Jaguar mulls new ‘S’ version of XFR super saloon to match rivals

Article by Anita Panait, on February 3, 2012

Jaguar is seriously mulling to create a new version of the Jaguar XFR, in an attempt to outmatch the models from rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Jaguar plans to introduce the XFR-S, the 503-bhp XFR’s faster and more focused variant aimed at competing, or even winning, against the 552bhp BMW M5 and 549bhp Mercedes E63 AMG, company insiders revealed. 

Jaguar has been successful in giving the “R-S” moniker to its XKR model, and plans to duplicate that achievement. 

Although Jaguar has yet to release details of the plan, the XFR-S may sport firmer chassis settings, more aggressive styling and exhaust note. Of course, the car’s power, currently supplied by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, should be upgraded to around 550bhp to compete with BMW and Mercedes’ power.

XFR-S was reportedly seen testing at the Nurburgring last summer. The XKR-S is around £5,000 more expensive than the XKR, and buyers should expect the XFR-S to be priced at the same level. Expected price of the XFR-S is over £70,000, which makes the car more or less as expensive its rivals.

Jaguar XFR-S is the second model in the brand’s ultra-high performance R-S range. Joining the Jaguar XKR-S, the XFR-S is in the exclusive 300-kilometer-per-hour club. The car is a clear expression of Jaguar’s legendary sports saloon lineup.

The XFR-S combines certain engineering features from the new F-Type 2-seater sports car and the XKR-S in order to come up with the most agile, driver-focused, and responsive iteration of the awarded XF saloon range from Jaguar. The XFR-S was developed by the specialist ETO division of Jaguar Land Rover. It has bespoke powertrain, body enhancements, and chassis that enable it to push the boundaries of performance.

It is the car’s 5-liter supercharged V8 petrol engine that gives it an electrifying performance. This V8 engine boasts 550PS and 680Nm, which represents an increase of 40PS and 55Nm, respectively, over its XFR installation. These increases have been brought about by changes to engine management system as well as revised optimization of air flow both in and out of the car’s engine.

Fitted with an 8-speed transmission that also makes use of Jaguar's 'Quickshift' technology, the car benefits from a rise in engine output, allowing the XFR-S to accelerate to 60mph within 4.4 seconds, and on to a top speed of 186mph.

Meanwhile, airflow is managed for the engine to be able to operate at peak efficiency as well as let the car cleave safely and cleanly. The resulting body has changed, having created a distinctively assertive look, starting with deeper front bumper with larger lower-air intakes, carbon fiber front splitter, and vertical vanes.

Additionally, deeper sills and 'aero-blades' make way for a cleaner air passage along the car’s side, then on to the rear bumper sides. This while a carbon fiber rear diffuser positioned between the quad tailpipes extends under the rear of the XFR-S to reduce lift. More specifically, overall lift is lessened by 68%, thanks also in part to a bootlid mounted spoiler. Two designs for this mounted spoiler are available.

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