary.
    Proper tuning, with a rolling road is a better way to go. In this scenario for instance, the lower output 3.0 diesel would gain much more than the XFS diesel.
    The XFR is easy to tune too, remember the XFRS has over 500 lb ft of torque.

    It depends on what you want. The diesel will never have the savagery of acceleration that the supercharged v8 has. The way they burst forward from 3k rpm and then keep building until the red line is something you can only get from both high BHP and torque. The diesels are cheaper and still feel fast in that surgey swelly way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenticular View Post
    Why anyone wants to remap an XF beats me.
    Especially if your talking about the XF 3.0 D S.
    I have driven most cars at one time or another including "supercars", and my XF 3.0 D S is way more than enough in today's road conditions, and you can engage dynamic mode when wanted anyway.
    Plus....how many who remap remember to tell their insurance companies.
    If the worst happens your insurers will not pay up.
    Guess you haven't ever remapped a car or bike then?
    My current car is remapped and insurance is only £30 higher cos of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dicky-Art View Post
    Guess you haven't ever remapped a car or bike then?
    My current car is remapped and insurance is only £30 higher cos of it!
    So....how often, and where, do you actually make use of remapping?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenticular View Post
    So....how often, and where, do you actually make use of remapping?!
    I have remapped/tuned all three of my Jags, and I use the extra power and torque regularly.
    It's not really about bumping up the max power and max torque, it's more about increasing the shove "under the curve", especially in the 2,000 to 4,000 rpm range.
    It improves the throttle response and general drive-ability a lot, especially on the dirty derv.
    Great for quick overtakes particularly on single lane roads where you want to get past as quickly as possible.
    2014 F-Type S coupe, Lunar Grey, red seats and nearly all the options.
    The dearly departed - 2010 XFS and 2010 XFR.

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