Jaguar XFR-S to make its debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on July 9, 2012

Jaguar has been spied while testing its near-production-ready XF prototype in the Midlands last week. It’s believed that this is the company’s new XFR-S saloon. Jaguar officials said that the company is currently developing this car, which is likely to be powered by the supercharged 542bhp V8 engine, the same one used on the hardcore XKR-S.

Fans expect this car to be introduced this November at the Los Angeles Motor Show, according to Autocar. This prototype is in a more advanced phase than those previously spotted near the Nürburgring. It comes with several aerodynamic features that appear to be headed for the production version. There is a small lip spoiler at the front while there’s another fixed spoiler on the bootlid at the rear.

This new model offers Jaguar with a stronger competitor to the 552bhp BMW M5 and 549bhp Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. Insiders say that the standard 503bhp XFR has been beaten by its modern rivals when it comes to its features.

Jaguar’s Design Team focused on the appearance of the Jaguar XFR-S in order for it to reach its full potential. That is what Wayne Burgess, Studio Director, Jaguar Design Reflecting said, as the Jaguar XFR-S receives modifications, particularly on its skin, to improve aesthetics as well as aerodynamics – it’s like hitting two birds with one stone.

An adequate amount of airflow is sent towards the engine bay thanks to its new and deeper carbon-fiber framed front bumper incorporated with larger lower central and side air intakes. More so, on the lower edge of the bumper is its carbon fiber front splitter so that air passes smoothly through the car during high speeds – a first of many aerodynamic changes on the XFR-S.

The XFR-S is also designed to have extended side sills and aeroblade mouldings behind the front wheels. Both function as a sharp break-off point between the lower bodywork and the road surface. It was designed this way so that airflow is attached to the car’s sides for longer periods of time. This idea has also been used on the deeper side mouldings behind the rear wheels.

In order to reduce lift, the XFR-S comes with an extended rear bumper combined with a deeper central, carbon fiber diffuser (compared to that on the XFR). More so, the fitment on the bootlid-mounted spoiler helps reduce rear lift while managing the airflow on the top rear portion of the Jaguar XFR-S.

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